On Friday, June 10, Women’s College Hospital had the tremendous privilege of welcoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mayor John Tory and numerous other dignitaries and special guests for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the Hospital of the Future.
This historic event paid tribute to the over 22,000 donors whose generosity helped bring WCH’s state-of-the-art new facility to life. Our extraordinary donor community raised an unprecedented $77 million toward the total $555 million redevelopment project, far surpassing WCH Foundation’s campaign goal of $70 million.
The stage presentation began with a smudge ceremony by Elder Pauline Shirt and a moving performance of “Honour Song for Women” by the Hidden River Singers, after which WCH president and CEO Marilyn Emery led the ribbon cutting. Prime Minister Trudeau delivered remarks, followed by Premier Wynne and Mayor Tory. Representing WCH Foundation from the stage were Ed Clark, honorary chair, and V. Ann Davis, chair of the Foundation board.
Following remarks, Marilyn invited Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Wynne to unveil a commemorative cornerstone bearing the Prime Minister’s name.
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This fall, we look forward to celebrating the hospital’s opening with our entire donor community at a special event called “Open Doors.” Watch out for more details in the coming months!
With the opening of our new home, WCH is now the only fully ambulatory, academic hospital in Canada focused on advancing health for women. It is also leading the way in transforming the health system as a whole for the benefit of all people by delivering innovative solutions that address the most pressing challenges facing the system today.
We are so very grateful for the enduring commitment of our extraordinary donor community, without whom this incredible milestone would not have been possible. With the hospital now complete, we look forward to continuing to work with the community to raise critical funds for the work taking place inside to close the health gap: groundbreaking women’s health research, health system transformation and excellence in patient care for women and for all.