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News - Recognizing Courage and Resilience at Mackenzie Health’s First Celebrating Patients Day


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For Immediate Release:

May 30, 2016




Recognizing Courage and Resilience at Mackenzie Health’s

First Celebrating Patients Day


RICHMOND HILL/VAUGHAN, ON – Every day, the healthcare team at Mackenzie Health is inspired by the courage and  determination shown by patients as they work to regain their health following an injury or illness.


Today, Mackenzie Health welcomed patients to share their stories of resilience and courage at the organization’s inaugural Celebrating Patients Day. Each patient shared his or her story of personal triumph and determination at a special evening event followed by a live follow up discussion with Dale Curd, host of the popular CBC television show “Hello Goodbye.”


Mackenzie Health was pleased to feature the personal stories of the following individuals as part of its Inaugural Celebrating Patients Day: Your Stories Inspire Us:

  • A patient who uses home dialysis and  says the required change in lifestyle was one of the best things that ever happened to him; 
  • A cancer survivor who helps to inspire other patients with her  determination and positive  outlook;
  • A young hemorrhagic stroke survivor who found such inspiration from his own care that he now volunteers in the inpatient stroke unit;
  • A cardiac patient who thought that he was doing all the right things to prevent a heart attack with an important message for others;
  • A mom of an infant born 10 weeks prematurely who now has  a healthy and strong four year old; and
  • A recipient of multiple joint replacements due to a genetic condition, who sees every replacement as just another bump in the road in a fulfilling life.  


“I continue to be positive and reach out to others. They say ‘She’s still alive.’ It gives them inspiration that cancer is only a chapter, it’s not the whole story.”

Debbie Davis

Patient and Celebrating Patient Day participant


“Everyone has a story to tell. At Mackenzie Health we recognize the personal strength and determination required on the journey back to good health. Whether a person has experienced an injury, illness or other significant health challenge, their stories are inspirational and through storytelling and sharing, others can often find strength from the experiences of others.” 

Susan Kwolek, Executive Vice President,

Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Nursing Executive,  

Mackenzie Health



“Every day our staff and physicians see the courage and determination of patients who work hard to recover from illness or injury.  Their drive and strength inspired us to take the opportunity to recognize and thank our patients by hosting our inaugural Celebrating Patients Day.”

Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO, Mackenzie Health




For more information, contact:

Stefanie Kreibe                                                                            Suset Silva                                       

Communications and Public AffairsConsultant                       Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Mackenzie Health                                                                        Mackenzie Health                                                       

Tel: (905) 883-1212 ext. 7484                                                     Tel: (905) 883-1212 ext. 7498                                     

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Quick Facts at a Glance:

  • Mackenzie Health is a dynamic regional healthcare 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.
  • Nationally recognized for its commitment to safety and quality patient care, Mackenzie Health was also awarded Accreditation with Exemplary Standing, the highest rating a Canadian healthcare 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.
  • This focus is reflected in the organization’s strategic directions: Exceptional Patient and Family Experience, Excellent Quality and Efficiency, Community-driven Growth, and Great People, Systems and Partners.
  • 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.
  • Construction on the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016.


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