The Juravinski Hospital began as the Mount Hamilton Hospital in 1917, serving the veterans of the first war and opened as the Henderson General Hospital in 1954 as a 322-bed hospital serving chronic and convalescent patients.

In 2003, the Juravinski Cancer Centre (JCC), located adjacent to the Henderson General Hospital, joined the Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) family. The Centre serves over 1.7 million people in the Central West Ontario Region, and offers one of the largest cancer treatment services in Ontario. The JCC provides chemotherapy and radiation treatment along with a variety of services including genetic and psychosocial counseling, nutritional services, education and supportive care. Through its affiliation with McMaster University, the JCC is actively involved in research and clinical trials to discover and apply better treatments for cancer.

In 2010, the Henderson Hospital was renamed the Juravinski Hospital in honour of a $43 million donation to healthcare in the Hamilton community by Margaret and Charles Juravinski. This HHS site is now known as the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre (JHCC).

The portfolio of care and services at the JHCC is quite extensive. The JHCC is not only a leader in orthopedics and cancer care, but also provides inpatient acute and palliative care for the Hamilton community, plus diagnostic, laboratory and imaging services to support the needs of cancer patients across the region.

Also located on the JHCC site is the Escarpment Cancer Research Institute (ECRI), a joint HHS and McMaster University research institute. Research is conducted in three cores areas of translational research, clinical trials, and quality of health care/knowledge translation by multidisciplinary teams. 

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AuthorLorenzo Somma