IWK Health Centre
Mental Health and Addictions
Women's and Newborn Health
2,976 staff members and more than 750 volunteers
Approximately 1.78 million throughout the three Maritime provinces
The IWK Health Centre is a tertiary, secondary, and primary care facility based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is dedicated to teaching, research, family-centred care and health promotion. The Health Centre is unique in Nova Scotia in that it has a mandate to serve children, youth, women and families in the three Maritime provinces and beyond.
The IWK proudly promotes a mission of caring, teaching, research and leadership. First and foremost, our staff, volunteers and partners are committed to helping children, youth and women in the Maritimes be the healthiest in the world.
Each year, there are more than 4,500 babies delivered at the IWK; approximately 400 visits to our Women's Health Community Clinics; 27,000 visits to the Children's Emergency Department; 9,000 poison centre assessments; and nearly 1.3 million tests completed by our labs. The IWK is also a respected centre for its world-class research into disorders and disease affecting children and women, and also for its services in genetics and child and adolescent mental health.
In addition to the thousands of patients who require inpatient care at the IWK, tens of thousands more visit our ambulatory clinics for outpatient management of conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and asthma.
Halifax Regional Municipality is a port city on Canada's picturesque east coast. As the business, education, research and technological hub of Atlantic Canada, it is home to several universities and colleges, as well as leading research institutions. A culturally dynamic and diverse centre, Halifax is also rich in heritage and tradition.