The largest single donation in Mackenzie Health Foundation’s history was announced June 21: a $20-million joint gift from the De Gasperis and Kohn families to help build and equip the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.
The Giovanni De Gasperis – Eugene Kohn Learning Centre will be the most technologically advanced education facility within a Canadian community hospital, featuring clinical teaching and simulation labs, conference and learning spaces, and a state-of-the-art auditorium for transformative and large-scale health care forums, complete with high-tech innovations. Mackenzie Health physicians, nurses, staff and health-care professionals from across Ontario will be able to stay up-to-date on the latest information and practice new skills and best clinical practices, leading to improved patient care and outcomes.
The centre will extend beyond the hospital walls, using technology to link the Mackenzie Health team with educational opportunities and experts outside the region and allowing health care providers across the GTA, province and country to consult and collaborate within Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.
Construction of the new hospital began in October 2016. The project is on schedule to open in late 2020. Once complete, the 1.2 million sq. ft., state-of-the-art healthcare facility will feature fully integrated “smart” technology systems and medical devices – a first for a community hospital in Canada.
This $20-million gift is a major step in Mackenzie Health Foundation’s fundraising campaign, which is being spearheaded by a dedicated 33-member cabinet co-chaired by Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Greg Sorbara. The foundation has committed to raising $250-million in community contributions toward the total $1.6 billion project cost. Thanks to a number of generous donations already received, including this most recent gift from the De Gasperis and Kohn families, the foundation, so far, has raised $103 million.
“The Learning Centre will provide health care professionals with enhanced, state-of-the-art clinical education and training, which is critical to creating a world-class health experience for the people of Vaughan and neighbouring communities,” said Altaf Stationwala, Mackenzie Health president and CEO. “The De Gasperis and Kohn family gift helps further Mackenzie Health’s commitment to exceptional care and foster continuous and innovative learning, which are vital to building the future of quality care close to home.”
Photo: Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Altaf Stationwala are presented with a $20-million donation to the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital by the De Gasperis and Kohn families.