Patrick and Barbara's story

The Keenan name is synonymous with our new global research centre that will advance patient care here and around the world. For two decades, Patrick Keenan had a shared dream with St. Michael’s Hospital: to build an innovative centre dedicated to research.

In November 2005 Patrick and Barbara Keenan gave a lead gift to build the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science, making the dream a reality and inspiring other donors with the same vision.

Without donor support, we would not have this simulation centre. It’s that simple. Private donations have funded our centre and donors helped us purchase our patient simulators. Things are happening here that no one else in the world is doing.
- Dr. Teodor Grantcharov,
Surgeon & Former Medical Director,
The Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre

As researchers and students move into the innovative new facility this May, this was a perfect time to celebrate and honour the Keenans’ contribution to St. Michael’s. A highly successful business leader, Patrick Keenan was appointed to the Board of Directors at St. Michael’s in 1985 and became chairman in 1990.

The Keenans will always be remembered for creating the first-ever endowed chair at St. Michael’s, the Keenan Chair of Medical Research, now held by Dr. Philip Marsden. The Keenans, among their other generous gifts to St. Michael’s, also established a second chair, the Keenan Chair of Surgery, held by Dr. Loch Macdonald.

The generosity of the Keenans has made a difference in so many ways to research and patient care at St. Michael’s – thank you Patrick and Barbara Keenan.