At UHN, we strive to deliver Compassionate Care & Caring. Learn more about the services and supports that are available to you throughout your journey.
Our UHN programs and services are among the most advanced in the world. We have grouped our physicians,
staff, services and resources into 10 medical programs to meet the needs of our patients and help us make
the most of our resources.
At the heart of everything we do at UHN are our Healthcare Professionals. Refer a patient to one of our 12 medical programs. Learn more about the resources and opportunities available for professional growth.
University Health Network has grown to be one of the largest research and teaching hospital networks in Canada - pioneers in improving the lives of patients. Our long history of health professions education at Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret and Toronto Rehab hospitals has consistently advanced the science of education.
University Health Network is a health care and medical research organization in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN has made us a national and international
source for discovery, education and patient care.
Being touched by illness affects us in different ways. Many people want to give back to the community
and help others. At UHN, we welcome your contribution and offer different ways you can help so you can find one that suits you.
The Newsroom is the source for media looking for information about UHN or trying to connect with one
of our experts for an interview. It's also the place to find UHN media policies and catch up on our news stories, videos, media releases,
podcasts and more.
In March 2015, Alex Dritsas took to the ice for a recreational hockey game.
Alex was goaltending when a collision occurred in front of the net that resulted in a player falling on top of him, landing on his neck.
The accident left the 28 year-old Canadian Forces reservist paralyzed from the neck down.
Having undergone emergency surgery, Alex was admitted to Toronto Rehab's Spinal Cord Rehab program in April.
"Until I got here every single person believed I would never walk again," Alex says. "Then literally on day one Jamie (physiotherapist) stood me up with my brother and they got me on my feet for the first time in over a month."
Alex underwent respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, and physiotherapy at Toronto Rehab's Lyndhurst Centre.
In August, Alex returned home and is back living with his twin brother, Andre.
"Today I'm walking, doing stairs. I use walking aids as more of a safety net or a seat if I need it," he says.
"To see Alex doing the stairs as well as he does it's really heartwarming and gratifying as a physiotherapist," says Jamie Young, physiotherapist, Spinal Cord Rehab program.
Alex is now an outpatient in the Spinal Cord Rehab program and is working towards getting back on the ice. He has also returned to work as a realtor.
"Thirty-one days. That's how long it took me to stand up on my own feet," says Alex. "And ever since that day I just never looked back."
Keeping Canada Alive
Alex's story was part of a CBC documentary series:
Keeping Canada Alive. The series follows several healthcare providers and patients from across Canada on a single day to provide viewers with a snapshot of the Canadian healthcare system.
For a look into Alex's journey through rehab, click