St. Michael's Hospital secures $20 million commitment for a national Centre of Excellence



    TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - St. Michael's Hospital proudly announced a $20
million contribution Monday toward its trailblazing medical research and
education facility that will bring novel treatments to patients and help save
lives around the world.
    The funds, $15 million from the federal government and $5 million from
private donors Arthur and Sonia Labatt, will support the Li Ka Shing Knowledge
Institute of St. Michael's Hospital, composed of the Keenan Research Centre
and the Li Ka Shing International Centre in Health Care Education. Slated to
open in 2010, the new facility will focus on developing novel therapies and
better ways to bring best practices and research discoveries to patient
bedsides faster than ever before.
    "Today St. Michael's Hospital celebrates a historic day as we move
forward in creating an institution where the worlds of research, education and
patient care come together in new ways to share insights to improve quality
health care," St. Michael's Hospital's president and CEO Jeff Lozon said. "By
fostering national and international collaborations the Li Ka Shing Knowledge
Institute, and its engines the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing
International Centre in Health Care Education, will act as a springboard for
scientific innovations and discoveries for the best in patient care around the
globe."
    The federal government's pledge today has demonstrated that they are
prepared to invest in a partnership with other levels of government and the
private sector to create centres that operate at international standards of
excellence, and put knowledge to work for the social and economic benefits of
Canadians.
    "Without the support of the federal, provincial and municipal
governments, and the generous gifts of private sector donors such as the Li Ka
Shing (Canada) Foundation, Patrick and Barbara Keenan, Arthur and Sonia
Labatt, and the many other generous donors, this new vision of the union of
research, education and care would not be possible. At St. Michael's Hospital,
these funds will enable our facility to become a centre of excellence where we
will work to improve outcomes from acute disease processes, reduce the burden
of chronic diseases and improve wellness and care," said Lozon.
    Of the $20 million announced today, $15 million will come from the
federal government that has committed $105 million in 2007-2008 to support the
operations of leading Canadian health science centres of excellence. A further
gift of $5 million from Arthur and Sonia Labatt will help create the Labatt
Family Centre of Excellence in Brain Injury and Trauma Research as part of the
Keenan Research Centre and will create the Arthur and Sonia Labatt
Professorship in Neurosurgery, an innovative training program to help St.
Michael's Hospital share our knowledge globally to meet the critical need for
neurosurgeons in Africa.
    "We are delighted to support St. Michael's Hospital," said the Labatts.
"We have seen first-hand the excellent and innovative care the Hospital
provides to so many and are excited to support this important area of research
and knowledge translation."

    St. Michael's Hospital is a large and vibrant Catholic teaching and
research hospital in the heart of Toronto. Fully affiliated with the
University of Toronto, St. Michael's Hospital leads with innovation, and
serves with compassion. Renowned for providing exceptional patient care, St.
Michael's Hospital is a regional trauma centre and downtown Toronto's
designated trauma centre for adults.




For further information:

For further information: Julie Saccone, Media Relations, St. Michael's
Hospital, (416) 864-5047, sacconej@smh.toronto.on.ca; Tia Waddling, Media
Relations, St. Michael's Hospital, (416) 864-5960,
waddlingt@smh.toronto.on.ca; Public Relations, at (416) 864-5034

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