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Hospital wing renamed to honour long-time donor Terrence Donnelly

Toronto, July 23, 2013

Terrence Donnelly (left), Dr. Lee Errett and Dr. Robert Howard unveil the commemorative plaque in the newly renamed Donnelly Wing.
Terrence Donnelly (left), Dr. Lee Errett and Dr. Robert Howard unveil the commemorative plaque in the newly renamed Donnelly Wing.

A large crowd gathered on July 18 to celebrate the official opening of the newly renamed Donnelly Wing – formerly the Queen Wing – in honour of Terrence Donnelly.

Since his first gift in 1995, Donnelly has donated more than $9 million to St. Michael’s for research, education and facility renewal projects.

As a tribute to Donnelly’s generous contributions to St. Michael’s, a commemorative plaque was unveiled on Thursday. Remarks were given by Alayne Metrick, president of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, Michael Norris, chair of the board of directors, Dr. Bob Howard, president of St. Michael’s Hospital and Dr. Lee Errett, a cardiac surgeon and long-time friend of Donnelly’s.

“Since he joined our St. Michael’s family, Terry has made an incredible difference for the hospital,” said Metrick in her remarks on Thursday. “He knows everyone, whether it’s the executive group or the maintenance team, and there’s no detail that escapes his notice.”

Past contributions from Donnelly have led to the creation of the Terrence Donnelly Research Laboratories, the Terrence Donnelly Heart Centre, the Terrence Donnelly Day Surgery Centre and upgrades to the Brian Darby, Ron McCallum and the Arnaldo Medeiros conference rooms and staff lounge.

“St. Michael’s has the best doctors, the best staff and leading technology,” Donnelly said. “You need facilities to match. The appearance of our facilities instills confidence and we want people to feel comfortable during a difficult time.”

About St. Michael’s Hospital

St Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the Hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.