Scarborough Health Network

The CASC Supervisors of the Greater Toronto Area offer Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in hospital venues.  

Persons interested in knowing more about the centres and supervisors listed here are encouraged to contact the centre by telephone or e-mail. Supervisors are happy to discuss their programs with prospective participants and explain the specific aspects of their programs as they may contribute to the requirements and purposes of the inquiring participant





Scarborough General Hospital                  
Spiritual and Religious Care Department
3050 Lawrence Ave., E.
Scarborough, ON M1P 2V5

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Centre Supervisor
Mr. Ajith Varghese, Th. M. 

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The Scarborough General Hospital (TSH) is the largest urban community hospital in Canada.  Situated in the most diverse community in Canada, TSH delivers innovative, high-quality patient care at two hospital campuses (General and Birchmount) and six satellite sites.  TSH is a regional centre for dialysis and is renowned for its sexual assault care centre and mental health programs.  Affiliated with the University of Toronto, TSH is also a referral centre for vascular surgery, pacemakers and corneal implants.

TSH also provide services in the area of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, emergency, oncology, palliative care, medical and heart intensive care and a number of clinics, (e.g. fracture, chemotherapy, pacemaker).  Corneal transplants, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, geriatric day programs, child and family mental health clinic are some of the regional services offered by the hospital.  TSH General Campus is situated at the Lawrence Avenue East and the McCowan Road intersection. The General Campus houses the regional hemodialysis unit and MRI unit.  The General Campus cares for 380 in-patients at any one time and thousands of outpatients over the period of a year.

The region of Scarborough is the most diverse community in Canada. Many races, religions and ethnicities are represented in the hospital staff and patient populations.  There is a large number of Asians, South Asians Southern and Eastern Europeans and Caribbean peoples.


The Spiritual & Religious Care Department of The Scarborough Hospital has a Director, a Manager and six full-time Staff Chaplains.  A Roman Catholic Deacon coordinates the Roman Catholic ministry two days per week at the General Campus. Community clergy and lay people are involved in the hospital ministry through a number of programs.  The Department is closely linked with the multicultural and ethics initiative of the hospital.

CPE Student Participation

Each student, in consultation with the Supervisor, chooses a nursing unit to do ministry.  As evening and weekend Chaplains, students have the opportunity to carry out ministry throughout the hospital. The full-time summer unit (twelve weeks) from May to July is five days per week from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Evening duty is assigned on rotation with the fellow students.  The student is on duty from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  There is no overnight duty.  Students are given the freedom to choose the time of their eight hour shift on Saturdays and Sundays. Students are assigned to weekends on rotation with their peers.  The extended program from mid-September to mid-March is two days a week,  Monday and Wednesday with the same time schedule and hospital-wide ministry opportunities.