On December 2, 2015, the community of Toronto East became $50 million stronger thanks to the largest donation in our history. Myron and Berna Garron, whose son Michael was born at the Hospital, decided to make an historic investment to help us achieve the full potential that lives in our vibrant and diverse community.
Donors help the Hospital achieve its vision by investing in technology, equipment, patient care amenities and innovations that help us attract and retain the best people to care for our patients. In this case, the gift will fund the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, including a CT scanner, and drive innovation. The Garrons’ gift will also help us establish the first teaching and research chairs in our history, allowing us to attract and retain the best and brightest professional staff. Our hospital will be propelled onto the global stage, making it an example of excellence, innovation and inspiration around the world.
The Garrons’ gift is the largest ever to a community hospital in Canada, and we are incredibly grateful for Myron and Berna’s willingness to make such an investment in Toronto East. For a community hospital, this is an unprecedented opportunity to leap forward on becoming a world class patient care facility. And hopefully, other philanthropists will be inspired by this visionary gift to invest in us too.
In recognition of this generous gift that will transform health care in east Toronto, the Toronto East General Hospital has become the Michael Garron Hospital, part of the Toronto East Hospital network. The Garrons’ son, Michael, died too young of childhood cancer but we are happy to keep his memory alive.
Yours most sincerely,
Mitze Mourinho, FAHP
President, MGH Foundation