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The Toronto Hospital record group
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Affiliated Students

Sub-series contains a 10% sample of the records of students from affiliated schools of nursing who attended the Atkinson School of Nursing of the Toronto Western Hospital to receive a specialized course of instruction or to complete professional training in nursing service in the nursing department of the Toronto Western Hospital 1935-1973. File 1.2.1.6.1 includes monthly ratings of student nurses in the Operating Room, as well as miscellaneous correspondence such as letters of recommendation, and applications for post-graduate training. It is likely that these records are of a post-graduate training course in Operating Room techniques.

Ambulatory Care Committee Minutes

Series consists of minutes from the Ambulatory Care Committee and its various subcommittees and/or related committees. Series also includes copies of presentations given to the Committee by various departments within the hospital.

File 7.5.1 includes minutes from the Community Culture Conscious Subcommittee and the House Staff-Liaison Committee. File 7.5.2 includes minutes from the Community Services Subcommittee. File 7.5.3 includes minutes from the Emergency Subcommittee. File 7.5.4 includes minutes from the Executive Committee of the Medical Advisory Board. File 7.5.5 includes minutes from the Community Service Subcommittee. File 7.5.6 includes minutes from the Community Services Subcommittee.

Toronto General Hospital. Ambulatory Care Committee

Annual Graduation and Year-End Reports

Sub-series consists of reports prepared by the Superintendent/ Director of the TGH School of Nursing and presented at the School’s annual convocation ceremonies for graduating students in May or June and/or submitted to the TGH Superintendent/ Executive Director as an academic year-end report, usually in September. Graduation reports 1 to 7 and 12, for the years 1882 to 1888, and 1893 are missing. For each of the years 1889 to 1906 a single report was prepared and was presented at graduation. For each of the years 1907-1921, 1923-1925 two reports were prepared: the first was presented at graduation in May; the second was submitted to the TGH Superintendent. For each of the years 1926 to 1970 a single report was prepared and was presented at graduation. For each of the years 1971 to 1973 a single report was prepared and was submitted to the TGH Executive Director.

Reports contain general information pertinent to the administration of the School, including statistics re: staff, applicants, admissions, and graduations; developments in the School’s curriculum and facilities; scholarships and awards; and information about staff appointments.

Annual Reports and Applications for Registration

Sub-series consists of annual reports prepared by the Superintendent/ Director of the TGH School of Nursing and submitted to the Nursing Branch, Ontario Department of Health (1930-1962/1963) and the College of Nurses of Ontario (1963/1964-1969/1970). Reports were required for accreditation as an approved school for training registered nurses in Ontario. Report for 1946 is missing.

Reports contain information about the School’s faculty (including academic credentials and professional experience), administration, students (numbers admitted, graduated, resigned etc.), curriculum (courses offered, hours of instruction provided), professional experience provided for/ required of students (hours and types of nursing service provided by students), and facilities (classrooms, laboratories, library, residence).

Annual Reports to New York State Education Department

Sub-series consists of annual reports prepared by the Superintendent of the TGH School of Nursing and submitted to the New York State Education Department, University of the State of New York at Albany. The reports were required as a condition of the School’s continuing accreditation by the New York State Education Department.

Reports contain information about the School’s administrative and teaching staff (titles, qualifications, professional experience), students (number of students, types of student records maintained, length and cost of students’ education program, students’ professional duties), facilities, affiliations with other educational institutions, curriculum (courses offered, hours of instruction, degrees granted).

Reports for 1913, 1918 and 1924 are missing.

Applications for admission

Series consists primarily of application forms completed and submitted by candidates for admission to the Training School for Nurses at the TGH 1881-1910 (graduating classes of 1884-1913). Some files also contain materials subsequently added, usually letters from students or their agents requesting information contained in their files.

Archives and Historical Committee

Series consists of minutes, correspondence, historical records and photographs created or collected by the Archives and Historical Committee. Material from the Department of Medical Photography and files from the Public Relations Photo and Slide Library are interspersed within these files. Some of this may be due to the dual roles of Committee members, but in the case of files 2.8.49 to 2.8.57 they appear to be files borrowed by the Chair of the Committee. No attempt has been made to rearrange these files according to their original provenance.

