About Us

The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) is the non-profit association of Ontario’s 24 research hospitals. CAHO provides a focal point for strategic initiatives on behalf of these hospitals. As research intensive hospitals, CAHO member hospitals are fully affiliated with a university medical or health sciences faculty.

Our hospitals provide Ontario residents with timely access to advanced patient care services; train the next generation of health care professionals; conduct leading-edge research; and  act as a connector and partner with others in the system, thereby building capacity for all. There are four accountabilities of our research hospitals:

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Excellence and Innovation in Patient Care

CAHO hospitals are committed to providing world-class patient care to Ontarians. Our member hospitals meet the challenge of providing care to the sickest, most complex patients. In regions where CAHO members are not represented, approximately 45% of these populations seek care in one of our member hospitals.

Excellence and Innovation in Education

CAHO hospitals are committed to teaching the next generation of health care providers to ensure that the knowledge developed in our hospitals continues to improve the way health care is delivered across Ontario. In addition to teaching, our 24 member hospitals have done important work in the training and development of our providers by building simulation labs that provide a realistic environment in which to train, practice and improve the way we provide care.

Research and Innovation

CAHO hospitals conduct world-class, globally-recognized research. In Ontario, our community conducts 80% of publicly funded health research. In addition, we are working on ways to translate and transfer the knowledge developed by our researchers into the delivery of care to make the health care system more efficient and effective for Ontarians. A key example of this is CAHO’s Adopting Research to Improve Care (ARTIC) Program.

System Role

It is the integration of specialized care, teaching and research that leads to a four quality: acting as a connector and partner with others in the system, thereby building capacity for all.

To read more about CAHO, see CAHO Overview.

Accountabilities of Ontario’s Research Hospitals

In November 2013, CAHO released the report: Accountabilities of Ontario’s Research Hospitals, which demonstrates how Ontario’s research hospitals play a unique and vital role in the province’s health care system. To read the full report, go here.

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