Indo-Canadian couple Deepa and Narinder Lal have made a multi-million dollar philanthropic donation to the Scarborough Health Network Foundation (SHN).
SHN announced that the donation – the amount which has been kept private at the request of the Lal family – is the single largest gift in its history.
“The contribution will improve emergency and cardiac care in each of our hospitals. In recognition of the family, the Emergency Department at SHN’s General hospital has been re-named the Deepa & Narinder Lal Emergency,” it said, in a press release.
SHN celebrated the new naming and extraordinary gift at the General hospital on December 4, 2019, with the Lal family, SHN staff, physicians and guests.
The Lals wanted to give back to the Scarborough community because it had been a part of their lives for over 30 years. They migrated to Canada in the early 1970s with $48 in their pockets and started a business in their family basement. Their company, Metro Label became one of the largest label manufacturers in North America and it all started in Scarborough.
“Our business Metro Label was located in Scarborough for 33 years. We wanted to support care in Scarborough, where we grew our business and where many of our employees lived. We know our investment in SHN will help care for them and their families.” says Deepa and Narinder Lal, in a statement.
Patients at SHN’s Emergency will benefit from less waiting, improved patient care, and the advanced technology all patients expect and deserve, with the donation.
“This transformative gift will allow SHN to purchase new equipment and technology and will enable our community to benefit from the most advanced diagnostic and treatment tools. The gift will also support the Arrhythmia Program at the Centenary hospital known for its expertise in implanting pacemaker devices, electrophysiology and complex ablations totreat people with heart conditions,” SHN said.