In the Fall of 2012, The Princess Margaret changed its official name from Princess Margaret Hospital to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. The reason for this change was simple. The Princess Margaret focuses only on cancer research and cancer care, and our surveys indicated that the general public didn’t know this. The new name, along with our mission to CONQUER CANCER IN OUR LIFETIME, makes our passion and our focus clear to everyone.
The new name also better describes the diversity of work that is done at this institution, which is part of University Health Network (UHN). Patient care is at the heart of what we do, but in concert with that care is breakthrough research starting with basic science and design of new equipment and devices, continuing through to clinical testing of new therapies and procedures. The Princess Margaret provides exemplary teaching, and the world-class reputation of the centre attracts the brightest young researchers and doctors from around the world who come here specifically to work with our esteemed scientists and clinicians.
As part of UHN, The Princess Margaret and other member hospitals share common services including robot-equipped surgical suites, a highly skilled pathology department, and administrative services.
Finally, the name change reflects the institution’s reputation and position as one of the top 5 comprehensive cancer research centres in the world.
In tandem with this change, the Foundation changed its name to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
Both of these changes were implemented in stages as we adopted the new names as cost-efficiently as possible.