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What are some facts about St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto?

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St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is a Catholic teaching and research hospital founded in 1892. The hospital acts as downtown Toronto's adult trauma center, making services such as neurosurgery, complex cardio and cardiovascular care, diabetes and osteoporosis care, minimally invasive surgery, and care for the critically ill common within its walls, as of 2015. The hospital also cares for the homeless and disadvantaged in the surrounding area, earning the nickname Urban Angel in the process.

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St. Michael's also serves as a teaching hospital, providing instruction in 23 medical disciplines to medical professionals. The hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto to help achieve this purpose. The hospital is the home of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, comprised of both the Keenan Medical Center and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Center. This organization brings researchers, educators and clinicians together to find and implement the best medical practices and research discoveries in real-world settings as soon as possible.

St. Michael's Hospital was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph with 26 beds, six doctors and four nurses in 1892. The hospital received its first medical students in 1894, and formalized its relationship with the University of Toronto in 1920. St. Michael's also ran a nursing school from 1892 to 1974, when Toronto's community college system began offering nursing programs. In all, 5,177 nursing students graduated in 81 classes. After 1974, the hospital opened the first school for medical record librarians in Canada and also assisted in the education of dietitians, X-ray and laboratory technologists.

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