Historic $7.5 million donation to launch new clinical research centre in mobility and activity at St. Joseph's
The Gray Centre for Mobility & Activity at St. Joseph's Parkwood Institute will
address the growing prevalence of mobility problems in Canadian society as a result
of illness and catastrophic injury that robs people of their independence and quality
London Ontario, October 11, 2019 - Local couple, Bill and Lynne Gray, have made a historic $7.5 million
investment in healthcare that will open a new clinical/research area at St. Joseph's
Parkwood Institute, and fuel significant discovery work in an area of growing medical
concern nationally. The Gray Centre for Mobility & Activity aims to promote people's
capacity to remain mobile throughout their lives, and live in good health. The donation,
which was announced on stage during St. Joseph's Tribute Dinner, is the largest
gift ever received by St. Joseph's Health Care London, and one of the largest gifts
to healthcare ever made in the community.
"Transformational change happens when people in our community step forward to make
it possible," says Michelle Campbell, President and CEO, St. Joseph's Health Care
Foundation. "This remarkable donation will enable Parkwood Institute to become a
leading organization for rehabilitative care in the country, and it would not have
happened without the philanthropic leadership and vision of Bill and Lynne Gray."
Mobility is a precious gift that can be taken away in an instant through trauma,
or slowly slip away with illness and/or age. Loss of mobility can seriously harm
a person's quality of life, lead to social isolation and create additional medical
issues. As Canada's demographics change, mobility challenges will become even more
"Parkwood Institute is ideally suited to lead the establishment of the Gray Centre
for Mobility & Activity," says Dr. Tim Doherty, Chair/Chief of Physical Medicine
and Rehabilitation at St. Joseph's. "The Centre will enable researchers, clinicians
and community partners to share knowledge and test new solutions to the problems
of mobility and activity across multiple patient populations."
The new Centre aims to help patients with musculoskeletal and neurological diseases,
frail seniors as well as those with mental illness for whom mobility is challenged.
The Centre will be equipped with the latest health care equipment and technologies
to help people maintain a level of activity that promotes and sustains independence.
Health Care Foundation (www.sjhcfoundation.org)
St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation gathers, grows and grants philanthropic funds
to enable St. Joseph's Health Care London to pursue excellence in care, teaching
and research. Through donor support, the foundation contributes to advances in the
delivery of patient care, specialized equipment, research initiatives and capital
funds at St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term
Care, Regional Mental Health Care London and Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental
Health Care and Lawson Health Research Institute. As one of the largest charitable
organizations in Southwestern Ontario, St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation is an
accredited member of Imagine Canada's Ethical Trustmark Program, which recognizes
the foundation's commitment to ethical fundraising and donor accountability.
St. Joseph's Health Care London (www.sjhc.london.on.ca/)
Renowned for compassionate care, St. Joseph's Health Care London is a leading academic
health care centre in Canada dedicated to helping people live to their fullest by
minimizing the effects of injury, disease and disability through excellence in care,
teaching and research. Through partnership with Lawson Health Research Institute
and our collaborative engagement with other health care and academic partners, St.
Joseph's has become an international leader in the areas of: chronic disease management;
medical imaging; specialized mental health care; rehabilitation and specialized
geriatrics; and surgery. St. Joseph's operates through a wide range of hospital,
clinic and long-term and community-based settings, including: St. Joseph's Hospital;
Parkwood Institute; Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care; and the Southwest Centre
for Forensic Mental Health Care.