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Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital will help build much-needed capacity in the health system by doubling access to care in the community and will be the first net new hospital to open in Ontario in more than 30 years

Vaughan, ON (June 16, 2020) – Today, Mackenzie Health unveiled the name of its much-anticipated Vaughan Hospital — Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital — in recognition of a generous $40 million gift from the Cortellucci family. The announcement underlines the dedication and commitment of the Cortellucci family to the health care of the community and ensuring an exceptional patient experience. Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital is scheduled to open in early 2021 and will create much-needed capacity in the health care system.

“Today’s announcement marks a historic moment in Mackenzie Health’s history and an unprecedented investment in our community,” said Mackenzie Health President and CEO, Altaf Stationwala. “Never before has there been a more important time to ensure we have the ability to safeguard the health and well-being of our communities and provide the ultimate in health care to the residents of southwest York Region and beyond. The Cortellucci family has demonstrated an incredible commitment to shaping the health care of the future and we’re so proud to honour them in this way.”

Nearly one year ago, the Cortellucci family announced the record-setting $40 million gift — the largest single donation in Mackenzie Health’s history. Today, Mackenzie Health leadership and the Cortellucci family unveiled the official new name of the Vaughan hospital alongside Premier Doug Ford; Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Michael Tibollo, MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge; and Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua.

“During these unprecedented times, it’s never been more important to invest in our hospitals and give our heroic frontline staff a state-of-the-art place to provide quality care in the community,” said Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario. “We’re incredibly proud to join Mackenzie Health, the Cortellucci family, and partners from every sector to build a world-class hospital in Ontario that will put patients and their families first.”

The Cortellucci family has a history of supporting worthy causes in York Region, especially as it relates to health care, and has been a long-standing supporter of Mackenzie Health. In fact, the Emergency Department at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital is named in honour of a $2 million donation from Nick and Rosanne Cortellucci made in 2006. In recent years, the Cortellucci family has also supported Hospice Vaughan and Niagara University Vaughan

“Having called Vaughan home for the last 25 years, our family feels profoundly grateful to be in a position to give back to our community,” said the Cortellucci family. “We’re humbled to play a small part in contributing to the creation of a first of its kind smart hospital in Canada, which we hope will benefit Vaughan citizens for many years to come. We also hope this gift embodies the giving spirit of our community and inspires others to join us to transform health care in Canada.”

The new Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital will be Canada’s first smart hospital and the first net new hospital to be built in Ontario in more than 30 years. It will double the communities’ access to health care and feature fully integrated systems and medical technology that directly share information with health professionals to enable improved patient care. Once complete, Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital will increase Mackenzie Health’s urgent and emergent care capacity, provide more advanced diagnostic imaging and enhanced programs in obstetrics, pediatrics and mental health.

The $40 million gift from the Cortellucci family brings Mackenzie Health closer to its goal of raising $250 million to help build and equip Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital and enhance care at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital. While the Ontario government has invested $1.3 billion for construction of the facility, the local share of the project, including medical equipment and a portion of construction costs, requires the support of the community.

“The Cortellucci family has been a pillar of the Vaughan community for decades, dedicating their lives to giving back,” said Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. “This commitment to giving and their dedication to making our community a better place should encourage us all to do the same. Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital will be a landmark for the City of Vaughan and an epicentre of health care excellence for the province.”

ADDITIONAL QUOTES:

“As we continue our fight against COVID-19, increasing hospital capacity in communities like Vaughan is critical to help us respond to the virus,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “I want to recognize the Cortellucci family for their generous contribution to Mackenzie Health. This new hospital is truly impressive, and demonstrates what we can achieve when government, hospitals and community partners work together.”

  • Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health

“The Cortellucci family has shown time and again their dedication to making this hospital a reality and we couldn’t be more appreciative of their support. We’re thrilled to celebrate the generosity of the Cortellucci family by naming what will become such an important part of our community after them: Canada’s first smart hospital, the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital.”

