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SickKids receives $100M donation to help rebuild hospital

Last Updated Jun 3, 2019 at 1:29 pm EDT

A sign for SickKids Hospital is shown in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Helen Branswell

The Hospital for Sick Children received a $100-million donation Monday — the largest single donation in the hospital’s history.

The donation, which was made by Mattamy Homes founder Peter Gilgan, comes amidst the “SickKids VS Limits” campaign — a five-year, $1.3-billion fundraising project, which the hospital said is the largest in Canadian health care history.

“It is the largest gift ever given to the Hospital for Sick Children and it puts us one step closer to building a brand new SickKids hospital — something that we sorely need,” Ted Gerrard, the president and CEO of SickKids, said.

SickKids also announced that it has raised $914 million of the $1.3-billion goal, which it hopes to reach by 2022.

The fundraising campaign was launched in 2017, with the goal of rebuilding its facility, including a new patient care centre on University Avenue.

The oldest part of the hospital was built in 1949 and does not allow for some of the innovative technologies staff and patients now need. The new plans show new patient rooms, a neonatal intensive care unit and a new playroom.