Brampton Peel Memorial upgrade gets pledge for $1.25 million in matching funds from Osler board chair

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Published November 28, 2023 at 1:54 pm

A pledge has been made to match up to $1.25 million in funding to help see the Peel Memorial Centre upgrade project across the finish line.

The William Osler Health System Foundation held its 10th annual Gala Benefit Concert on Saturday, featuring a performance by Canadian songstress Amanda Marshall.

The event saw more than $500,000 raised for Osler’s hospitals in Brampton and Etobicoke, but guests got a surprise when Steve Robinson, chair of the foundation’s board, made a pledge to match up to $1.25 million for the Peel Memorial redevelopment project.

“I believe that advocating for health care is important to all of us and I am honoured that in my role as chair of Osler Foundation’s Board of Directors, I can do my part, alongside my colleagues at Osler and its Foundation,” Robinson said in a statement.

Robinson was also presented with Osler’s Corporate Philanthropy Award during the gala “in recognition of his philanthropic leadership.”

The Peel Memorial Centre is being upgraded with a new 24-hour Emergency Department, replacing the existing Urgent Care Centre, and will include the region’s first Adolescent Intensive Day (AID) Program for youth struggling with self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

The billion-dollar overhaul also includes plans for some 250 inpatient beds with space for more in the future, rehabilitation and continuing care services, enhanced mental health and addictions services, and additional services for seniors.

There are also plans for outdoor public plazas along Lynch St., multiple outdoor terraces on all floors, larger amenity areas and a rooftop garden that will be accessible to the public. Other outdoor amenities include a dining area, wellness garden, and shade canopies.

Osler says the upgrade will have inpatient beds for patients requiring longer hospital stays and “will help increase hospital and health care capacity in the community for years to come.”

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