Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto Receives $10 Million Gift for Cancer Center
Mount Sinai Hospital is pleased to announce that Isadore and Rosalie Sharp have made an extraordinary $10 million gift that will further strengthen the hospital’s position as one of the largest (non-regional) specialized cancer programs in Ontario. The newly named Christopher Sharp Cancer Centre will transform the experience for the close to 2,000 patients a year who come to Mount Sinai for cancer surgery and for those who receive medical oncology treatment including 4,000 chemotherapy patients. The establishment of the centre is the latest infusion of support for The Campaign to Renew Sinai, the largest campaign in the hospital’s history that will see the revitalization of its facilities and growth of its internationally recognized clinical and research programs.

Full article text is available via Mount Sinai Hospital Press Release, 11/5/13.

Beaumont Health System Receives $5 Million Gift for Natural Birthing Center
Beaumont Health System has announced a $5 million gift from Danialle and Peter Karmanos Jr. that aims to expand safe, natural birthing alternatives for expectant moms in Metro Detroit. The gift will create the Karmanos Center for Natural Birth and the Danialle & Peter Karmanos, Jr. Birth Center at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, in celebration of their four sons – Socrates, Leonides, Spiros and Aristides.

The new Karmanos Center for Natural Birth, expected to open in late 2014, will combine the comfort of a home-like environment with the safety net of a high-tech hospital if it’s needed. The one-of-a-kind center is designed for holistic care, comfort and safety.

Full article text is available via Beaumont Health System Press Release, 11/04/13.

Five Toronto Hospitals to Benefit from $50 Million Donation
Five Toronto hospitals will split $50-million in new donations from the Slaight Family Foundation, which will support projects that include new emergency services, MRI technology, mental-health treatment and maternity care.

Gifts of $10-million over 10 years will go to each of Toronto General and Western Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Mount Sinai Hospital.

Gary Slaight said his family, known for building the powerhouse multimedia firm Standard Broadcasting, chose to back the city’s hospital sector “because it needs it,” and hopes other donors across Canada will follow their lead. They worked closely with the hospitals for most of the past year to choose initiatives in need of funds to cover construction, equipment and outreach, aiming to help patients of all ages.

Full article text available via The Globe and Mail, 10/29/13.

Hoag Hospital Foundation Announces $53 Million Gift
The Hoag Hospital Foundation in Newport Beach, California, has announced an irrevocable estate gift valued at $53 million in support of a variety of needs at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, including new programs, the addition of clinical staff, and upgrades to facilities and technology.
The gift from the estate of Jeffrey M. Carlton — the largest ever received by the hospital — will be distributed in “significant” annual amounts over the course of many years, with Carlton’s estate being converted into a foundation that will make the disbursements.
Full article text is available via Philanthropy News Digest, 10/8/13.

Hospice Care Ottawa Receives $1 Million from Ruddy and Shenkman Families
The campaign to build a 10-bed hospice in Kanata is halfway complete following the donation of $1 million from the Shenkman and Ruddy families, announced on Oct. 2
The donation brings the Hospice Ottawa West Campaign to more than $3 million – half of the $6 million needed for the west-end hospice to open in 2016.
“This gift is significant for more reasons than just the number of zeros. One, it’s the largest gift ever made to a hospice in our community … it is among the largest gifts ever made to a hospice in Canadian history,” said Amy Desjardins, president of the Bruyère Foundation
Full article text available via Ottawa Community News, 10/2/13.

Inspiring “Gifts of Gratitude” in Healthcare
There is one group of healthcare constituents that is more connected to the hospital than anyone else – patients. It makes sense to develop relationships and connect with patients. In return it will give them the opportunity to support your institution while paying tribute to their special caregivers.
Speaking during bbcon 2013, Blackbaud’s Conference for Nonprofits in National Harbor, Md., Ann Donah of Baystate Health Foundation shared insight from her experience developing a grateful patient program at her organization.
Since the program started two and half years ago, the organization has received more than 970 gifts of gratitude and honored 428 caregivers. The benefits have been three-fold: 1. Engagement has improved as employees are being directly honored for their services; 2. The program has increased the amount of funds raised and has experienced tremendous growth year after year; and 3. The Foundation has been able to significantly enhance its prospect pool.
Full article text is available via The NonProfit Times, 10/1/13.

$3.2 Million Estate Gift to Benefit Cancer Care
Doreen Grimes, PhD, retired as the head of the music department at Angelo State University in 2000 after being recruited 30 years prior. She was an impressive musician, having composed more than 400 works, including two symphonies, two operas, piano and organ compositions, chamber music, and more than 100 choral compositions. She was also a designated Master Gardener and served as a Certified Lay Speaker with the United Methodist Church.

When Dr. Grimes became ill in 1987, the procedure performed at Scott & White by Charles Capen, MD, revealed advanced ovarian cancer. Dr. Grimes was treated and eventually recovered. Grateful for the care she had received, Dr. Grimes decided to direct the bulk of her estate to Scott & White for cancer research. Both she and her father, who also received care from Scott & White, had included Scott & White in their wills. Dr. Grimes’s gift was made in honor of Dr. Capen.

Full article available via Scott & White Healthcare Foundation Press Release, 08/26/13.

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