Rogers Foundation announces $90M donation to Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research

The Rogers Foundation has announced they will be donating $90 million to further sustain the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research (TRCHR).

The donation builds on the $130-million gift in 2014 given to establish the collaborative initiative between The Hospital for Sick Children, University Health Network and the University of Toronto.

It is being matched with $94.2 million in institutional support and additional fundraising that will help expand the reach of the TRCHR.

It will allow the centre to help more patients with heart failure avoid hospitalization, understand the genetic basis of the disease and receive more personalized approaches to their help.

TRCHR’s executive director Dr. Mansoor Husain said in just a few years, the centre has reduced rehospitalizations for heart failure by 50 per cent.

“This generous investment from the Rogers Foundation, including the late Loretta Rogers, will not only sustain this impact but allow us to scale across Canada and the world, offering health-care providers 21st-century tools necessary to prescribe the right treatment for the right patient at the right time in the right place, keep more patients at home, prevent tragic and sudden deaths, and improve overall patient health and well-being,” Dr. Husain added.

The centre also reduced admissions to the hospital from the emergency room by 25 per cent with the development of a heart failure risk-score algorithm. Investigators were also able to identify children at risk of sudden death by discovering a new biomarker related to heart failure risk.

“Today marks the start of an exciting new era in heart health not just for Canadians, but for patients around the globe,” said Martha Rogers, chair of the Rogers Foundation.

The combined gifts of $220 million represents the most significant philanthropic investments in Canada’s history.

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