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Our History

Two sites with a single purpose; to provide the best in progressive community care.

Markham Stouffville Hospital Corporation is a representation of the community it supports; providing health care in our community that reflects the activity, ethnicity, interests, age, lifestyle and physical and mental health needs of the residents in Markham, Stouffville and Uxbridge.

Markham Site

Anticipating the community benefit of a local hospital, a group of residents of Markham and Stouffville started building awareness of the need for care close to home back in the 1950s.  That led to a full-fledged campaign by the early 1960s. In 1967, a sizeable donation of land was received from philanthropist Arthur Lacham, and in 1968 a hospital corporation was officially founded.

Approval from the provincial government for a hospital in Markham was finally received in 1982, conditional upon a $5 million community contribution as part of the estimated $45 million construction cost. Within 18 months, the overwhelming generosity of our community resulted in that goal being met.

Final Government approval came in 1985 and construction began in the midst of what was then the cornfield along 9th line in July of 1987.

The Hospital - Markham Site - opened its doors on March 5, 1990 to a welcoming community of approximately 77,000 members.                                                             

Uxbridge Site

In January of 2004, Markham Stouffville Hospital Corporation welcomed Uxbridge Cottage Hospital as a partner site in the provision of hospital care to a now broader geography and extended community. The Cottage Hospital (Uxbridge) had officially opened in January 1959, a two-storey brick structure housing 25 beds and offering medical, surgical care, emergency, diagnostic and obstetrical services. Since then many changes have been made as the hospital sought to keep pace with the growing community and rapidly developing changes in the provision of community care.  Aligning with the Markham Stouffville Hospital has resulted in a real partnership of care, incorporating new technology and management practices that focus clearly on the best care closest to home for members of the community and surrounding areas.

Looking Ahead

York Region has earned wide recognition as one of the fastest growing Regions in the Province of Ontario.   The Towns of Markham, Stouffville and Uxbridge now number close to 300,000 residents and expansion of the Hospital sites and services is required to meet the needs of this growth. Planning is underway to renovate, expand and include a new Health and Wellness Campus at Markham Site. Click here to find out more about the expansion project.