I’m always proud to tell you about the lives saved at Sunnybrook.
I’m proud that Sunnybrook attracts the best experts from around the world, and outfits our spaces with state-of-the-art equipment. I’m proud of our researchers, who turn their ideas into real treatments that improve the lives of our patients far beyond Sunnybrook’s walls – the treatments of tomorrow that seem impossible today. I’m proud of this passionate commitment to innovation; it’s the Sunnybrook culture. This magazine is full of our stories – stories of invention, courage and triumph, of lives saved.
But the truth is, we can’t take all the credit. So much of what is done here would not be possible without our valuable partners.
Private donors – our community – have always joined Sunnybrook in its vision to invent the future of health care. Our supporters understand that public funding is not always enough and have recognized their own role in the care we provide.
Their impact is felt in so much of what we do at Sunnybrook. In the last year, for example, we saved the lives of more than 100 heart patients through procedures too new to be covered by government funds. It’s futuristic medicine, to be sure – repairing faulty heart valves without opening the chest. These lives were saved entirely by private supporters who understood that their resources matched Sunnybrook’s vision.
Frederick Thompson, who you read about in this issue, is such a donor. Mr. Thompson made a transformational gift in June to establish the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre, which will offer care found nowhere else in Canada. This centre will exist because Mr. Thompson – someone in our community – believed Canadians need help in their fight against these devastating disorders.
Everything we do here at Sunnybrook is resource-dependent. And that’s where our community comes in.
We are passionate about the work we do at Sunnybrook, and are pleased that passion has spread throughout our community. It has to; it is the only way we’ll be able to continue providing the highest level of health care for the people who count on us – to save their lives.
Chair, Campaign for Sunnybrook