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

MSH-pre-redev-2.jpgAnticipating 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 Latcham, 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.

MSH-pre-redev-1.jpgSince opening Markham and the surrounding communities saw enormous growth and an increase in the needs of our community.  Markham Stouffville Hospital recognized these needs and advocated for the expansion on behalf of the community in the early 2000s. The hospital broke ground on its expansion project in December 2010 and from that time until August 2014, it was busy doubling the size of the facility, tripling the size of the emergency department and increasing access to surgical services, maternal health services and oncology services, among others. 

In September 2014, construction on the expansion of Markham Stouffville Hospital was completed ensuring the hospital could continue to meet the needs of the growing community for years to come.

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.