The RBC Foundation has made a $500,000 donation toward establishing a new day hospital as part of a massive impending transformation of the West Park Healthcare Centre.
The day hospital, when it opens, will provide intensive rehabilitation therapy to patients living with serious respiratory illness while helping them to live independently in their own communities. The day hospital will also expand to include a new geriatric service, enabling seniors to live at home longer.
“West Park Healthcare Centre helps people get back to their daily lives after suffering a physical hardship or accident, and supporting the expanded day hospital to help more people live at home while undergoing treatment makes today so worthwhile for us,” said Richard Pereira, Regional Vice President, Toronto West, RBC, in a statement. “I am so proud to have been able to make this donation announcement on behalf of RBC, and proud of the impact this will have on our community.”
The celebratory event at West Park on Sept. 28 was attended by patients, medical staff and volunteers. Ian Troop, chair of the 'Get Your Life Back Campaign', which is raising money for the transformation, thanked RBC for its generous gift.
“RBC’s investment will pay real dividends for our patients and families,” he said in a statement. “The care patients receive at the RBC Day Hospital will help them to live to their fullest potential in their own homes and avoid further hospital stays.”
The day hospital will be located in the new, state-of-the-art hospital building that will be built. A request for qualifications (RFQ) was issued earlier this month for a team to design, build, finance and maintain the 720,000-square-foot facility.
The Get Your Life Back Campaign has a goal of $80 million for the redevelopment of West Park’s 27-acre campus. Phase 1 of the campaign will raise $50 million by the end of 2021, the expected completion date of the new hospital. To date, more than $19 million has been raised.