The Peter Gilgan Foundation donated $100 million to the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in the largest single gift ever provided to the hospital, according to a news release from SickKids on June 3.
Combined with donations made to other hospitals and health-care organizations, the donation makes Peter Gilgan, founder of Mattamy Homes and a seasonal resident in Muskoka, and the Peter Gilgan Foundation the largest benefactor to healthcare in Canada, according to the release. Today’s donation will put the cumulative total gifted from the Peter Gilgan Foundation to SickKids at over $140 million. The $100 million gift will go toward the SickKids VS Limits campaign, which includes the redevelopment of the SickKids campus, including the creation a new patient care tower on University Avenue, which will be named the Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower. The SickKids VS Limits campaign has raised more than $914 million toward the $1.3 billion goal so far and the campaign period is expected to run until March 31, 2022.
“To continue to have the opportunity to support SickKids is an honour and is also very humbling,” Gilgan said. “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. I want to thank my family, both the Gilgans and my Mattamy family, whose unwavering support over many years has made this commitment possible.”
The Peter Gilgan Foundation’s support for the SickKids campus dates back to 2012 with a $40 million donation provided for the construction of the SickKids Centre for Research and Learning. The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning brings together 2,000 research staff that used to work in six different buildings, improving interactions between clinical and research staff. Dr. Ronald Cohn, president and CEO of SickKids, said that everyone at SickKids is extraordinarily grateful to Peter Gilgan and the Peter Gilgan Foundation for their “ongoing philanthropic leadership and dedication” to the hospital.
“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,” Cohn said. “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.”
SickKids will break ground on the first of two buildings in October 2019. The first building, the Patient Support Centre, will be home to the SickKids Learning Institute with 1,200 trainees and a simulation centre for hands-on teaching, while also providing 6,000 professionals, management and support staff with spaces to work. The second building is the Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower, which will house critical care and inpatient units. The tower will include private one-family rooms, dedicated mental-health beds, a blood and marrow/cellular transplant therapy unit, specialty operating theatres, advanced diagnostic imaging facilities and an expanded emergency department.
“Generosity of this magnitude is transformative. We continue to be grateful to visionary philanthropists like Peter Gilgan whose historic gift today will help change the future of children’s health,” said Ted Garrard, CEO of the SickKids Foundation. “The SickKids VS Limits fundraising campaign is the largest in Canadian health-care history and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help reimagine the SickKids campus. Today’s gift takes us closer to reaching our goal of raising $1.3 billion through philanthropy and will undoubtedly inspire the community to help us continue to build the momentum needed to unleash the full potential of SickKids.”
To read the full announcement from the hospital, click here.
The name of our new patient care tower has been revealed, the Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower. pic.twitter.com/QK5YdvRLid
— SickKids Foundation (@sickkids) June 3, 2019