  • Krista Finlay, President and CEO, Mackenzie Health Foundation

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About Mackenzie Health and Mackenzie Health Foundation

Mackenzie Health is a dynamic regional health care provider which includes the existing Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital and the future Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, as well as a comprehensive network of community-based services. In March 2017, the organization received its second consecutive award of Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada for its commitment to safety and quality patient care. This is the highest rating a Canadian health care provider can receive. Guided by a vision to create the ultimate health experience, Mackenzie Health has an unrelenting focus on the patient and is dedicated to patient needs now and in the future. With over 500,000 residents in southwest York Region, Mackenzie Health is proud to serve one of the fastest growing and most diverse communities in Canada. For more information, please visit mackenziehealth.ca

Mackenzie Health Foundation is spearheading the Ultimate campaign – the largest fundraising drive ever led by a community hospital in Canada – which is committed to raising $250 million in community contributions toward the total $1.6-billion project cost of the new Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital. To date, the campaign has raised $177 million to help build and equip Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital and enhance care at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital. For more information, please visit mackenziehealthfoundation.ca

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In the spirit of giving back, PwC Canada presented Mackenzie Health Foundation with a $250,000 donation. The announcement was made on December 4, 2019 during the grand opening of PwC Canada’s new GTA North office located at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.

“As we open our new PwC office in Vaughan, we are thrilled that we can contribute to the future and health of York Region,” said Frank Magliocco, Managing Partner York region and National Real Estate Leader, PwC Canada. “Mackenzie Health is a pillar of the community as they build the first hospital in York Region in the past 30 years. As the community continues to grow, the need for access to healthcare is more important than ever.”

“It’s a great day when an esteemed business like PwC Canada expands into our growing community and chooses to give back,” said Mary-Agnes Wilson, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Executive at Mackenzie Health. “At every level of their organization, PwC Canada has made a financial contribution to help build and equip the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. We are grateful for PwC’s partnership and investment in bringing the ultimate in health care to our community.”

At the grand opening, guests included the Mayor of Vaughan, Maurizio Bevilacqua as well as MP Francesco Sorbara, MPP Gila Martow, MPP Michael Tibollo and Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO, Mackenzie Health were in attendance to tour the new office and witness the cheque presentation.

The new GTA North office will allow PwC to collaborate with clients across the GTA to help solve their most important problems. The office is their most technologically advanced, complete with a cyber lab and collaborative workspaces.

Learn more about PwC Canada by visiting www.pwc.com/ca.

Vaughan, ON (August 12, 2019) – The Carpenters’ Union (locals 27 and 675) has cemented its place in southwestern York Region’s history with a generous $1-million gift to help build and equip Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. The gift will be directed towards the main waiting area within the state-of-the-art Magna Emergency Department, which will support approximately 75,000 patient visits a year.

The Carpenters’ Union is a long-time supporter of Mackenzie Health and a key partner in advancing construction at Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. Many of its members live in the community and have exceptional pride in building the first new hospital in York Region in more than 30 years.

To celebrate this incredible gift, a barbecue was held on Friday, August 9 at Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital to recognize the hundreds of carpenters and interior systems workers who are working tirelessly to build the 1.2 million square foot hospital. This gift brings Mackenzie Health Foundation’s total amount raised to $162 million of its $250-million goal, which represents the community share of the $1.6 billion project.

The Magna Emergency Department at Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will allow Mackenzie Health to better address the increasing demands for urgent and emergency care in its growing communities of Richmond Hill, Vaughan, King and across southwestern York Region. It will include seven spacious treatment zones, including rooms dedicated to resuscitation, acute care, minor treatments, mental health, domestic abuse and sexual assault. When it opens in late 2020, Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will feature fully integrated “smart” technology systems and medical devices – a first for a Canadian community hospital.  

QUOTES:

“This generous gift brings us one step closer to delivering the ‘smart’ hospital our community deserves. We’re grateful for the Carpenters’ Union contribution and community leadership. The main waiting area in Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital’s Emergency Department will benefit from this gift and help ensure that it meets the needs of patients and their families.”
 – Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO, Mackenzie Health

“It’s inspiring to see the community come together in support of Mackenzie Health. The Carpenters’ Union has shown great dedication, generosity and leadership, in both building the hospital and giving back to it. This gift will make a significant impact on our growing community for years to come.”
 – Rina Pillitteri, Board Chair, Mackenzie Health Foundation

“Our members take great pride in helping to build this much-needed hospital for our growing and deserving community. It’s an honour for us to be able to give back and make a difference, both as workers and donors. We’re proud to be supporting Mackenzie Health Foundation in bringing quality care close to home for the residents of southwestern York Region.”
 – Tony Iannuzzi, Executive Secretary Treasurer, Carpenters’ Union

