Care for older adults
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Peter and Shelagh Godsoe’s $15M gift cements Sinai Health’s role as a global leader in geriatric care.
A recent $15 million gift has ensured that Sinai Health’s capacity to provide care and leadership in geriatrics will be unparalleled in Canada.
The gift from long-time supporters, Peter and Shelagh Godsoe, will help revolutionize and advance geriatric care at Sinai Health. From changing the way emergency departments treat older adults to increasing opportunities for training, innovation and expanding capacity, the Godsoe family’s gift will ensure older Canadians have the specialized and compassionate care they deserve.
Peter and Shelagh Godsoe’s contributions to geriatric care cannot be overstated. Their initial contribution saw the creation of Sinai Health’s first hospital-based Chair in geriatrics and enabled the program to expand exponentially during its first 10 years. This new $15 million gift celebrates this first decade of achievement and anchors the next decade of progress for geriatric care at Sinai Health — and beyond.
Dr. Samir Sinha, Sinai Health’s Director of Geriatrics, says this gift will allow Sinai Health to provide leadership at local, provincial, national and international levels. “What’s exciting is that in our first 10 years of existence, we went from having no geriatrics program to having the largest one in Canada,” said Dr. Sinha. “I plan to cement our reputation as a global leader in geriatric care, a place where others can reliably look for best-in-class expertise and guidance.”
This gift will also support three Mount Sinai 100 Chairs. These are prestigious Chair positions named for Sinai Health trailblazers, two of whom — Dr. Don Melady and Dr. Barry J. Goldlist — are exclusively focused on care for older adults. The gift also funds a Chair named for Dr. Howard Ovens, a leader in Emergency Medicine and currently Sinai Health's Chief Medical Strategy Officer and Medical Advisor for Sinai Health Foundation.
Dr. Goldlist, one of the first certified geriatricians in Canada, was a leader in establishing a more holistic approach to caring for older adults. Dr. Melady, a world-renowned expert in the design of geriatric-friendly emergency departments and the Geriatric Emergency Medicine lead at the Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute, has been called upon by multiple international organizations to provide input on caring for seniors. The immediate focus, he says, is to ensure that all Sinai Health Emergency Department practitioners are skilled in caring for older patients.
“We want older adults to know the treatment they receive in our Emergency Department will be based on best practices,” said Dr. Melady, “and that their distinct needs are accounted for.”
The gift will also see the creation of the Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Geriatric Medicine Fund, the Peter and Shelagh Godsoe International Geriatrics Fellowship Program, and will support the redevelopment of an Ambulatory Care Centre, built to support older adults and their caregivers.
Thanks to the Godsoe family, Sinai Health can further advance its role as a global leader in geriatric care.