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Canadian Business and Community Leaders Invest $3.5 million in Geriatric Care

October 15, 2014 - Philanthropic gift to help Mount Sinai Hospital serve ageing patient population

Dr. Samir Sinha, Mount Sinai’s Director of Geriatrics with a patient

Dr. Samir Sinha, Mount Sinai’s Director of Geriatrics with a patient

Canadian business and community leaders Peter and Shelagh Godsoe have made a $3.5 million investment in geriatric care, a clinical area in which Mount Sinai Hospital has taken a national leadership role.  With Canada’s older population expected to double in the next 20 years, this generous gift will further the hospital’s unique strategic priority of meeting the specialized and growing needs of older patients and help advance healthy ageing and geriatric care throughout Canada. 

Mr. Godsoe, the former Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Bank of Nova Scotia and inductee into Canada’s Business Hall of Fame, and Mrs. Godsoe, will support an endowed Chair in Geriatrics, with funds directed to clinical care, research and innovative geriatric programs. The endowed Chair position will be held by Dr. Samir Sinha, Mount Sinai’s Director of Geriatrics. 

Mount Sinai’s Acute Care for Elders (ACE) strategy, developed by Dr. Sinha, is considered a leading practice in Canada. ACE is delivering dramatically better patient outcomes, including a reduction in length of hospital stay by 17%.  In 2012, Dr. Sinha was asked by the provincial government to create Ontario’s Seniors Strategy.  He routinely consults with clinicians, hospitals, political leaders and community groups across the country and internationally on creating better access to quality health care for older patients.

This gift is part of Mount Sinai’s $500 million Campaign to Renew Sinai, the largest fundraising campaign in the hospital’s history, that will fund the transformation of its facilities and growth of many of its internationally-recognized clinical and research programs.


“We are very pleased to support the leadership and vision for better health care for seniors that Mount Sinai is championing. Being part of the solution is truly inspiring.” Peter and Shelagh Godsoe, Philanthropists. 

“With Canadians living longer than ever before, leadership and expertise around healthy ageing and geriatrics has never been more important. This generous gift will enable us to do more for those patients who often represent the most complex and frequent users of our health care system.” Dr. Samir Sinha, Director, Geriatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital.

“I am incredibly proud of the impact that our clinical leadership has had in shaping the health-care experience for older patients in this province and across the country. This gift allows us to build on that success and provide our patients with even better care and services.” Joseph Mapa, President and CEO, Mount Sinai Hospital. 

“Peter Godsoe has been a tremendous leader as a member of our Board of Directors and has been a role model in visionary leadership in our country.  We are grateful for his acknowledgement of our leadership and this generous investment into such an important area of care.”  Jay Hennick, Chair, Mount Sinai Hospital Board of Directors.

“Our Campaign to Renew Sinai would not be possible without the outstanding support of our community leaders stepping forward with unwavering support for transformative approaches to health care.  Peter and Shelagh’s support is incredibly meaningful to us – not only because of their generosity, but because of their commitment to ensuring the very best patient care.” Brent Belzberg, Chairman, Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation Management Board & Governing Council