Dedicated cyclists complete 200KM to improve seniors care
Mississauga, On (Tuesday, September 13, 2022) – Tour de Bleu, the annual fundraiser hosted by Mattamy Homes and the Peter Gilgan Foundation, raised a record $5.6 million this past weekend to support innovation in seniors care at Trillium Health Partners (THP).
Back at THP after last year’s highly successful event, more than 30 dedicated cyclists completed their ride from cottage country to Mississauga over the weekend, with Tour de Bleu raising a total of $10.5 million over two years to improve health care services for seniors in THP’s community and beyond.
Peter Gilgan’s contribution to Tour de Bleu in 2021 and 2022 is part of the historic $105 million donation he and his foundation made in February of this year to help build Canada’s largest hospital – The Peter Gilgan Mississauga Hospital – and expand the future home of the Gilgan Family Queensway Health Centre.
Today, seniors account for over two-thirds of THP’s patient population, with most living with two or more chronic diseases. As Canada’s population ages, the need to find innovative and efficient ways to care for seniors is becoming increasingly important. This is especially true in the West GTA, where over the next 20 years THP will experience more demand for care than any other hospital system in the province, with the numbers of seniors set to double.
The funds raised from this year’s Tour de Bleu will help improve seniors care, bring care closer to home and reduce unnecessary visits to the hospital. That includes: optimizing and expanding virtual access for long-term care home residents, connecting them to hospital physicians to prevent unnecessary trips to the hospital; enabling access to a virtual hub for primary care providers, including pathways to nursing navigation, support from general internal medicine physicians as well as urgent diagnostics; and developing and launching a Code Hip Fracture policy and process to enable timely access to surgery in accord with best practices.
“We could not be more grateful to Peter, the Peter Gilgan Foundation and the dedicated group of riders who once again came out to support our hospital, the people we serve and our dedicated frontline teams” said Karli Farrow, President and CEO of THP. “COVID highlighted the need for us to deliver care for seniors differently, using technology and more connected systems to improve quality and safety. Tour de Bleu’s 2022 record gift ensures we can accelerate this work and lead the way in better seniors health care. To Peter, the Gilgan family, their foundation, the team at Mattamy Homes and the riders and supporters of the event, thank you!”
Tour de Bleu has raised over $33 million over 17 years for notable charities such as SickKids Hospital, William Osler Health Centre, Markham Stouffville Hospital, the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Women’s College Hospital, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
“COVID has highlighted gaps in our health system, especially for seniors. I’m impressed by the commitment to innovation across Trillium Health Partners, from the hospital executives to their top notch scientists to their tireless front line staff,” said Peter Gilgan, Chairman and CEO of Mattamy Asset Management and founder of the Peter Gilgan Foundation. “Building on work to date, I know they are advancing a more equitable and accessible kind of care to meet the needs of seniors.”
Caroline Riseboro, President and CEO of the Trillium Health Partners Foundation, added, “We could not be more honoured that Peter Gilgan brought Tour de Bleu back for a second year to support the amazing innovations happening at THP. To all of the riders, donors and sponsors of this year’s Tour de Bleu, thank you for your remarkable commitment and generosity. Thanks to you and Peter, we are creating a bold new kind of health care to meet the needs of our community today and for the future.”
For more information on THP and our various fundraising initiatives, events and ways to support your community hospital, please visit: https://trilliumgiving.ca/.
About The Peter Gilgan Foundation
The Peter Gilgan Foundation is a private foundation created by philanthropist and business leader Peter Gilgan. Donations totalling more than $360 million have been directed to a variety of causes, including health and wellness, social mobility, international development and climate change. The Peter Gilgan Foundation supports charities as they build a more healthy, prosperous and sustainable future. Visit http://www.petergilganfoundation.org for more information.
About Trillium Health Partners
THP is one of the largest community-based hospital systems in Canada. Comprised of Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre, THP serves the growing and diverse populations of Mississauga, West Toronto and surrounding communities. THP is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and is an associate member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network.
About Trillium Health Partners Foundation
Trillium Health Partners Foundation (THPF) is dedicated to raising the critical funds needed to address the highest-priority needs of THP, one of the largest community-based acute care facilities in Canada.
About Mattamy Homes
Mattamy Homes is the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, with a 40-plus year history across the United States and Canada. Every year, Mattamy helps more than 8,000 families realize their dream of home ownership. In the United States, the company is represented in 11 markets – Charlotte, Dallas, Raleigh, Phoenix, Tucson, Jacksonville, Orlando (where its U.S. head office is located), Tampa, Sarasota, Naples and Southeast Florida – and in Canada, its communities stretch across the Greater Toronto Area, as well as in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. Visit www.mattamyhomes.com for more information.
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