October 29, 2013 -
The Slaight Family Foundation today announced that it will give $50 million to support the delivery of advanced healthcare at five Toronto hospitals. The gifts will be distributed equally, with $10 million each provided to Toronto General and Western Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Mount Sinai Hospital.
The Slaight family worked closely with each hospital
to determine which projects should be funded to provide the best outcomes for
“When we approached the hospitals with the idea of
funding critical projects, we asked them what they needed in order to really
make a difference for their patients. The projects we selected together are
truly extraordinary. We feel profoundly grateful to be in a position to provide
these hospital gifts which we hope will benefit Torontonians for many years to
come,” said Gary Slaight. “We hope our
gifts will be an inspiration for others to support healthcare in their own communities.”
The Slaight family was joined by the presidents of
each hospital as the donation was announced live by John Tory at an event in
“Philanthropy is the engine that drives research and
innovation, as well as the creation of world class facilities and equipment,””
said Dr. Robert S. Bell, President and CEO of University Health Network
(UHN). “These gifts from the Slaight Family Foundation are extraordinary
in their vision and will truly impact the delivery of healthcare in Toronto.”
The donations announced today will be used for a wide
range of priorities, from doubling the size of the emergency room at St Mike’s
to enabling Sunnybrook to treat diseases previously thought untreatable through
scalpel-less surgery. Toronto General Hospital will use the funds to provide a
Canadian first – a whole body MRI machine. CAMH will develop leading edge
approaches to treating youth with severe mental health and addictions. Mt Sinai
will not only improve its labour and delivery centre, but it will also provide prenatal
care and perinatal mental health outreach services to marginalized and
“These gifts will make a real difference for the
health of the people of Ontario, as we build centres of healthcare excellence
that will be at the forefront of treatment and research,” said Hon. Deb
Matthews, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
Family Foundation Gifts, in detail:
Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation
Slaight Family Centre for Advanced MRI
Support for a Canadian first – a Siemens 7 Tesla Whole
Body MRI machine, which provides highly sophisticated images at ultra-high
resolution to improve early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases
such as dementia, arthritis, brain and spinal cord injuries.
St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation
Slaight Family Emergency Department
The new emergency department will
double in size with a new layout dividing care based on severity, creating
urgent and non-urgent sections thus improving patient flow, reducing wait times
as well as providing comfort and privacy during treatment. Additional features
include an imaging suite with a CT scanner, a separate eight-bed mental health
unit, enlargement of the two existing trauma rooms while adding a third trauma
room to increase capacity.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
The Slaight Centre for Image-Guided Brain Therapy
Support for a PET-MRI imaging system that will allow
for scalpel-less surgery to treat brain diseases such as dementia, stroke and
Alzheimer’s. Invented by experts at Sunnybrook, the only place in the world
doing this research, the PET-MRI will be combined with ultra sound technologies
to treat diseases previously thought untreatable. This treatment
will destroy diseased tissues and permit safe delivery of drugs through the
blood brain barrier with extreme precision.
The Slaight Family Centre for Youth in
This will be Canada’s first centre dedicated to
understanding and treating youth
with severe mental illness, bringing together research, support, education and
practical tools for youth, their families and their service providers.
Focused on developing leading-edge cognitive and brain stimulation treatments
to prevent permanent brain changes, the centre will help youth improve social
and intellectual function and maintain long-term recovery.
Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation
Maternal Care: Improving Quality, Access and Health Equity for Women in Canada
Teach maternity care education to family medicine
physicians through the extension of the Ada Slaight and Slaight Family
Directorship in Family Medicine Maternity Care; establish The Slaight
Family Maternal Equity Fund to provide prenatal care and perinatal mental
health outreach services to marginalized and vulnerable women in Canada and
Ethiopia and build The Slaight Family Labour & Delivery Unit.
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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, and one of the world's leading research centres in this field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental illness and addiction.
CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.