The Partners

The Global Healthcare Innovation Academy is a partnership event consisting of the following member organizations:

W21C is a health systems research and innovation initiative based in the University of Calgary's O'Brien Institute for Public Health and the Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services. Our interdisciplinary team addresses health care needs through evidence-based practice, technology evaluation, and educational outreach—driving change in the health system to enhance patient safety and quality of care.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, The Geneva University Hospitals (Hôpitaux Universitaires Genève, HUG) were established in 1995. The organization comprises nine hospitals and more than eleven thousand staff members. Encompassing a variety of services and equipment, they are home to one of the most modern technical support centers in Europe, including 39 operating rooms, 2 surgical robots, 5 surgical navigation systems, 51 intensive care beds, and 43 medical imaging machines. Geneva University Hospitals are specialized in such areas as medical genetics, minimally invasive robotic surgery, chronic disease treatment, transplants, oncology, cardiology, and neurosciences.

The School of Nursing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University is located in Hung Hom, Hong Kong. It is a diverse community of clinicians and scholars pursuing both academic and practical excellence in nursing and healthcare services. The School of Nursing is home to three cutting edge laboratories: 1) the Clinical Skills Laboratory, which is furnished and equipped as a complete hospital to provide realistic practice environments; 2) Specialty Laboratories, which hold units incorporating traditional Chinese medicinal nursing, a mental health nursing laboratory, gerontological nursing lab and a herbal medicine learning center; 3) the Integrative Health Clinic which is a nurse led centre researching clinical decision making and the integration of Western and Eastern healthcare modalities.

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. The hospital and its Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre provide outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Research carried out by scientists in the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science and the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute—both of St. Michael's—makes an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

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