Neurology Research Donors P2
Hundreds of people and corporations donate to Toronto General Hospital and Toronto General Hospital through the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, rather than directly to one of the hospitals. The 2018-2019 Foundation Report to Donors lists over 3,000 names of donors to the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. Some of the donations are directed to neurology research, but most are not targeted to a specific health area. Several very large donations have been made to the Foundation in the last 10 years.
University Health Network (UHN)
- Both Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals are part of the University Health Network (UHN) that includes 5 institutions.
- University Health Network (UHN) "is the largest health research organization in North America and ranks first in Canada for total research funding. It was named Canada's top research hospital by Research Infosource from 2015 to 2017. It was created in 1986 by the Government of Ontario through the merger of four major hospitals: Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, with the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute merged in with The Toronto Hospital in 1999 and the name changed to the University Health Network."
- The five institutions benefit from philanthropy organizations called the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation (TG&TWF), Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, and Toronto Rehab Foundation. The Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital do not conduct separate fundraising activities outside the TG&TWF.
- "Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation raises funds for research, education and the enhancement of patient care at Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, as well as the Michener Institute of Education at UHN."
Donors to General & Western Hospital Foundation (TG&TWF)
- In March 2019, the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation (TG&TWF) Summary of operations and fund balances presented gross revenues (not including events) of $144,459,000, and Total Fund Balances, March 2019, of $690,644,000.
- The Foundation's 2018-2019 report to donors dated March 2019 contained lists of more than 3,000 donors, organized by the amounts of the donations:
- Partners for Discovery: those who made cumulative gifts and pledges of over $1 million (more than 250 names in list).
- A Legacy for Life: those who have left a bequest in their will, estate, life insurance policy, or other means (lists for each year from 2007 to 2019) include several hundred names.
- Fundraising events donations in 2018-2019 that brought in donations from $25,000 to $50 million through 44 events.
- The donor lists include names of individuals, couples, families, corporations, and institutions.
Overview of Brain/Neuro Departments and Clinics
- Toronto Western Hospital is the site of the neurology clinics, neurosurgeries, and neurology tests for the University Health Network (UHN). "The Krembil Brain Institute at Toronto Western Hospital (UHN) is home to one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive teams of physicians and scientists uniquely working...to prevent and confront problems of the brain and spine."
- The General Neurology Clinic, Neuro-Ophthamology Clinic, Neurophysiology Lab, Neuropsychology Clinic, Neurosurgeon's Clinic, Tourette Syndrome Neurodevelopmental Clinic, Transient Ischemic Attack and Minor Stroke (TAMS) Unit, Medical Surgical/Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (MSNICU), Neurosurgery/Neurology Inpatient Unit, Spinal/Neurosurgery Inpatient Unit, Sleep Deprived Electroencephalography (EEG), Electroencephalography (EEG), Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS), Medical Surgical/Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (MSNICU), and Neurosurgery/Neurology Inpatient Unit are all housed at Toronto Western Hospital.
- Toronto General Hospital (TGH) does not have neurology services. Toronto General Hospital is the site for "cardiac care, organ transplants and the treatment of complex patient needs." The hospital is the teaching hospital for the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. "In 2019, Newsweek ranked TGH as seventh among the top-ten best hospitals in the world. In 2019, the hospital was ranked 1st for research in Canada by Research Infosource for the 9th year in a row."
- TGH "houses the major transplantation service for Ontario, performing heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas, and small intestine, amongst others, for patients referred from all over Canada. The hospital is the largest organ transplant center in North America, performing 639 transplants in 2017. The hospital is also renowned for cardiac and thoracic surgery."
Major Donations in the Past Ten Years
- In 2014, the Rogers Foundation gave $130 million to University Health Network, The Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto "to create the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research." The donation was reported to be "the largest private donation in Canadian health care history." The donation was to be matched by $139 million in additional funds from the three institutions, for a total of $269 million to fund the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research.
- A gift of art pieces by an anonymous donor in 2017 to the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation provided Toronto Western Hospital (TW) with art to display in the hospital. Art installations by Canadian artists were placed in both the atrium and food court on the hospital's main floor. Other pieces will be placed in "the Main Pavilion's fourth floor Day Surgery area and the East Wing's sixth and seventh floor Ophthalmology clinics."
- The University Health Network (UHN) reported in 2017 that it would receive a very large gift: $100 million "for the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, donated by the Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation."
- Also in 2017, the John and Myrna Daniels Foundation made a major donation of $20 million to University Health Network (UHN) "to help advance the face of health care in our local community, in Canada and around the globe." The gift will be used to "support three world-leading programs at UHN: Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, the Krembil Neuroscience Centre and the Multi-Organ Transplant Program."
- BMO Financial Group pledged $21 million in 2018 to Toronto academic hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine to establish "the BMO Education & Conference Centre, where global healthcare professionals gather to share the latest in medical education and research innovation."
The very first fact learned in this part of the project was that Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital do not function as separate entities, but are part of the University Health Network formed in 1986. In forming that network, the institutions divided up the services they offered so that there was no duplication. For this reason, we could not present findings about neurology services for Toronto General Hospital, because it does not house those services. Also, because of the existence of the Toronto General & Toronto Western Foundation, we could not provide separate lists of donors to the individual hospitals, because the donations are aggregated when given to the Foundation. And because there were more than 3,000 donors listed in the 2018-2019 Foundation Report to Donors, space did not permit providing each name for this report. There were no other available sources of TG&TWF donor lists that could be checked.