TORONTO, June 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Barrick and Toronto General & Western
Hospital Foundation are pleased to announce Dr. Mark Bernstein, a
neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital, as the holder of The Greg
Wilkins - Barrick Chair in International Surgery. Today's announcement
also marks the opening of The Barrick Gold Corporation Centre for
International Outreach and the naming of the Gregory C. Wilkins Centre
for Excellence in Neuro-Oncology at Toronto Western Hospital.
Barrick and the family of Greg Wilkins, who was the former CEO of
Barrick, have donated $5.5 million to the Toronto General and Western
Hospital Foundation to improve surgical care for neurological
conditions in developing countries, in honour of Greg's memory.
In December 2009, at 53 years of age, Greg Wilkins died of brain cancer.
His courageous battle brought him to Toronto Western Hospital, where he
underwent brain surgery performed by Dr. Bernstein.
"Greg helped build and shape the company that Barrick is today. Not only
did he bring incredible business vision to Barrick, he also brought a
compassion for others that continues to shape the company," said Peter
Munk, Barrick's Founder and Chairman. "Greg's wish was to ensure that
those less fortunate had access to the same high standard of medical
care he received during his illness. Today we are able to fulfill his
wish and pay tribute to a leader who will continue to touch the lives
of thousands of people around the world."
According to international health outreach groups, brain disorders are
one of the leading causes of years lived with disabilities in
This multimillion dollar gift will allow Dr. Bernstein to conduct
research, collaborate with and train doctors and nurses locally, as
well as fund a Fellowship position to train a neurosurgeon from a
developing country at Toronto Western Hospital.
"We are very excited to be able to make such a positive impact in
communities that are struggling to care for patients with neurosurgical
conditions," said Dr. Bernstein. "I have seen first hand the great need
for neurosurgery in developing countries, but with more properly
trained surgeons and nurses who can provide the highly specialized care
necessary, patients in these communities can hope to have better health
Dr. Bernstein is a professor of neurosurgery at the University of
Toronto and has extensive experience training and teaching in
developing communities. In 1996, he performed the first
awake-outpatient craniotomy in the world. Craniotomy is a type of brain
surgery most commonly performed to remove a tumour. By keeping the
patient awake and able to communicate during the surgery, surgeons can
ensure that they are not harming areas of the brain that are critical
for normal function.
"We are happy and honoured to know that Dr. Bernstein will play a part
in carrying on Greg's legacy by improving the health and lives of
people in need," said Vera Wilkins, Greg Wilkins' wife, who personally
contributed to the Foundation, along with children Mark and Lauren.
"And we know that Greg would have been proud of the company he loved
for supporting such an important cause."
Barrick Gold Corporation is a Toronto-based gold mining company and
industry leader, with a portfolio of 26 operating mines and seven
projects on five continents. Barrick trades on the Toronto and New York
Stock Exchanges and employs more than 20,000 people worldwide. The
company has been ranked as a world leader in social and environmental
responsibility for the third consecutive year by the Dow Jones
Sustainability Index. Barrick is also listed on the NASDAQ Global
Sustainability Index of the top 100 companies.
About 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 for their respective
research arms, Toronto General Research Institute and Toronto Western
Toronto Western Hospital, a world leader in diseases of the brain and
spinal cord, is home to:
The Greg Wilkins - Barrick Chair in International Surgery
The centerpiece of a series of programs to improve care for neurological
conditions, the Chair will fund research, teaching and collaboration
with doctors and nurses overseas in developing countries.
The Greg Wilkins - Barrick Fellowship
The Fellowship program will fund a neurosurgeon from a developing
country to train at Toronto Western Hospital so that he or she can go
back with more specialized skills and improve surgical practices in
their home country.
The Barrick Gold Corporation Centre for International Outreach
The Centre will train nurses and other health-care providers so that
patients in these countries can receive a higher standard of medical
The Gregory C. Wilkins Centre for Excellence in Neuro-Oncology
A world-leading centre in the treatment of brain tumours, arteriovenous
malformations and other brain abnormalities, now named in Greg's
SOURCE Toronto General
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