Architectural rendering of the Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre

TEGH reaches $60 million goal for new building

The signs are everywhere: ’$60 million raised! All thanks to you!’

Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) has reached its fundraising campaign goal for the Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre.

“[After] probably close to eight years… it was completed,” said Teresa Vasilopoulos, the president of the TEGH foundation.

She said the campaign was successful thanks in large part to strong leadership from the foundation team, donors, 100 per cent participation from hospital medical staff, volunteers and the community.

The centre gets its name from one of the donor families — the Thomson family, who played a vital role in this campaign.

“What really turned the campaign around was the leadership gift of $5 million from Peter and Diana Thomson, and that gift really sort of helped to build the momentum that was necessary to complete the campaign,” Vasilopoulos said.

“The Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre will feature 218 medical and surgical beds, more accessible outpatient programs, modern infrastructure that will accommodate new technology and improved infection control through an increased number of single rooms, and units that can be converted to isolate patients in case of an outbreak. The redesign will also include a more accessible patient drop-off entrance, large lawn areas, a roof garden for patients, visitors and staff,” according to a news release from the hospital.

The centre will be located where the Sammon Avenue parking lot currently sits.

The groundbreaking for the centre is scheduled for 2017 and construction should take about three years to be completed.