The Heart of the East

Our Community: 400,000 people, 40% are new Canadians and 1/4 are low income; 22 neighborhoods and 50+ language spoken; highest proportion of refugees in the city

How you can help

The Heart of the East is Michael Garron Hospital Foundation’s $100-million fundraising effort in support of a healthier East Toronto - in particular, the $500-million transformation of the hospital campus. With your support, we will ensure our facility meets the needs of our diverse and often under-served community, accelerate research and learning, and elevate the level patient care with the kindness and humility we are renowned for. Donate now.    

Rendering of new hospital campus

Our priorities

01 Embracing our community | Designing our new campus to be responsive to the needs of a diverse community

  • A friendlier, more welcoming start to a family’s visit to the hospital, with a new, more inviting entrance and atrium
  • Community amenities including gathering spaces, outdoor event space, children’s play areas, and gardens
  • A multifaith prayer and meditation space

02 Supporting children and families | Providing children and families with high-quality paediatric care closer to home

  • Renewed space for child and adolescent mental health
  • A family-centred approach to our BMO Paediatric Centre, consolidating paediatric outpatient clinics into one convenient, family-friendly space
  • Children’s play areas to make all family members feel as comfortable as possible

03 Creating a better experience | Investing in a more pleasant, private and safe experience for patients and their families through single rooms, family zones, and restful spaces for day procedures

  • Increase in private rooms to 80 per cent of all beds
  • Relocating outpatient spaces in one wing near the main entrance for easier navigation to and from appointments
  • Enhancing patient privacy and dignity through a new, patient-centred diagnostic imaging centre, ensuring faster and more precise diagnosis of a wider range of health conditions with a new CT scanner and MRI, and reducing wait times and length of stay with the addition of a new CT scanner in the emergency department

04 Teaching and learning | Enhancing our ability to educate tomorrow’s medical leaders and our role as the largest community and family medicine teaching program affiliated with the University of Toronto

  • New education spaces including a simulated learning space, a medical library, a medical education centre, lecture halls, and an auditorium
  • Research and academic leadership through the funding of chairs in specialty areas and the creation of a new innovation fund
Join us. Donate now. 

For more information, please contact Joanne Murray-Ormandy at