The $100-million donation made by the Peter Gilgan Foundation will go in part toward the redevelopment of SickKids campus including two new buildings called the Patient Support Centre and the Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower.
According to the press release, the first building, the Patient Support Centre, will house the SickKids Learning Institute with 1,200 world-class trainees, a Simulation Centre for hands-on teaching, and provide 6,000 professionals, management and support staff with up-to-date spaces to do their best work.
The second building, the Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower, will house critical care and inpatient units, private one-family rooms, dedicated mental-health beds, a state-of-the-art blood and marrow/cellular transplant therapy unit, specialty operating theatres, advanced diagnostic imaging facilities, and a vastly expanded emergency department.
“Our vision for the children’s hospital of the future includes the construction of a state-of-the-art building, matching our world-class care with family-friendly spaces for patients and their loved ones. This gift is unparalleled and will help ensure our vision becomes reality,” said Dr. Ronald Cohn, President and CEO, SickKids in a press release.
“In conjunction with a commitment from the Government of Ontario, and support from other donors, this gift will help SickKids continue to advance children’s health through exemplary clinical care, breakthrough research, and teaching excellence both at home and around the world.”
“To continue to have the opportunity to support SickKids is an honour and is also very humbling,” added Peter Gilgan, chief executive officer of Mattamy Homes. “I’m in a privileged position to be able to make this gift, and I know it’s going to be used to help children today and in the future live longer and healthier lives.”
SickKids will break ground on the first of two buildings in October 2019.