Message from board chair

Building on exceptional care remains priority

Spring and summer is a bustling time at Mackenzie Health Foundation and this year was no exception. Foundation volunteers and staff were out in the community building relationships, raising funds and preparing for an exciting fall season. In addition to a number of inspiring events from golf tournaments to garden parties, Mackenzie Health and the Province of Ontario announced the release of a request for proposals for Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.

Fiscal 2014-2015 was another remarkable year for the Foundation; together, we raised more than $7.6 million and provided nearly $3.9 million in grants to Mackenzie Health. Your gifts brought a second, more powerful MRI to the Metrus Medical Imaging Department, provided the Woman and Child Program with fetal monitors, and purchased an ECG for the Nick and Rosanne Cortellucci Family Emergency.

Our top priority is to the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital while remain committed to a vibrant and active Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital and investing in new patient care equipment and programs including:

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS): Over the next five years, our goal is to increase by 50 per cent the number of procedures the hospital performs. Currently, 70 per cent of surgical procedures performed at Mackenzie Health are done by MIS;
  • Palliative Care: Last year, 350 patients visited the 14-bed unit, yet it lacks a lounge – a space where family members can take a moment for themselves. The family lounge will be equipped with a shower and microwave so relatives can spend more time with their loved ones;
  • Alexander Mackenzie High School: To support youth mental health, a Mackenzie Health nurse offers counselling to high school students twice a week. Community outreach of this kind gives students a chance to speak openly about challenges they may be facing and helps reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

It is because of your generosity that we are able to offer you, your friends and neighbours access to timely, compassionate and exceptional care at Mackenzie Health. As we move closer to building Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital and continue to enhance patient care at Mackenzie Richmond Hill, we need your commitment now more than ever.

As always, we are grateful for your gifts of time, talent and resources.

Photo:Glenn Beaumont is the volunteer chair of the Mackenzie Health Foundation Board of Directors and is a director on the Mackenzie Health Board. He is the President of Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and also serves on the boards of the Canadian Gas Association and Ontario Energy Association