About Mackenzie Health

Mackenzie Health is a dynamic regional health care provider which includes the existing Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital and the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, as well as a comprehensive network of community-based services. In March 2017, the organization received its second consecutive award of Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada for its commitment to safety and quality patient care. This is the highest rating a Canadian health care provider can receive. Guided by a vision to create a world-class health experience, Mackenzie Health has an unrelenting focus on the patient and is dedicated to patient needs now and in the future. With over 500,000 residents in Southwest York Region, Mackenzie Health is proud to serve one of the fastest growing and most diverse communities in Canada. For more information, please visit mackenziehealth.ca

The Mackenzie Health Foundation is spearheading the Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign – the largest fundraising drive ever led by a community hospital in Canada – which is committed to raising $250 million in community contributions toward the total $1.6-billion project cost of the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. To date, the campaign has raised $162 million for capital projects, medical equipment, technology and educational opportunities for Mackenzie Health. For more information, please visit mackenziehealthfoundation.ca

Media contact

Akilah Dressekie
Senior Communications Consultant, Mackenzie Health
905-883-1212 ext. 7304 | Akilah.Dressekie@mackenziehealth.ca

Richmond Hill/Vaughan, ON (June 13, 2019) – Today, the largest single donation in Mackenzie Health’s history was announced: a $40-million gift from the Cortellucci family to help build and equip the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. The gift was announced at the 2019 Vaughan Mayor’s Gala hosted by the honourable Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mayor of Vaughan and Chair of Mackenzie Health Foundation’s Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign.

The Cortellucci family are community leaders and long-standing supporters of Mackenzie Health. Examples of the family’s past support include naming of Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital’s emergency department, ongoing support at Mackenzie Health Foundation’s gala and signature events and leadership in our community, such as support for Hospice Vaughan and Niagara University Vaughan. The Cortellucci family is committed to the health and wellness of patients and families in Richmond Hill, Vaughan, King and surrounding communities. They are currently working with Mackenzie Health and Mackenzie Health Foundation to consider recognition options to honour the record-setting gift and the meaningful impact it will have.

This historic gift also brings Mackenzie Health Foundation’s total amount raised to more than $160 million as part of its Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign. The campaign aims to raise $250 million and is the largest community hospital capital campaign in Canadian history. Hundreds of donors have supported the campaign to date, including 33 donors who’ve generously given $1 million or more. 

The 1.2 million sq. ft. Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will feature fully integrated “smart” technology systems and medical devices. This is a first for a community hospital in Canada. As part of Mackenzie Health, Mackenzie Richmond Hill and Mackenzie Vaughan Hospitals will together bring exceptional care and “smart” technology close to home for patients and families in southwest York Region. For patients and families, this means an increase in available beds and more opportunities for care; support for 75,000 emergency visits at Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, 24,000 medical imaging exams between both sites; and increased capacity for surgery, including leading minimally invasive surgical techniques.

QUOTES

“Our family’s journey is one that embodies the immigrant experience. It is to work hard, do your best, contribute and share your blessings. We are especially grateful to the Vaughan community that we have called home for the last 25 years. And, we are humbled to contribute to the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, Canada’s first ‘smart’ hospital. By planting these seeds, we are helping a community and the members within it to flourish.”
MARIO CORTELLUCCI ON BEHALF OF THE CORTELLUCCI FAMILY

“The 2019 Mayor’s Gala will be remembered, cherished and celebrated as another important milestone embodying the work we have undertaken to ensure people have access to modern, quality and world-class front-line health care. Vaughan is blessed to be the destination of choice for so many families who have chosen to make Canada their home. Like many men and women who immigrated to Canada, the Cortellucci family have spent their lives giving back, helping all people, especially our most vulnerable citizens. Their historic and record-setting $40-million donation to the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital is an example of what we can achieve when we work together. The Cortellucci family are philanthropic leaders and Vaughan’s first-ever hospital will stand as a testament to their inspiring legacy of unwavering public service.”
THE HONOURABLE MAURIZIO BEVILACQUA, MAYOR OF VAUGHAN AND CHAIR OF MACKENZIE HEALTH FOUNDATION’S EXCEPTIONAL CARE BELONGS HERE CAMPAIGN

“Today’s announcement is a major step forward in building the ‘smart’ hospital our community deserves. We’re grateful to the Cortellucci family for their leadership, generosity and commitment to improving the health and wellness of all patients and their families in York Region and the promise of care close to home it inspires.”
ALTAF STATIONWALA, PRESIDENT AND CEO, MACKENZIE HEALTH

