A retired ophthalmologist and his wife have given $1 million to The Scarborough Hospital, one of the largest gifts the institution has ever received
Dr. Harold Stein performed Canada’s first cornea transplant at the hospital, and was its chief ophthalmologist for 35 years.
Retired now, he said he wanted to thank TSH for being good to him.
“The Scarborough Hospital backed me up on all sorts of things, so I thought I should be good back. I’d like to see the hospital continue to prosper,” Stein said in a release last month.
“I want to see the hospital remain at the forefront of healthcare.”
Stein’s relationship with TSH goes back to the 1950s, before what is now the TSH General campus was built and its location at McCowan Road and Lawrence Avenue, he recalled, “really was the boonies.”
Today, his son Dr. Raymond Stein is the hospital’s chief of ophthalmology.
The patient registration area at the General was re-named in honour of Dr. Harold and Anne Stein last month in recognition of their gift, a legacy pledge which the hospital said will be held in trust for future needs.
Hospital officials are hoping the Steins’ generosity moves others to donate.
The hospital is raising funds to move its crowded facilities for dialysis and chronic kidney disease treatment into a commmunity hub to be built in Scarborough’s Bridlewood area. It also struggles to maintain operating rooms at the General which are now some of the oldest in any Ontario hospital.
“We have wonderful staff and physicians doing great work, but we need gifts like this to ensure they have the best equipment and facilities,” Michael Mazza, president of The Scarborough Hospital Foundation, said in the release.
“While every donation helps us to provide the best patient care, a gift of this size doesn’t come around every day.”