File 2.8.1 includes 2 photographs of Nuclear Cardiology from the early 1980s.

File 2.8.2 contains a photograph of a construction site at TGH in July 1977 and a patient handbook from TGH from [198-?].

Files 2.8.10 to 2.8.13 were originally kept in one binder and probably belonged to Peter Edwards, who was at one point Chairman of the Historical Committee. File names are taken from the divider titles.

File 2.8.16 includes a guide for the della Robia style plaques which hung in the Outpatient Clinical in the Mulock/Larkin Wing of the Toronto General Hospital.

File 2.8.30 includes copies of photographs from the 1940s that were made in 1978.

Atkinson School of Nursing of the Toronto Western Hospital sous-fonds

Sous-fonds consists of student records created and maintained by the Atkinson School of Nursing of the Toronto Western Hospital and subsequently maintained by the TTH Nursing Education and Research Department. See series-level description for details. Sous-fonds includes one series:

1.2.1 Student records

Toronto Western Hospital. Atkinson School of Nursing

Audit Committee minutes

Series consists of the draft minutes, agendas, correspondence, and reports of the TTH Board of Trustees Audit Committee from 1989 to 1994. The official minutes for these years have not been transferred to the Archives. File 8.4.5 includes a report from the Office of the Provincial Auditor for The Toronto Hospital - Toronto General Division, 1990-1991. File 8.4.14 includes a report from the Internal Audit Department entitled “Strategic Directions, 1993/94-1995/96.” File 8.4.17 includes 1994 audit reports from the Audit Department; management responses to the audit report and an audit plan and report for 1994.

The Toronto Hospital. Audit Committee

Audit reports

Series consists of audit reports and financial statements from various TGH departments between 1948 and 1991. These reports were accumulated by TTH Office of the President.

Board of Trustees correspondence

Series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence between the Office of the President and Board of Trustees members. Series also contains copies of minutes from various Board of Trustees committees and hospital acts and by-laws which were accumulated by the President. File 9.3.1 contains a copy of the TGH Master Plan dated May 6, 1974. This file also contains TGH By-laws for medical staff dated 1982.

The Toronto Hospital. Office of the President

Board of Trustees fonds

Fonds includes eight series of minutes:

8.1 TGH/TTH Board of Trustees minutes
8.2 Toronto Western Hospital Board of Trustees Minutes
8.3 Toronto Western Hospital Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Members
8.4 Audit Committee minutes
8.5 Clinical Quality Assurance Committee minutes
8.6 Finance Committee minutes
8.7. Human Resources Committee minutes
8.8 Planning Committee minutes

The Toronto Hospital. Board of Trustees

Canadian Museum of Health and Medicine

Series consists of correspondence and reports from the curator of the Canadian Museum of Health and Medicine, as well as miscellaneous publications accumulated by the Curator. File 2.7.14 to 2.7.17 consists of material donated to the Museum by Dr. John Desmond in October 1997. These materials relate to his privately produced booklets on the history of medicine in Toronto. File 2.7.18 includes a letter from Margaret Best to Dr. Bill Bigelow explaining the history of the photograph of Banting and Best on the roof of the UofT medical sciences building with one of the diabetic dogs (Marjorie?) used in experiments with insulin , and a copy of the booklet TGH 150 Years (1829-1979) with notations.

Caring

Series consists of copies of <i>Caring</i>, the TTH weekly staff newsletter. <i>Caring</i> was first published April 7, 1989, replacing <i>Generally Speaking</i>, the staff newsletter of the Toronto General Hospital (Sub-series 7.1, The Toronto General Hospital fonds).

The newsletter contains news and announcements, including staff appointments and retirements; special events; changes to Hospital services and facilities, organizational charts, obituaries etc.

Files 2.2.8 to 2.2.9 contain some of the master copies of the issues.

