Dr. Kar Cheong Lee’s roots in the community – and at his community hospital – run deep.

A resident of Richmond Hill since he was 10 years old, Kar Cheong and his family have lived, worked and received care here for more than two decades.

That connection has inspired Kar Cheong to take a leadership role at Mackenzie Health as Chief of Medicine and as a member of the foundation’s board of directors.

A general internist, he returned to York Region and a position at Mackenzie Health to be close to family and friends.

Always active in the organization, Kar Cheong’s role as past-president of the professional staff association provided him with the opportunity to serve on the Mackenzie Health Foundation Board.

He has continued in this capacity, though he is no longer required to do so. He is most inspired by the tremendous opportunity to continue to improve care and the patient experience.

“I have such strong ties to this community. I was raised here and over the years have received care at Mackenzie Health. This is where my wife and I plan to bring up our own children. I think that’s key to why I applied for the role as chief, as a way to continue working to improve patient care and maintain this deep community connection.

“In terms of leadership, this new role enables me to change and improve things to provide patient-focused care. My colleagues and I have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life at a time when they are sick and in need of guidance. It’s a privilege,” he says.

The Professional Staff Association (PSA), led by then president Dr. Carol Redstone and executive Dr. Ambrose Lee, Dr. Gundars Roze, Dr. Tom Sull and Dr. Robert Wang, came onboard as champions of Mackenzie Health’s culture of generosity by pledging a leadership gift of $20,000 to the campaign.

“Our members recognize the crucial and valuable role that the Foundation plays in assisting us in providing excellent care to our patients.  It is with this heart of gratitude that the PSA is happy to donate of $20,000 to the Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign. The PSA would like to thank the Foundation for all its great work,” said Dr. Carol Redstone, who was PSA president at the time the initiative was announced.

“It is an absolute pleasure for the Foundation to partner with all of you in this important project for the region, Foundation President and CEO Ingrid Perry says. “As physicians, you have extraordinary vision for ensuring our community has access to the very best health care close to home.”

Under the leadership of Chief of Pediatrics Dr. David Gryn, every physician in the pediatrics program has made a gift to the $250-million campaign to help build and equip Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital and enhance care at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, according to Mackenzie Health Foundation President and CEO Ingrid Perry.

As a physician at Mackenzie Health for eight years, Dr. Gryn says he feels a personal responsibility to support the campaign that will help build a new hospital that will serve the rapidly growing community in southwest York Region.

” I really believe strongly in the mission of the hospital and in the Foundation’s goal of helping to ensure we have the infrastructure and equipment we need to meet our community’s needs. We, as physicians, have to be leaders in this important cause of donating to the hospital and in the culture of philanthropy across the community that we serve,” said Dr. Gryn.

As physicians who know first-hand that investments in patient care have widespread and far-reaching impact, they are emerging as early leaders, advocates and ambassadors for our Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign, says Perry.

“Quite simply, they truly believe that exceptional care belongs here. Their support to our campaign, combined with incredible talent and a passion for what they do, is ensuring that Mackenzie Health’s tiniest patients and their families will have the best care in their time of need.”

Many Mackenzie Health employees are supporting the Foundation by joining the bi-weekly Pay Day Payout 50/50 Staff Lottery, which launched last May to strengthen Mackenzie Health’s culture of generosity and help raise awareness of the Foundation’s fundraising efforts.

Here’s how it works:

Every pay day during the lottery period (May 4 to Nov. 2, 2017), 3,900 tickets are available.

Eligible Mackenzie Health employees have a chance to win a maximum jackpot of $5,850; the actual prize amount varies with participation.

Fifty per cent of the proceeds go to the winner, while the other 50 per cent will help purchase much needed state-of-the-art equipment and technology for Mackenzie Health.

As of August, eight lucky employees have been awarded $12,972.

Thank you to everyone who has signed up…and good luck!

Check out our Winners Gallery.