A Message from
When the pandemic was declared more than two years ago, it was impossible to predict its magnitude or imagine that we would continue to feel its effects today. As we reflect on another solid year for Sinai Health, it is encouraging to look ahead as we navigate our recovery and plan for the future. We do so with the intent that no matter what lies ahead, Sinai Health’s dedication to our people, our patients and our communities will underscore everything we do.
At Mount Sinai Hospital, our Microbiology Lab has been widely recognized for their leadership in pandemic response, performing more than three million COVID-19 tests to date and 1.4 million tests this year alone. We are less than two years away from completing our ambitious Renew Sinai Phase 3A. Our surgical teams have settled into their state-of-the art surgical floor that supports the most complex and innovative surgeries. In the coming months, our hospital will continue its revitalization, with the completion of the Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Centre, a new integrated Cancer Care Clinic and the Kimel Schatzky Intensive Care Unit.
We were thrilled to announce our newly named Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital in recognition of the transformational $36 million gift from Jay and Barbara Hennick. This is the single-largest philanthropic gift that Sinai Health has ever received. This visionary investment in rehabilitative and complex continuing care will be essential as Ontario faces years of health care recovery. Hennick Bridgepoint’s critical role in pandemic response was evident in their ability, out of all post-acute care hospitals in Ontario, to accept the highest numbers of patient transfers during the third wave.
Our dedicated scientists at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (LTRI) continue to push the boundaries for scientific discovery. Sixty-six external grants totalling more than $15 million in funding for new COVID-19 research projects were awarded to our scientists. We celebrate Dr. Daniel Drucker, Senior Scientist, who will be inducted in to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in June of 2022. We have also begun our international search for the LTRI’s next director who will set the direction for new life-changing research at Sinai Health.
Our system partner, Circle of Care, worked to address the increasing needs of our communities in many ways. From delivering almost 300,000 meals and special deliveries; to expanding its Bereavement Support program to offer more frequent support groups; and providing tablets to isolated older adults, ensuring clients could stay safe and connected with loved ones.
We were fortunate to appoint new Sinai Health medical leadership: Dr. Erin Bearss as Family Physician-in-Chief, Dr. Michael Goldberg as Dentist-in-Chief, and Dr. Vibhuti Shah as chair for our Research Ethics Board. Each of these leaders brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and a passion for educating the next generation of clinical and scientific professionals.
It has also been a record-breaking fundraising year for the Sinai Health Foundation exceeding the $100 million mark for the first time. The support of our generous donors is fundamental in helping us push forward with new infrastructure, research, programs and supports for our people.
With all we’ve accomplished this year, we are continuing to look towards the future. Important work is still ahead in order to advance our vision of discovering and delivering life-changing care.
Our vision of creating a continuum of care will continue to be realized through the future creation of a long-term care home on the Bridgepoint campus. The last few years have highlighted the important role long-term care homes play in the quality of life of older adults. Our first step was receiving licensing approval from the Province of Ontario which is a strong endorsement of Sinai Health’s strength in delivering excellent and specialized care in hospital, community and home.
None of these accomplishments, nor our plans for the future, would be possible without the commitment of our people. We acknowledge and thank you for your dedication to providing exceptional care and service, whether on the front lines, in service of colleagues, or at various leadership tables. We have relied upon you in ways we have never had to before and you have come through each and every time, demonstrating expertise, dedication and perseverance.
Our Board continues to lead us through significant discussions and decisions, and we thank you for your commitment and passion as you serve our community through your leadership and dedication to Sinai Health.
To our donor community, thank you for your unwavering support. Your generosity allows us to push forward in the face of uncertainty to serve our communities and provide hope for the future.
Peter F. Cohen
Chair, Board of Directors
Dr. Gary Newton
President and CEO