There are some errors in issue numbering. Some issues are also missing.

Ceremonies and special events

Series consists of various materials documenting ceremonies and special events associated with the TGH School of Nursing. File 1.1.9.1 contains a commemorative publication, prepared by the TGH School of Nursing Alumnae Association to honor the graduates of the School who served during World War I.

File 1.1.9.2 contains materials relating to the School’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 1931, including a program of events, a list of letters received, a narrative summary of principal events, census of registration, text of address by Mary Snively, a list of donors of prizes and scholarships for the School 1900-1931, a list of living graduates of the School 1883-1930 with their address and place of occupation in 1931, a History of the School for Nurses published by the TGH School of Nursing Alumnae Association, and correspondence relating to the publication of the History. File 1.1.9.20 contains a copy of the second volume of the History, published in 1968 by Mary E. Macfarland, former TGH Director of Nursing, and intended to mark the 85th anniversary of the founding of the School, April 1966.

File 1.1.9.10 contains copies of invitations to the School’s graduation dinner for 1958, 1959, 1963 and 1967. File 1.1.9.11 contains copies of speeches at the TGH School of Nursing graduation ceremonies by Samuel Beatty, Chancellor of the University of Toronto (1954) and Dana Porter, Chief Justice of Ontario (1958). File 1.1.9.13 contains lists of speakers (1950-1975) and presenters of pins and diplomas (1946-1977) at the TGH School of Nursing graduation ceremonies. Files 1.1.9.14 to 1.1.9.19 contain copies of the program of events for TGH School of Nursing graduation ceremonies 1919-1974, including the names of speakers, presenters, graduates, and academic prize winners.

Clinical Quality Assurance Committee minutes

Series consists of the official minutes of the TTH Board of Trustees Clinical Quality Assurance Committee as well as quality management reports presented to the Committee from various TTH departments.

The files were originally stored by year in 3 separate binders. Files are arranged chronologically as per originally binders. Original binder names have been included as headings within the file list.

File 8.5.2 includes a quality management report from the Surgical Directorate, October 1993. File 8.5.3 includes a quality management presentation from the Department of Radiology. File 8.5.4 includes a quality improvement report from the Neurological Centre. File 8.5.5 includes a quality improvement report from the Multi-Organ Transplant Program. File 8.5.7 includes a copy of a quality improvement presentation from the Oncology Program dated May 31, 1994. File 8.5.8 includes a quality improvement report from the Cardiac Centre dated 1994. File 8.5.10 includes a TTH quality improvement status report dated August 1994. File 8.5.11 includes a quality improvement presentation from the Department of Psychology. File 8.5.12 includes a quality report from the Occupational Therapy Department. File 8.5.16 includes a quality report from the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. File 8.5.17 includes a quality report from the Social Work Department. File 8.5.20 includes a quality report from the Department of Clinical Biochemistry. File 8.5.21 includes quality improvement presentations from the Departments of Microbiology and Medical Imaging. File 8.5.22 includes a quality improvement report from the Department of Multi-Organ Transplant. File 8.5.24 includes a quality survey report from the Volunteer Resources Department dated October 1996.

The Toronto Hospital. Clinical Quality Assurance Committee

Corporate Agreements

Series consists of the signed merger agreement between The Toronto Hospital and the Ontario Cancer Institute/Princess Margaret Hospital:

4.2.1 Merger agreement between TTH and OCI/PMH (1997)

The Toronto Hospital. Medical/Legal Affairs

Correspondence

Series consists of correspondence sent and received by Department staff including newsletters, minutes, and newspaper clippings.

File 2.3.2 includes TTH Abuse Policies.

File 2.3.12 contains a photograph of Dr. Robson.

Correspondence

Series consists of outgoing correspondence from Michael J. McCartney, Corporate Director of the Strategic Planning department. Files include correspondence to department heads, planning committees, and the President of TTH on matters such as estimates on cost savings and bed numbers, committee business, updates on the implementation process, planning priorities and guidelines, and financial statistics on various departments.

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