Why Choose Hamilton Health Sciences?

Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) is the only hospital system in Ontario providing specialty care to people throughout the entire life cycle, from pre-birth to old age. HHS serves the densely populated south central region of Ontario and is also a referral centre for patients from elsewhere in the province.

With five hospitals (Hamilton General Hospital, Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, McMaster Children’s Hospital, St. Peter’s Hospital and West Lincoln Memorial Hospital) and six specialized healthcare facilities, HHS has the largest hospital-based workforce in Ontario: 15,000 staff, physicians and volunteers.

In addition to providing excellent patient care, Hamilton Health Sciences' mission includes advancing health care through education and research. In affiliation with McMaster University and other educational institutions, HHS is helping to train the next generation of caregivers. It has also become an international leader in hospital-based research and is recognized as one of the top four healthcare research institutions in Canada. More than 2,000 investigators and research staff at HHS work together to attract $170 million in research funding annually.


Accreditation Canada is a not-for-profit organization that uses evidence-based standards and a rigorous peer review process to foster and provide feedback on quality improvements with a strong focus on patient safety.

Hamilton Health Sciences has received top ranking from Accreditation Canada following its 2011 review, becoming one of the first hospitals in the country to be placed in the "Accreditation with Exemplary Standing" category.. This is the highest ranking now conferred by Accreditation Canada under a new rating system it instituted on January 1, 2012. "We are proud of this ranking and what it says about the commitment of our staff and physicians to improving the standard of care we deliver," says Murray Martin, President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences. "The accreditation process is an important tool that we use to measure our performance compared to other hospitals, and it's great to see that we rank amongst the best in Canada."

Our Mission

To provide excellent health care for the people and communities we serve and to advance health care through education and research.

Our Vision

The Best Care for All

Our Values

  • Respect: We will treat every person with dignity and courtesy.
  • Caring: We will act with concern for the well being of every person.
  • Innovation: We will be creative and open to new ideas and opportunities.
  • Accountability: We will create value and accept responsibility for our activities.

Our Strategic Goals

  1. To provide an excellent patient experience for all.
  2. To be world leaders in moving evidence into practice to deliver the best patient care.
  3. To be leaders in driving change to achieve a seamless health care system.
  4. To be a leader in attracting and stewarding resources to advance our mission.
  5. To be the organization of choice for talented people