Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation

Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation

March 22, 2007 09:00 ET

Mount Sinai advances the best medicine with new Foundation President

New Foundation President to lead strategic fundraising in support of world-class institution

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(CCNMatthews - March 22, 2007) - A career fundraiser with a strong track record leading major not-for-profit fundraising campaigns has joined the mission to renew Mount Sinai Hospital.

Susan Horvath is the new President of the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation and officially assumed her role on March 19.

Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Ms. Horvath served as Vice President External at Robarts Research Institute in London, Ontario, where she led a major development and communications program to support Canada's only independent medical research institute.

"Mount Sinai Hospital is a fundraiser's dream: a place where intellect and compassion provide the best in care, research and teaching to ultimately provide patients with the best possible medicine," said Horvath. "I'm thrilled to be joining an excellent fundraising team that will play a major role in ensuring that Mount Sinai continues that tradition."

Currently, The Best Medicine Campaign at Mount Sinai Hospital has raised more than $350 million en route to a $400-million campaign goal. Horvath said she is excited about the opportunity to close that campaign, as well as launch a major fundraising effort to support Mount Sinai's exciting capital redevelopment project, set to start in the spring.

In October, philanthropists Joseph and Wolf Lebovic provided Mount Sinai Hospital with a magnanimous $50-million donation to support the Hospital's highest care priorities and to help fund its share of the capital redevelopment program. That multi-year project will begin with the reconstruction of Mount Sinai's world-renowned Women's and Infants' Health Centre of Excellence.

"Like other hospitals, we must rely on the community to help us to purchase much-needed medical equipment and to pay our share of capital costs to upgrade our aging facilities," said Ed Sonshine, Chair of the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. "We are confident that Susan's wealth of fundraising experience, knowledge of medical research, and her passion for inspiring philanthropy will inspire current and potential donors. At the end of the day, every donation counts."

Since 2001, Horvath has been leading the Robarts Research Institute's fundraising and public relations activities. She was the chief architect in establishing a major gifts program and raising more than $35 million to support medical research into medical disorders ranging from heart disease and stroke, to cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

With a Bachelor of Science degree from Brescia University College at the University of Western Ontario, and a Masters of Science from the University of Alberta, she returned to London to teach at Brescia, becoming the youngest faculty member at the age of 22. Ten years later, she transitioned into professional fundraising, which has been her career for the past 17 years, first at the United Way of London and Middlesex for seven years, then at the University of Western as Director of Alumni Relations and Development.

She earned a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 1995. A frequent speaker at fundraising conferences in Canada and the U.S., Horvath is also a dedicated volunteer and has donated her time and talents to the Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre, St. Joseph's Health Care Centre in London, and the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.

Joseph Mapa, President and CEO of Mount Sinai, said Horvath's reputation for establishing major gift programs, planning large fundraising campaigns, and creating enthusiasm among donors and volunteers alike all make her a perfect fit in the Mount Sinai Hospital community.

"We are delighted Susan will be joining our superb family of staff, volunteers and professional fundraisers as we journey toward an era of renewal of our institution," said Mapa. "We believe she will not only generate funds but also awareness in the community about the value of philanthropy to the healthcare industry."

Mount Sinai Hospital
Mount Sinai Hospital is an internationally recognized, 472-bed acute care academic health centre affiliated with the University of Toronto known for the outstanding provision of compassionate patient care, innovative teaching and leading-edge research. Its Centres of Excellence include Women's and Infants' Health; Surgery and Oncology; Acute and Chronic Medicine; Laboratory Medicine and Infection Control; and the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute. For more information about Mount Sinai Hospital, please visit

Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation
The Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation raises and stewards funds to support outstanding patient care, world-leading research and innovative education at Mount Sinai Hospital by developing collaborative, long-term relationships across the community. Generous donor support of donors fuels Hospital initiatives, care and innovation, and improves facilities and technology. The Foundation has raised more than $350 million as part of its current The Best Medicine campaign. For more information, please visit

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