TORONTO, Feb. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH)
Foundation is thrilled to announce a generous $5-million gift from
Peter and Diana Thomson who will be honouring Peter's parents to create
the Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre.
The Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre will be the focal point
of a $211-million Redevelopment of the TEGH site. This expansion will
be one of the largest investments in infrastructure that east Toronto
has seen in decades.
"We are profoundly grateful for this magnificent gift. Up to now, East
General has been one of Toronto's best-kept secrets," said Michael
Burns, Chair of the TEGH Foundation Board of Directors. "Diana and
Peter's inspirational support will raise awareness of our hospital and
send a powerful message to Toronto's philanthropic and corporate
communities about the importance of involvement in community hospitals,
where 90% of health care issues are met."
"Toronto East General Hospital is our local hospital, the place where
our daughter was born, and a vital part of East Toronto's diverse
communities," said Peter Thomson. "Diana and I are proud of the
Hospital's history and accomplishments. We are delighted to support its
mission to care for and improve the lives of the families it serves."
The Ken and Marilyn Patient Care Centre will accommodate the most
advanced medical technology, the highest standards of infection control
and superior privacy and comfort for patients and their families. It
will also accommodate 280 new medical and surgical beds, and
consolidate our dozens of outpatient programs into a single, convenient
"This is the largest single gift to our Care Campaign," added Rob
Devitt, CEO of TEGH. "It will enable a transformation in care for our
patients and leave a lasting legacy for the health of our community. We
are privileged, and proud, to dedicate our new Patient Care Centre in
the Thomson name."
The Toronto East General Hospital Foundation is undertaking a $60
million private sector campaign to support the hospital's historic
$211-million capital Redevelopment Project. To date, the Care Campaign
has raised more than $45 million under the leadership of campaign
chair, Michael Burns; and vice-chairs Michael MacMillan, co-founder and
chairman of Samara; and Bill MacKinnon, former CEO of KPMG LLP.
SOURCE Toronto East General Hospital
For further information:
Justin Van Dette
Manger, Corporate and Community Relations
Toronto East General Hospital Foundation