“We’re grateful to the Cortellucci family for this exceptional gift and their inspiring leadership, which brings us ever closer to our fundraising campaign goal and two-hospital vision. The compassion and philanthropy of our community will truly help change lives and support the continued growth of Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. The Cortellucci family has demonstrated their commitment to making Canada’s first ‘smart’ hospital a reality and we couldn’t be more grateful.”    
INGRID PERRY, PRESIDENT AND CEO, MACKENZIE HEALTH FOUNDATION

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About Mackenzie Health

Mackenzie Health is a dynamic regional health care provider which includes the existing Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital and the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, as well as a comprehensive network of community-based services. In March 2017, the organization received its second consecutive award of Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada for its commitment to safety and quality patient care. This is the highest rating a Canadian health care provider can receive. Guided by a vision to create a world-class health experience, Mackenzie Health has an unrelenting focus on the patient and is dedicated to patient needs now and in the future. With over 500,000 residents in Southwest York Region, Mackenzie Health is proud to serve one of the fastest growing and most diverse communities in Canada. For more information, please visit mackenziehealth.ca

The Mackenzie Health Foundation is spearheading the Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign – the largest fundraising drive ever led by a community hospital in Canada – which is committed to raising $250-million in community contributions toward the total $1.6-billion project cost of the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. Since 1977, Mackenzie Health Foundation has raised more than $142 million for capital projects, medical equipment, technology and educational opportunities for Mackenzie Health. For more information, please visit mackenziehealthfoundation.ca

Media contact

Michelle Makowski
Senior Communications Consultant, Mackenzie Health
905-883-1212 ext. 7484 | Michelle.makowski@mackenziehealth.ca

 Richmond Hill, ON (June 12, 2019)

On Monday, June 10, golfers hit the green at Mackenzie Health Foundation’s 24th annual Proud Partners Classic raising more than $175K for the Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign to help build and equip the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital and enhance care at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital.

Mackenzie Health’s premier golf tournament was held at Eagles Nest Golf Club and attracted over 140 business and community leaders. 18 holes of golf in scramble format, along with delicious food stations, prizes and exciting on-course activities rounded out the day. The winning foursome was Royal LePage Your Community Realty.

“We’re grateful to the support of our community,” says Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO, Mackenzie Health. “Events like these helps fund important and life-saving equipment for our hospitals. Over the years, this longstanding golf tournament has raised significant funds and have supported patient care and programs offered.”

Since 1995, the Proud Partners Classic Golf Tournament has raised more than $2.7M in support of new equipment and programs at Mackenzie Health and has become one of York Region’s most exclusive charity golf tournaments. Mackenzie Health Foundation is grateful to its many sponsors, including DG Group, Eagles Nest Golf Club, Elias Custom Metal Fabrication Inc., Lexus of Richmond Hill, Liberty Development Corporation, Michels Canada Co., Scotiabank and Sodexo Canada.

“It’s exciting to once again bring our community together, this time in 18 rounds of golf and networking,” says Ingrid Perry, President and CEO, Mackenzie Health Foundation. “Thank you to our golfers, sponsors and volunteers who helped make this event possible and raise critical funds for Mackenzie Richmond Hill and Mackenzie Vaughan hospitals.”

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About Mackenzie Health and Mackenzie Health Foundation
Mackenzie Health is a dynamic regional health care provider which includes the existing Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital and the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, as well as a comprehensive network of community-based services. In March 2017, the organization received its second consecutive award of Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada for its commitment to safety and quality patient care. This is the highest rating a Canadian health care provider can receive. Guided by a vision to create a world-class health experience, Mackenzie Health has an unrelenting focus on the patient and is dedicated to patient needs now and in the future. With over 500,000 residents in Southwest York Region, Mackenzie Health is proud to serve one of the fastest growing and most diverse communities in Canada. For more information, please visit mackenziehealth.ca 

The Mackenzie Health Foundation is spearheading the Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign – the largest fundraising drive ever led by a community hospital in Canada – which is committed to raising $250 million in community contributions toward the total $1.6-billion project cost of the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. Since 1977, Mackenzie Health Foundation has raised more than $142 million for capital projects, medical equipment, technology and educational opportunities for Mackenzie Health. For more information, please visit mackenziehealthfoundation.ca

Media contact:
Michelle Stegnar
Senior Communications Consultant, Mackenzie Health
905-883-1212 ext. 7484 | michelle.stegnar@mackenziehealth.ca