Donors honoured at surgical suite launch

Honouring the generosity of some of our top donors and a leap forward in surgery, a special dedication for the Menkes Family Interventional Thoracic Surgery Suite was hosted in April 2011.

Giving new hope to patients too sick to undergo traditional surgery, the state-of-theart
Suite provides access to leading-edge – and lifesaving – minimally invasive surgical
treatments. Working in this one-of-a-kind environment, surgeons can perform sophisticated procedures that mean less pain and trauma for patients, shorter hospital stays and more efficient care.

Among the specific advances provided by the Suite's groundbreaking technology are: reducing the timeline of the detection, diagnosis and treatment of lung diseases from months to hours; eliminating tumours and cancerous cells without radiation; and
detecting disease and developing minimally invasive interventions for patients who are otherwise unable to undergo surgery.

After a tour of the Suite led by world-renowned thoracic surgeon Dr. Kazuhiro Yasufuku, UHN leaders spoke to the generosity of the Menkes Family and other donors, and how the Suite will transform patient care.

"Beyond the direct impact of your support that we have seen today, the example the Menkes Family sets in our community demonstrates the role philanthropy can play in improving people's lives and in turn, inspires others to give," said Tennys Hanson,
President and CEO of Toronto General& Western Hospital Foundation. "For this, we are tremendously grateful."

In addition to the Menkes Family's gift of $1 million, other philanthropists who have made the Suite possible include the Albert & Temmy Latner Family Foundation with a matching $1 million gift, and Michael Cooper, who generously donated $250,000.

"Our family is privileged to play a part in delivering this exceptional care," said Alan Menkes. "We look forward to the years to come, and hearing of the many life changing discoveries led by Dr. Yasufuku and his team that will unfold in the Suite."