We’re celebrating a milestone in bringing exceptional care here

The Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital project has taken a significant leap forward with the release of a request for proposals (RFP) by the Province of Ontario and Mackenzie Health to the three teams shortlisted to design, build, finance and maintain the hospital.

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins made the announcement at a June 29 event in the Canada’s Wonderland parking lot across the street from the construction site of the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. Weeks earlier, the 99-year ground lease for the hospital lands between the City of Vaughan and Mackenzie Health was finalized.

Over the course of the next year, the winning consortium will be announced by Infrastructure Ontario and Mackenzie Health, with construction expected to begin in 2016.

It’s game on, in the words of Mackenzie Health Foundation Campaign Cabinet Chair Greg Sorbara, both for the hospital project and the accompanying $250-million fundraising campaign.

Greg said he and his team of volunteers have been waiting to throw the first pitch on what they know will be a challenging and multiple-year fundraising campaign to help build and equip the hospital in Vaughan and advance care at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital.

The Foundation has been building a skilled and committed team of volunteers and employees ready for the challenge of raising the local share required for the new hospital, $250 million – the largest campaign of its kind launched by a community hospital foundation in Canada, Foundation President and CEO Ingrid Perry said.

Both Ingrid and Greg are confident the challenge will be met because of the deep generosity and longtime support donors have demonstrated many times over.

“We will meet our goal. There is a level of generosity and commitment to public good that is as strong here as anywhere else in the country,” Greg said.

“Ultimately, the support of the entire community will be required to make the vision of bringing exceptional care here a reality,” Ingrid said. “Every gift, large and small, is important.”

“We’re excited to begin this journey and have every confidence we’ll achieve our goal, as we watch Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital emerge from the ground,” Ingrid added.

Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will include: a state-of-the-art emergency; modern surgical services and operating rooms; advanced diagnostic imaging; specialized ambulatory clinics and intensive care beds; acute-care patient rooms, of which approximately 90 per cent will be single-occupancy to prevent and control infections; and integrated “smart” digital technology systems.

“As a father of two young girls, I know how critically important it is to have a hospital close to home and I am thrilled that the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital is one significant step closer to being reality,” Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation and MPP for Vaughan, said at the announcement event.

Other dignitaries who spoke at the event included Mackenzie Health President and CEO Altaf Stationwala, Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Hospital Board First Vice-Chair Anthony Ianni.

To watch a video of the announcement, see Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital RFP Release on YouTube.com (bit.ly/1SdBgwl)

Photo: Tony Ianni, Mackenzie Health Board First Vice-Chair; Altaf Stationwala, Mackenzie Health President & CEO; Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Richmond Hill MPP; Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care; Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation and Vaughan MPP; Greg Sorbara, Chair, Campaign Cabinet, Mackenzie Health Foundation; and Maurizio Bevilacqua, Vaughan Mayor, celebrate the RFP release for the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital project.