Celebrate Impact
Celebrate Impact

Sinai Health receives
transformational $21 million gift

Sinai Health is deeply grateful to Shawn Kimel and Kate Schatzky, and our entire donor community, for their generous support. Philanthropy fuels the life-changing care and discovery at Sinai Health. Their incredible $21 million donation helps us revitalize urgent care we deliver now, and enables research and new discoveries in the future.

A state-of-the-art ICU redevelopment

In recognition of their $10 million gift towards the ICU, the new space will be named Kimel Schatzky Intensive Care Unit. When complete in 2022, the new unit will more than double in size, growing to 35,500 square feet from 14,600 square feet and feature:

  • 36 beds, up from 16
  • Rooms with the flexibility to accommodate different levels of patient acuity, including six isolation rooms
  • New technology such as articulating arms for better patient care, and automated dispensing cabinets for distributing medication
  • A skills lab for training and education
  • An enhanced visitor support area and family consult rooms

The transformation of the ICU is a major part of Renew Sinai, the largest and most ambitious redevelopment in Mount Sinai’s history. Many of the Hospital’s most important facilities will be completely redesigned and rebuilt by the end of 2022.

Dr. Lee

Mount Sinai Hospital’s ICU Team

As a busy downtown hospital, Mount Sinai admits roughly 30,000 patients each year. For the most complex patients - those who are critically ill, seriously injured, or in need of round the clock, hands-on care - the Intensive Care Unit plays a pivotal role. And, for the past year, the ICU has also cared for patients with COVID-19.

Dr. Christie Lee was appointed Interim Lead of Mount Sinai Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit in November, 2020. “We recognize that the care we provide at the ICU is not just life-saving medical care. We’re also providing spiritual, emotional, and mental care, for our patients and their families,” says Dr. Lee.


Critical Research Support

The Kimel Schatzky gift will provide critical support to Sinai Health’s Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute:

  • $5 million to support equipment at the LTRI - LTRI is the top-ranked biomedical research institute in Canada and is home to scientists who are number one worldwide in the fields of diabetes, cancer and molecular biology. It has also played a critical role in the fight against COVID-19, contributing to how to best identify and treat the virus. The gift will allow LTRI to purchase vital equipment and will have a huge impact on its research.
  • $3 million to fund the Tony Pawson Sinai 100 Chair - Part of the upcoming Sinai 100 campaign that will celebrate the centenary of Mount Sinai Hospital...

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

This year, Sinai Health received one its most generous gifts at one of the most poignant times in our collective history. Shawn Kimel, long-time Sinai Health supporter and his partner, Kate Schatzky, gave a transformational gift of $21 million that will not only support the redevelopment of a state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital, but will also invest in groundbreaking research at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute.

To be inspired by their gift is to learn where the motivation comes from, their own story of hope and resilience, and the desire to impact countless lives. Here is their story.

One September day in 2017, Kate Schatzky found herself standing in Sunnybrook Hospital, next to the unconscious, unresponsive, body of her partner, Shawn Kimel. Reeling from the surprise and the severity of the damage his bicycle accident had caused him, Kate found herself wondering, “What if I never get to hear his voice again?”

Shawn Kimel and Kate Schatzky


Please watch our special announcement regarding a transformational gift donation to Sinai Health. Our celebration includes speakers from Sinai Health's ICU, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, and a former ICU patient.