McCain family gives $5 million to
St. Michaelís Hospital
TORONTO Ė Wallace and Margaret
McCain have donated $5 million to St. Michaelís Hospital for its
therapeutic endoscopy program. The donation will allow St. Michaelís to
recruit another world-class physician-researcher for its therapeutic
endoscopy program, which is already one of the largest and most advanced
in Canada, treating more than 14,000 patients a year.
This person will hold the Wallace and Margaret McCain Chair in
ďThis generous gift will help make our therapeutic endoscopy program
Canadaís own Mayo Clinic in this area, a world-class outcomes centre
with the best people and the best technology,Ē said Dr. Robert Howard,
the hospitalís president and chief executive officer. ďThis centre of
excellence will improve the patient experience and take a new approach
Endoscopy is the examination of the gastrointestinal tract Ė the
esophagus, stomach, bile duct, pancreas, small bowel and large bowel Ė
with a flexible videoscope. Therapeutic means the procedure can provide
treatment (therapy), in addition to a diagnosis.
Therapeutic endoscopy is the treatment of choice for a growing number of
problems, such as removing polyps or early-stage cancers, stopping
internal bleeding, relieving blockages and providing palliative care for
patients with late-stage cancer. It is a minimally invasive procedure,
meaning no incision is required and patients have shorter hospital stays
and recovery times.
St. Michaelís is the only hospital in the Greater Toronto Area that
offers the full range of advanced endoscopic services. Other hospitals
in the area, elsewhere in Ontario and even from across Canada, send
their most challenging gastro-intestinal cases to St. Michaelís for
Wallace McCain is the co-founder of McCain Foods Ltd., one of the
largest frozen food companies in the world, and a member of the St.
Michaelís Hospital Foundation board of directors. Margaret McCain is a
former lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick.
About St. Michaelís Hospital
St. Michaelís Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its
doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to
future health care professionals in more than 23 academic disciplines.
Therapeutic endoscopy, critical care and trauma, heart disease,
neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, and care of the homeless are among
the Hospitalís recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan
Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education
Center, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and
education at St. Michaelís Hospital are recognized and make an impact
around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with
the University of Toronto.
Posted March 24, 2011