$5 million Gift from Gordon and Donna Feeney
Gordon and Donna Feeney are well-known for their unwavering commitments.
They’ve been married for over fifty years. They’re long-time west Toronto residents. And they maintain a cottage and life-long relationships in their native New Brunswick. A financial professional, Gordon began his career with the Royal Bank in 1959 and retired as Deputy Chairman of the RBC Financial Group in 2001.
Gordon and Donna Feeney are also long-time supporters of Trillium Health Partners. In 2011, they made a $1 million gift to support seniors’ health and wellness. The Feeneys solidified their commitment to seniors’ mental health this year by establishing the Gordon and Donna Feeney Centre for Seniors’ Medical Psychiatry through a transformational $5 million gift.
Seniors’ Surge and Co-occurring Conditions
Seniors 65 years and over comprise the fastest growing age-group in Canada. Our rapidly growing region alone is projected to see a 47 per cent increase in seniors as soon as 2017 and a 175 per cent increase by 2035. Trillium Health Partners had over 1.6 million patient visits last year—37 per cent of them seniors.
Over 1.3 million Ontarians suffer from a combination of mental and physical illnesses. Or, put differently, 20 per cent of people in our health system with complex medical issues also have psychiatric difficulties. Our system has not done a good job for patients—particularly our seniors—with co-occurring physical and psychiatric illnesses.
Seniors’ Care—An Urgent Community Need
Trillium Health Partners recognized an urgent community need and—through the Feeneys’ generosity—have launched our new centre which will be the first to design, implement, and test an unprecedented model of seniors’ care through the Medical Psychiatry Alliance.
The MPA—a partnership between Trillium Health Partners, the Hospital for Sick Children, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and the University of Toronto—will bring transformational change to the research, medical education, and delivery of mental health services in Ontario. Important work has already begun for seniors directly in the community. Veteran THP social worker Shallah Jamal-Somani is advocating for our seniors through the new Seniors’ Medical Psychiatry Out-Patient Collaborative.
This week Trillium Health Partners proudly unveiled the new signage for the Gordon and Donna Feeney Centre for Seniors’ Medical Psychiatry at our Mississauga Hospital site, which inaugurates a new era in the ways that our seniors’ mental and physical conditions are cared for.
>> Trillium Health Partners is changing the ways that mental health care is delivered in our community. Please consider an online gift in support of seniors’ health and wellness today.