Made as part of the $1.3 billion SickKids VS Limits campaign, the largest single gift in the hospital's 144-year history will support a campus redevelopment project that includes two new buildings — a Patient Support Centre that will house the SickKids Learning Institute, twelve hundred trainees, and a simulation center for hands-on teaching; and a patient care tower that will house critical care and inpatient units. To be named the Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower in recognition of the gift, the tower will feature private family rooms, dedicated mental-health beds, a state-of-the-art blood and marrow/cellular transplant therapy unit, specialty operating theaters, advanced diagnostic imaging facilities, and an expanded emergency department.
The Gilgan Foundation's previous support for the hospital includes a $40 million gift in 2012 toward construction of the Peter Gilgan SickKids Centre for Research and Learning, which brought two thousand research staff under one roof so as to better integrate research with patient care and learning.
"To continue to have the opportunity to support SickKids is an honor and is also very humbling," said Gilgan, CEO of Mattamy Homes, a Toronto-based residential home-building group. "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."