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$4M gift for LGH

Lions Gate Hospital is on course to become a premiere psychiatric and teaching facility after a North Vancouver man donated millions of dollars to fund a new training centre there.

Djavad Mowafaghian announced his gift of $4 million to the hospital Tuesday.

The money will go towards building the University of B.C. Medical Education Centre, part of the new Greta & Robert Ho Centre for Psychiatry and Education — The HOpe Centre — currently under construction at LGH.

The donation accelerates plans put in motion by the province, Coastal Health, UBC and the LGH Foundation to train more Lower Mainland doctors at the North Vancouver hospital.

It’s the hope of those partners that the new centre, to be named the Djavad Mowafaghian UBC Medical Education Centre in honour of its chief benefactor, will attract top medical specialists and students to the North Shore.

The new four-storey HOpe Centre will be able to train 100 medical students per month once construction is complete on the southeast corner of the Lions Gate campus by late 2013.

In addition to the UBC education centre, the new building will also provide state-of-the-art mental health and addictions services as well as a permanent home for BC Ambulance.

tcoyne@northshoreoutlook.com

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