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Joseph and Wolf Lebovic $50-million gift Building a Legacy for Mount Sinai Hospital

October 27, 2006 — Visionary businessmen and philanthropists Joseph and Wolf Lebovic have made an unprecedented $50-million gift to Mount Sinai Hospital – the largest hospital donation in Canadian history.

This historic gift was announced during Building a Legacy, a special ceremony today that recognized the generosity of the philanthropists and celebrated the future.

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Philanthropist brothers Wolf, left, and Joseph Lebovic on Oct. 27, 2006.

Their transformational gift of $50 million will help Mount Sinai Hospital to address its highest priorities – quality of care, patient experience, and academic mission. It will help to fund the Hospital’s share of a major capital redevelopment program currently being planned in partnership with the Province, with the initial support of an $8 million planning and design grant. The first phase of this plan is the renewal and expansion of the world-class Women’s and Infants’ Health Centre of Excellence.

Joseph and Wolf Lebovic believe that “Mount Sinai Hospital has a unique ability to offer outstanding care and treatment to patients from all walks of life, something that is engrained in the Hospital’s heritage of care, compassion and community. We are proud to be part of that heritage and to be part of the Hospital’s vast family. Mount Sinai is an incredible institution, a place of extraordinary accomplishment, dedication, compassion and commitment. It gives us great pleasure to be able to give something back to our community.”

About 100 invited guests, dignitaries and staff attended the event, celebrating the gift with a reception and unveiling of new commemorative signs, proudly displayed at the downtown hospital’s entrances.

In a congratulatory letter read at the ceremony, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada wrote: “Your long-standing generosity towards this hospital has helped it to remain at the forefront of the health care field in terms of teaching, research and innovation, physical facilities, and quality of care. This most recent gift will certainly reinforce Mount Sinai’s already strong international reputation in these important areas.”

The Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario and Minister of Research and Innovation, said the donation expresses how community partnering at its best can create significant collaborations for the benefit of the Province.

"The Lebovic family gift is another example of what we can achieve in Ontario when we dream, work and build together," said Premier McGuinty. "Not only will this contribution help health care professionals at Mount Sinai deliver the best possible care today, it will ensure new breakthroughs in health care for years to come."

The Honourable George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, attended the ceremony on behalf of the Ontario Government. "The Lebovic gift will have a lasting impact on Mount Sinai and help to strengthen Ontario's health-care system as a result," said Mr. Smitherman. "This generous gift will help streamline care at Mount Sinai and supports our government's vision in building a healthier Ontario."

Lawrence Bloomberg, Chair of Mount Sinai’s Board of Directors, called the Lebovic brothers “great Canadians.”

“Their gift signals rebirth and renewal at Mount Sinai. It will allow the big hearts and great minds who practice, teach and care for our patients to advance medicine in a modernized facility with state-of-the-art equipment,” said Mr. Bloomberg.

The Lebovics’ sincere commitment to patients and community reflects a spirit that underpins a proud heritage at Mount Sinai, said Joseph Mapa, President and CEO of Mount Sinai Hospital.

“Joseph and Wolf’s magnanimous gift will help Mount Sinai’s exceptional health-care professionals flourish in the future,” Mr. Mapa said. “Their remarkable support will help create an environment that attracts the brightest medical minds and impact the care we provide.”

In recognition of their outstanding commitment, Mount Sinai will honour them in the naming of the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Health Complex, which also includes the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Centre on Murray Street.

About Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital is an internationally recognized, 472-bed acute care academic health centre affiliated with the University of Toronto known for excellence in the provision of compassionate patient care, teaching and research. Its key priority programs are Women’s and Infants’ Health, Surgical Subspecialties and Oncology and Internal Medicine.

In the past year, Mount Sinai caregivers treated more than 655,000 people from all walks of life, including 18,000 surgeries. The Hospital’s world-renowned Women’s and Infants’ Health Program provides the largest maternal and neonatal care service in Ontario, with about 7,000 babies delivered in 2005. This year alone, some 4,000 students, residents and surgeons refined their skills at Mount Sinai.

About Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation

The Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation raises and stewards funds to support patient care, world-leading research and innovative education at Mount Sinai Hospital by developing collaborative, long-term relationships across the community. The generous support of donors fuels hospital initiatives, care and innovation, improving the quality of life of our patients. The Best Medicine campaign helps fund research, improve facilities and technology, and innovative programs at Mount Sinai. For more information, please visit www.mshfoundation.ca.

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For more information, please contact:

Rob McMahon, Mount Sinai Hospital
Phone: 416 586-4800 ext. 8306
E-mail: rmcmahon@mtsinai.on.ca

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