Lead gift launches $100 million campaign in support of cardiac care
TORONTO, Nov. 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Dr. Robert Bell, President and CEO of
University Health Network (UHN), announced today that the Peter and
Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation is donating $18 million to the Peter
Munk Cardiac Centre at UHN. This new gift brings the total investment
by Peter and Melanie Munk in UHN to $65 million.
"Peter and Melanie's new gift builds on their tremendous support over
the 18 years they have been involved in creating a world-class cardiac
centre," said Dr. Robert Bell. "Their generosity will continue to
transform the standard of cardiac care in Canada, North America and
around the world. At the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, heart surgeons,
vascular surgeons, radiologists and cardiologists all work and train
together on an integrated team - something that is setting the standard
for the care of heart patients."
The gift will support innovation, recruitment and retention of top
cardiac talent by leveraging the incredible patient care and research
discoveries already taking place. It will help recruit, retain and
train top minds in cardiovascular medicine, surgery and imaging from
around the globe.
The gift will also provide training in this new approach to cardiac care
which breaks down the traditional barriers amongst the various
specialties and creates the environment necessary for collaborative
"Given the outstanding success achieved and compassionate care
delivered, it didn't take much more than a heart beat for Melanie and
me to support the Cardiac Centre again," said Peter Munk. "This
facility - and more importantly the excellence and innovation of its
caring professionals - has put Canada's cardiac care on the world map."
The Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation's latest gift also
serves to launch a $100-million fundraising campaign at the Peter Munk
Cardiac Centre called Building the Future - from the heart. A primary focus of the campaign is building and sustaining the Centre's
greatest strength - people. This exceptional team of specialists and
medical staff is responsible for the emergence of extraordinary medical
discoveries and the development of innovative treatments for heart
diseases and disorders. More information is available at www.inaheartbeat.ca.
Dr. Barry Rubin, Medical Director of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre,
believes the potential for the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre is unlimited.
"This campaign will help the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre to move
cardiovascular care in innovative new directions and to deliver the
best patient outcomes in the world," says Dr. Rubin. "With the help of
our donors, the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre will lead the way in new
frontiers of cardiovascular patient care, and will also lead the way in
the dissemination of this knowledge worldwide."
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, over 1.3 million
Canadians are living with some form of cardiovascular disease. Over
40,000 people die annually from sudden cardiac deaths and arrhythmias.
Nine in 10 Canadians (90%) have at least one risk factor for heart
disease or stroke (smoking, alcohol, physical inactivity, obesity, high
blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes).
Peter Munk Cardiac Centre
The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre is the premier cardiac centre in Canada.
Since it opened in 1997, the Centre has saved and improved the lives of
cardiac and vascular patients from around the world. Each year,
approximately 37,000 patients receive innovative and compassionate care
from multidisciplinary teams in the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, and the
Centre trains more cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and vascular
surgeons than any other hospital in Canada. The Centre is based at the
Toronto General Hospital and the Toronto Western Hospital - members of
University Health Network.
University Health Network
University Health Network consists of Toronto General, Toronto Western,
Princess Margaret Hospitals, and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. The
scope of research and complexity of cases at University Health Network
has made it a national and international source for discovery,
education and patient care. It has the largest hospital-based research
program in Canada, with major research in cardiology, transplantation,
neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious diseases,
genomic medicine and rehabilitation medicine. University Health Network
is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.
Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation raises funds for research,
education and the enhancement of patient care at Toronto General
Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital as well as their respective
research arms, Toronto General Research Institute and Toronto Western
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