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St. Joseph’s renames wing to honour Peter Gilgan’s $10-million donation

(Photo by Medical Media)

The Glendale Wing and Tranquility Entrance at St. Joseph’s are now called the Gilgan Family Wing and Gilgan Family Wing entrance in recognition of the transformative $10-million donation from Peter Gilgan to St. Joseph’s Health Centre.

The historic donation, first announced in 2017, is creating a brand new outpatient care clinic at St. Joseph’s.

When complete, the Outpatient Care Centre will offer private examination rooms equipped with virtual care technology, waiting room designs that will enable physical distancing, and the latest in health care design and technology.

“Ambulatory care plays such an important role in the care and management of patients in our community, in how we support community physicians and our Emergency Department, and in reducing inpatient admissions,” said Marcia Sivilotti, Manager, Ambulatory Care Centre.

“This new Centre will help to create a more efficient and tranquil environment that supports the well-being of our community, staff and physicians.”

The planned location for the Outpatient Care Centre will be on the first floor of the newly renamed Gilgan Family Wing (formerly Glendale Wing), and is expected to improve patient and staff flow by consolidating multiple outpatient clinics at St. Joseph’s into one space.

“The project is in its early design stage which is allowing us to adapt our planning to meet the newest best practices in outpatient clinic design and the clinical innovations that have resulted from COVID-19. We are planning for a calm, efficient and safe care experience that promotes wellness,” said Stasia Bogdan, Director of Redevelopment, St. Joseph’s and Providence Healthcare.

The new best practices include using technology such as computer simulations to model patient and staff flow, designing exam spaces that are flexible for in-person and virtual care visits, state-of-the-art ventilation controls, and the potential for apps that plan for “just-in-time” appointment arrivals so patients don’t have to wait long before they’re seen.

Gilgan is the founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes and is well-known for his philanthropy. He was born at St. Joseph’s along with all six of his siblings. At the time of the donation, Gilgan said, “I want to make sure that St. Joe’s remains a vital community resource for all of the new families starting out here today and am proud to connect my family name to this fine Health Centre.”

“This generous donation is one of the largest in our history and helps us improve our facilities for our west-end neighbours,” said Maria Dyck, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation. “Peter Gilgan has spent his career building neighbourhoods and we’re grateful that he’s chosen to give back to the hospital where he was born and support better care for the community where he started out.”

Peter Gilgan’s impact at Unity Health Toronto extends beyond St. Joseph’s. He also donated a historic $30-million dollar gift to St. Michael’s which resulted in the newly opened Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower (PGT).

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