The Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Foundation has launched a $ 100 million hospital fundraising campaign, highlighting the lack of donations compared to other institutions in Toronto.
“When will they be treated equally? Because right now the newest Canadians are in the oldest hospitals, ”an announcement released Monday as part of the Love Scarborough said the campaign.
“The most diverse area of the city is also the most overlooked and although we represent over 25% of the population, we receive less than 1% of donations from hospitals. “
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According to the foundation, the funds will be used for the expansion of SHN’s emergency services as well as for medical imaging, kidney disease and diabetes prevention, and mental health care.
The foundation said SHN’s three hospitals – General, Birchmount and Centenary – serve a catchment area of more than 830,000 people and noted that 59% of the population are new residents to Canada.
In 2019, the Ontario government announced that $ 500,000 would be donated to SHN for initial planning work to expand the emergency room at Birchmount Hospital.
The foundation said SHN’s emergency rooms were operating more than two and a half times above planned capacity.