The Health Services Restructuring Commission announced that Toronto’s 87-year-old Wellesley Hospital was to be closed, and the bulk of its programs were moved to St. Michael’s. The Wellesley had a strong tradition of caring for people experiencing disadvantage and stigma, including people with HIV infection and those experiencing poverty or homelessness. The merger brought several rising stars to ICHRU, including:
- Dr. Rick Glazier, a family doctor and scientist. Soon after joining ICHRU, Dr. Glazier launched the Toronto Community Health Profiles Partnership, now Ontario Community Health Profiles Partnership.
- Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi, an internal medicine physician with a research focus on HIV care and the care of people who use drugs. Dr. Bayoumi went on to lead and co-lead several pivotal MAP studies, including research that successfully made the case to expand supervised injection facilities in Canada.