Muslim community puts $5 million towards the redevelopment of a Mississauga hospital
Trillium Health Partners (THP), which operates both the Mississauga Hospital and Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, recently announced that the Muslim community has pledged a record-breaking $5 million donation to support the future redevelopment and expansion of Mississauga Hospital.
Mississauga Hospital, located at 100 Queensway W, is one of three THP hospital sites.
In a news release, THP said the donation marks the largest gift to a hospital by the Muslim community in Canadian history.
The organization said that philanthropic support, which will be used to help THP expand and redevelop the hospital to include more beds and services, is an essential component of the project.
The donation is the result of THP Foundation board member Abdul Qayyum Mufti and his closest friends and business associates, Nadeem Chaudhry and Atta Qureshi, working to support the health care organization.
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Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie thanked the Muslim community for the generous donation at an Aug. 20 press conference.
"I want to thank Mississauga's Muslim community for once again stepping up to show how much they care about our city. Their generosity never wavers, and this is yet another example of the true spirit of Mississauga," Crombie said.
"This historic pledge will help THP get one step closer to building a new and modern hospital that will care for our growing, diverse and ageing population."
THP operates the largest community-based acute care facility in Canada, recording over 1.75 million patient visits last year. It also boasts some of the top numbers for births, surgeries and emergency visits.
THP says that over the next 20 years, its hospitals will experience more demand for care than any other hospital in the province as the area’s population continues to age and grow.
"A redeveloped and expanded Mississauga Hospital is key to our ability to create a new kind of health care for a healthier community, ensuring we can continue to offer care with innovation, compassion and excellence. To our friends in the Muslim community, we extend a huge thank you for this most generous gift," said Michelle DiEmanuele, President and CEO of THP, in a statement.
In the news release, THP said it cared for one of the highest volumes of COVID-19 patients in the province, but had to overcome the limits of its Mississauga Hospital site, which opened in 1958 before today's more rigorous hospital building codes came into effect.
THP said the redeveloped Mississauga Hospital will boast expanded emergency, surgical and ICU capacity.
"How we look after those in need of health care is a measure of our commitment to each other. The Muslim community is proud to make this gift to the people of Mississauga and Peel, and we encourage all members of the community, across Canada and beyond, to contribute to this extraordinary project," said Abdul Qayyum Mufti in a statement.
"Charity is at the heart of our faith. One of the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says You are not a believer if you sleep with your stomach filled while your neighbour goes hungry. We are thrilled that the Muslim community will be recognized by the hospital for this gift inspired by the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)."
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