About Us

The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) represents Ontario’s 23 research hospitals that play a unique and vital role in the province’s health care system. Collectively, we provide advanced patient care services, train the next generation of health care professionals, and conduct leading-edge research to discover tomorrow’s care today. On the foundation of this work, we generate the expertise and evidence to drive change as system leaders, building a healthier, wealthier, smarter Ontario.

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 23 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 fourth quality: acting as a connector and partner with others in the system, thereby building capacity for all.

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.