In March 2012, we announced the largest gift ever to a children’s hospital in Canada with a donation of $40 million to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). The gift supported the construction and ongoing operating costs of the $400 million, 21-storey, 750,000 square foot world-class facility at the corner of Bay and Elm streets in Toronto’s Discovery District.
In recognition of this transformation gift, the new facility will be named the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning and will bring together 2,000 SickKids scientists, trainees and child health research staff. SickKids is one of Canada’s most research-intensive hospitals and has generated discoveries that have helped children globally. This new facility will enhance the depth and breadth of research at SickKids to improve child health through prevention, better treatments and early detection of childhood disease.
The facility is designed to encourage interdisciplinary research by locating researchers working on related issues in close proximity to one another. Researchers in the Centre will work in one of seven “neighbourhoods” – each inspired by a cutting-edge research theme. Neighbourhoods will span two to three floors and will be connected by a spine of interactive space conducive to formal and informal meetings with the specific intent of encouraging interactions and collaborations.
“This is a game-changer for the future of children’s health and we are so grateful to Mr. Gilgan for his generosity, his vision and his belief in SickKids,” said Dr. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research, SickKids. “Our research teams are collaborating on many grant-funded projects and we have bold ambitions for accelerating health advancements and discoveries once we move into our new home – the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning.”