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News - Mackenzie Health Receives Three Awards at OHA’s 2013 HealthAchieve Conference


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November 12, 2013



Mackenzie Health Receives Three Awards
at OHA’s 2013 HealthAchieve Conference


Vaughan/Richmond Hill, ON – Mackenzie Health and its people were recognized with three separate awards during the Ontario Hospital Association’s (OHA) 2013 HealthAchieve conference, including the 2013 Quality Healthcare Workplace Awards – Gold, the2013 Margret Comack National Award of Excellence in Nursing Leadership and the 2013 Booth Centennial Green Award.


Over the past three years, Mackenzie Health’s track record of achievements has been nothing short of inspiring. These recent awards are further evidence of the amazing transformation taking place at Mackenzie Health, in support of its vision to create a world-class health experience.Key to the ability to realize that vision is fostering an environment that promotes excellence, leadership and innovation. The following awards are a testament to the success of those efforts:

  • 2013Quality Healthcare Workplace Awards – Gold: The Quality Healthcare Workplace Awards is a partnership of the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s HealthForceOntario. The awards program recognizes organizational efforts to improve healthcare workplaces in ways that contribute to providers’ quality of work life and the quality of the care and services they deliver.The award recognizes Mackenzie Health’s extensive efforts to improve work life for its staff and physicians.
  • 2013 Margret Comack National Award of Excellence in Nursing Leadership: Mackenzie Health’s Chief Practice Officer, Tiziana Rivera, is the 2o13 winner of the Margret Comack Award of Excellence. Recipients are chosen for: exemplifying outstanding leadership skills; for having produced innovative and effective results for staff, patients and the organization; for demonstrating a commitment to the nursing profession through leadership; and for contributingto effect broad change in healthcare services integration. A long-time resident of Vaughan, Tiziana was also recently appointed as Mackenzie Health’s Chief Nursing Executive, effective November 11, 2013.
  • 2013 Booth Centennial Green Award: Mackenzie Health was one of four elite hospitals recognized with the 2013 Booth Centennial Green Award for a demonstrated strong commitment to going green and using reusable textiles in the Operating Room (OR). The award also recognizes Mackenzie Health as being the first on board with the Hybrid Bundle – customized packs of reusable surgical textiles and linens.

The signature conference and exhibition of the OHA for almost 90 years, HealthAchieve

has long been one of the largest and most respected health care events in North America – the preeminent gathering place for over 6,000 healthcare and business leaders each year.The 2013 HealthAchieve conferencewas held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from November 4-6, 2013.



“At Mackenzie Health, we work relentlessly to improve care for patients and their families. We do this in many different ways, including by improving our staff and physicians’ work life so that they can deliver excellent care, by committing to environmentally sustainable initiatives and by having excellent leaders on our management team. We are very pleased that our efforts, our leadership and commitment to excellence have been recognized during this year’s HealthAchieve conference.”

Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO, Mackenzie Health


“It is a great honour to have received the 2013 Margret Comack National Award of Excellence in Nursing Leadership. As a resident of Vaughan and Mackenzie Health’s Chief Practice Officer, I am extremely proud to be recognized for leading strategic initiatives and efforts that improve the health and care of patients and our community. My sincere thanks to the Mackenzie Health staff and Senior Leadership Team for all their support.”

Tiziana Rivera, Chief Nursing Executive and Chief Practice Officer, Mackenzie Health


“At Mackenzie Health, we continuouslystrive to create a better, safer, greener workplace. We are pleased to have once again been recognized by Booth Centennial for our commitment to improve and sustain environmental performance. The use of reusable textiles and the Hybrid Bundles in the Operating Room simplifies the supply chain process, reduces expensive disposal costs and reduces the need to open multiple packs, and we are pleased with this process change.”

Paul Porteous, General Manager, Support Services, Mackenzie Health 


For more information, contact:


Melina Cormier                            

Chief, Communications and Public Affairs

Mackenzie Health                                       

Tel: (905) 883-1212 ext. 7492                                      


Catalina Guran

Communications and Public Affairs Consultant

Mackenzie Health       

Tel: (905) 883-1212 ext. 7490



Quick Facts at a Glance:

  • Mackenzie Health is a regional healthcare provider for Southwest York Region offering much needed healthcare services through the Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital and the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, as well as a network of community services located in Vaughan, Richmond Hill and the surrounding communities.
  • With over 600,000 residents in Southwest York Region, Mackenzie Health is proud to serve one of the fastest growing and most diverse communities in Canada.
  • In October of 2009, the Government of Ontario designated Mackenzie Health (formerly York Central Hospital) to plan, build and operate the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. Since that time, Mackenzie Health has moved quickly through the government-mandated planning process and has approval to issue tender documents in 2014.
  • The new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will be the first new hospital to be built in Southwest York Region in 50 years.
  • Construction on the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital is scheduled to begin in 2015.
  • Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will be completed and operational in 2019.


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