Here’s to Equitable Health

For 140 years, Women’s College Hospital (WCH) has been committed to championing equity and representation in healthcare and research, where every patient, physician, researcher, scientist and community member, have access to the opportunities they need to thrive.  

It’s through impactful partnerships with corporations such as the LCBO, that Women’s College Hospital Foundation (WCHF) has been able to provide funding that underscores the work, values, and mission of WCH and its programs – which provide vital services to our community members. 

The LCBO has held true to their promise to keep social responsibility at the heart of their brand through their invaluable partnership with WCHF. Through their Spirit and Sustainability platform, the LCBO and customers across Ontario have donated over $2.8 million in the past year in support of Women’s College Hospital’s greatest needs, including the Transition Related Surgery (TRS) Program. 

As a first of its kind in a publicly funded hospital in Canada, the TRS Program was established in 2019 to support transgender community members through their transitions and make transition-related surgeries more accessible through addressing the significant gaps in access to skilled, primary, emergency, and specialty care services. 

“This is a dream come true, of sorts,” says Alex Smith*, a TRS Program patient who will be undergoing top surgery. “I was given a chance to have life-saving procedures.” 

Members of the TRS Team (L-R): Dr. David Urbach, Head of the Department of Surgery; Dr. Lisa Allen, Site Head, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology; Jack Woodman, Vice President, Strategy, Quality, Risk & Privacy; Josephine Deloso, Registered Practical Nurse, Pre-Admission Unit, Department of Surgery; Emery Potter, Nurse Practitioner, Transition Related Surgery Program; Dr. Yonah Krakowsky, Medical Lead, Transition Related Surgery Program; and Dr. Katie Armstrong, Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeon

This transformational support will continue to directly advance key programs at WCH and ensure that everyone, across the province and the country, has access to the highest quality care, whenever and wherever they need it.   

“Through LCBO’s Spirit of Sustainability platform, we are committed to help create a province where all individuals have equitable access to essential resources needed to live happy, healthy lives.”

George Soleas, President and CEO, LCBO

Thank you, LCBO leadership, staff and generous community members across Ontario for helping us in our mission to create a healthier, more equitable world! 

*name has been changed to maintain confidentiality 

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