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Orlando Corporation gifts $75M to SHN and University of Toronto projects

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Orlando Corporation gifts $75M to SHN and University of Toronto projects
DIALOG — Orlando Corporation’s donation will go towards the Birchmount Hospital redevelopment, which includes expanding and innovating the emergency department, mental health care across the network and other urgent needs.

TORONTO — Orlando Corporation, Canada’s largest privately owned industrial real estate developer, recently donated $50 million to Scarborough Health Network’s (SHN) Birchmount Hospital and $25 million in the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Academy of Medicine and Integrated Health (SAMIH), for a total of $75 million.

The $50-million gift is the largest in SHN’s history and contributes to the Love, Scarborough campaign, which is focused on addressing health inequities and closing the gap between “SHN’s world-class care and its aging hospital facilities,” states a release.

The gift will help redevelop the Birchmount Hospital, including the creation of the Orlando Corporation Emergency Department, adds the release. It will also remove barriers to mental health care by creating the Orlando Corporation Mental Health Centre of Excellence.

Expansion of the Birchmount Hospital is the largest redevelopment in SHN history and will feature a new patient care tower. The emergency department will be part of SHN’s no-wait emergency department, placing a physician at the front of the house. It will more than double the number of beds and ensure timely access to emergency care.

The Government of Ontario committed $1.2 billion to support the redevelopment.

Orlando Corporation’s $25-million donation to the University of Toronto will support the construction of a new building at U of T Scarborough that will be equipped with the facilities necessary for the Scarborough Academy’s advanced health training programs. A health sciences hub of this size and quality will provide economic stimulus and professional employment in the region, states the release.

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