The Toronto East General Hospital is being transformed by a $50 million donation, the largest ever made to a Canadian community hospital.
Announced Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the hospital, the donation by Myron and Berna Garron is in memory of their son Michael, born at TEGH in 1962. At 13, Michael died from a rare soft tissue cancer.
“Before our son Michael passed away, we made a commitment to him that his memory would never be forgotten,” the Garrons said in a joint statement.
“It warms our heart to know that this gift will benefit so many families and children who use this hospital.”
In honour of the generous donation, TEGH will be renamed the Toronto East Health Network, and its Coxwell Avenue site will be called the Michael Garron Hospital.
“I’m extremely proud and thankful to the Garrons for this transformational gift,” said TEGH president and CEO Sarah Downey. “This investment in equipment and talent will allow us to continue delivering outstanding care to our diverse community.”
The donation will be used to add more state-of-the-art equipment to the hospital, including a new CT scanner and bedside care supports. It will also fund research studies to improve patient care, and support the creation of the hospital’s first teaching and research chair positions.
“Philanthropy plays an important role in our health system,” said Michael Burns, chair of the TEGH Foundation board of directors. “With this generous support from the Garrons, we are able to fund much needed investments in patient care and innovation. Our hospital will be propelled to the global stage, making it an example of excellence, innovation and inspiration around the world.”
The name Toronto East Health Network represents the health organization’s many partnerships, and work both in and outside the hospital. The new network will improve patient care coordination between the hospital and outside care providers.
“This is a defining moment in the history of this hospital,” said Krystyna Hoeg, chair of the TEGH board of directors.
“This investment enables us to make East Toronto one of the healthiest places to live in Toronto. We’re grateful for the tremendous support from the Garron family.”