I’m Kate Dewhirst.

I provide legal expertise to Ontario’s Hospitals.

Kate Dewhirst Health Law - bringing the law to life. Meet Kate (in 13 seconds)

Services for hospitals

Hospitals all over Ontario use me for these things - I'd love to help you with them too.


If you are a hospital CEO, Chief of Staff, Chief of Department or Medical Affairs leader I will assist with recruitment, discipline, succession planning, and change management with your Professional Staff.

I routinely represent hospital leaders in disputes with doctors, dentists, midwives or NPs before the Medical Advisory Committee and hospital Board.

I literally wrote the book on Professional Staff management and hospital privileges.


If you have a privacy breach, I will help you properly notify affected patients, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and professional Colleges.

I will assist you in dealing with the media and internal communications to change practices. I am able to advise you on freedom of information requests, managing your personal information banks and how to use protections for quality of care information.

Risk management

Hospitals face risk daily. You need to manage those risks strategically and in keeping with your organizational mission, vision and values.

There may be times when you feel like there is no perfect answer to your dilemma, but you still need to be able to move forward. I look at the clinical, legal, ethical, organizational and systemic issues that arise. My Anchors and Kites model helps you ask creative questions that give your team momentum.

Patient relations

I de-escalate challenging situations involving patients and their families.

My advice will equip you not to over- or under- react to any given situation. I can ghost write your letters or provide you with a script for meetings with patients and their families so you feel confident in your communications.

Policy Review

If your hospital has clinical or administrative policies that need updating, I can help.

If you are preparing for accreditation or just want to ensure you are following best practices, I write plain language policies that your team can follow.

Quality management

If you need to review a particular case or establish rounds for quality improvement, I understand quality management issues including the Quality of Care Information Protection Act, and how to use it.


Some things hospital leaders have said about me

Contact me.

Every website needs a contact form - here’s mine. If you think you might need legal advice, or training, if you want to know more or if you’re just having a bad day and want to tell someone about it, please get in touch.

Kate Dewhirst Health Law

Bringing the law to life.


901 King Street West
Suite 400 East Tower
Toronto Ontario M5V 3H5


(416) 855 9557

Please do not send any urgent, sensitive or confidential information from this website. Contacting me, sending me an email or completing a request for me to contact you will not make me your lawyer. That's because there are rules I have to follow to determine whether I can advise you. There may be situations where I cannot act for you because of a conflict of interest or if I do not have the expertise you need. You are not a client unless and until I have agreed to act for you in which case I will write to you to explain how I work and my legal terms and conditions. By clicking “Send” you acknowledge that you have read and understood this disclaimer and that Kate Dewhirst is not yet retained to represent you.

Kate’s Upcoming events

Health privacy ask-me-anything webinar

March 21 2018, 12 noon

Free event for members of my Privacy Officer community

Do you have privacy questions you want to ask me? this is an opportunity to touch base and ask questions. Registration by invitation.

Team Privacy Training Events

March 22, March 23, April 19, June 13

For Primary Care clinics and FHTs

Kate trains health professionals from another five primary care organizations how being privacy-respectful can improve therapeutic relationships. more details...

Where immigration and health law issues collide

April 25, 2018

Presentation to invited Community Health Centre clients

In collaboration with immigration lawyer Jacqueline Swaisland.

2018 Privacy Officer Training

May 8 to June 12, 2018

16 hours live and online training

for Privacy Officers and Privacy Officers-to-be. Live sessions held in Toronto. details and booking...

Kate Dewhirst Health Law

Kate says:

My mission is bringing the law to life. I make legal theory understandable, accessible and fun! I’m available and love to work for all organizations in the healthcare sector across Ontario and beyond.

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contact details

901 King Street West Suite 400 East Tower
Toronto Ontario M5V 3H5

(416) 855 9557