The History of Sunnybrook Hospital - Dundurn

The History of Sunnybrook Hospital

Battle to Greatness

Published November 2014


Heritage Toronto Book Award — Shortlisted, Non-Fiction Book

The story of Sunnybrook is one of perseverance by many dogged pioneers, rebelling and innovating to keep the organization alive.

The story of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is one of battle and rebellion in the pursuit of excellence. With the perseverance of many innovators, Sunnybrook endured many battles, forging new directions and becoming stronger and greater.

The History of Sunnybrook Hospital: Battle to Greatness brings to life this tumultuous history: as a veteran’s hospital, born of the passionate battles launched by angry citizens to build better hospitals for our Second World War veterans; as a community and teaching hospital, rebelling and innovating to stay alive; and, finally, as a full-fledged academic health sciences centre, struggling to maintain its identity and focus.

In The History of Sunnybrook Hospital, you will find the stories of pioneers, rebels, and leaders, and the pivotal events and innovations that have shaped Sunnybrook’s character and legacy.


Francesca Grosso

Francesca Grosso is principal at Grosso McCarthy, a health care strategy firm. On the board of Patients Canada, she has also helped establish a number of other health-focused organizations. A co-author of Navigating Canada’s Health Care: A User Guide to the Canadian Health Care System, Francesca lives in Toronto.

Book Details

November 2014
6x9 in
368 pp
November 2014
320 pp