One million dollar gift from Baldassarra family will advance surgical innovation at WCH

2019-09-27 4:46:47 PM

TORONTO, ON (September 27, 2019) – Women’s College Hospital Foundation is thrilled to announce that Carlo Baldassarra, CEO of Greenpark Homes, and his wife Angela have generously committed $1 million to advance surgical innovation at Women’s College Hospital.

Inspired by the hospital’s bold vision to revolutionize healthcare and the groundbreaking work of Dr. David Urbach, the hospital’s chief surgeon, and his team, Carlo and Angela have directed their gift toward the development of groundbreaking surgical techniques that will help patients return home from the hospital sooner – even after undergoing surgeries that would traditionally require overnight hospital stays of at least several days.  

“We are so proud to support the extraordinary vision of Women’s College Hospital’s surgery team,” says Carlo. “Through Women’s College Hospital’s leadership in surgical innovation, more patients are able to return home to their families sooner following surgery and experience excellent outcomes. This is the future of healthcare that we are proud to support.”

“This donation illustrates the power philanthropy has to accelerate innovation and we are extremely grateful to Carlo and Angela for their transformational support,” says Jennifer Bernard, president and CEO, Women’s College Hospital Foundation.

Women’s College Hospital’s Department of Surgery has already begun reshaping the face of surgical care in Canada. Innovations such as same-day knee and hip replacements have been made possible by a combination of state-of-the-art surgical and anesthetic techniques as well as innovations in virtual care technologies developed at WCH. These innovations are making it possible for patients to return home just hours after surgery, while remaining fully connected to their care team post-surgery.

Support from the Baldassarra family is providing the much-needed funding required to continue developing these incredible advancements in care. Their gift is bolstering the surgical team’s capacity through the addition of surgical innovation fellows who will research and refine new approaches to technology-enabled care, and is helping to equip the team with the modern, state-of-the-art tools they need to deliver the highest quality of care. The Baldassarras’ gift follows the family’s first generous commitment to Women’s College Hospital in 2017, which was also directed towards supporting surgical innovation.

 “The generous investment from Carlo and Angela will allow us to continue developing tangible ways to improve the healthcare system, resulting in better outcomes for patients while freeing up much-needed hospital beds,” says Dr. David Urbach, Surgeon-in-Chief at Women’s College Hospital. “Through this work, we are taking pressure off of hospitals and building a more sustainable healthcare system for all Canadians.”

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Dr. Urbach says that the Baldassarras’ support will help his team continue to push the boundaries of care and develop programs and services that have the potential to scale well beyond the walls of Women’s College Hospital.
About Women’s College Hospital
For more than 100 years Women’s College Hospital (WCH) has been developing revolutionary advances in healthcare. Today, WCH is a world leader in the health of women and Canada’s leading, academic ambulatory hospital. A champion of health equity, WCH advocates for the health of all women from diverse cultures and backgrounds and ensures their needs are reflected in the care they receive. It focuses on delivering innovative solutions that address Canada’s most pressing issues related to population health, patient experience and system costs.

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Emily Dontsos, Manager, Strategic Communications
Women’s College Hospital Foundation | 416-323-6323