Sorbara family donates $5 million to stroke care at Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital

Announcement Date: November 21, 2016

Inspired by a family tradition of generosity and community leadership, Edward Sorbara, Marcella Tanzola and Gregory Sorbara have made a transformative gift pledge of $5 million to the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.

In recognition of their pledge, the provincially acclaimed York Region District Stroke Centre at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital and the Integrated Stroke Centre at the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will be named in honour of the Sorbara and Tanzola families.

Their father, Sam Sorbara, founder of the Vaughan-based Sorbara Group of Companies, passed away in 2002, 12 years after suffering a debilitating stroke. It was this experience that inspired the siblings to invest in stroke prevention, care and rehabilitation.

“Our commitment of $5 million to Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital continues a tradition that began with my father’s early success in business in Canada. This gift honours him,” says Marcella Tanzola.

“It’s a matter of creating a legacy that reflects how we’ve benefited from doing business in Vaughan and how important high-quality health care is in this community,” says Greg Sorbara, who is Chair of Mackenzie Health Foundation’s Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign.

Mackenzie Health Foundation has undertaken the multi-year $250-million Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign – the largest fundraising drive led by a community hospital in Canada – to help build and equip Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital and to enhance care at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital.

The siblings hope their gift will inspire others in the community to support the campaign for Mackenzie Health.

“We hope and expect that others in the building industry, who have benefited from the unparalleled growth in Vaughan and Richmond Hill, will join us in support of this much needed hospital,” Edward Sorbara says.

“The Sorbara family is leaving a legacy in the community with their kindness and generosity,” Mackenzie Health Foundation President and CEO Ingrid Perry says. “I am confident they will inspire others who have deep family and business roots in this community to join us at such a crucial stage of the Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign.”

Mackenzie Health is one of just four hospitals in Canada to receive Stroke Distinction Accreditation, as well as the only hospital in the province to be recognized for excellence in both acute and rehabilitative stroke care.

“Mackenzie Health is truly grateful for this investment. It will further transform stroke care and recovery for patients and families,” Mackenzie Health President & CEO Altaf Stationwala says. “We are leaders in stroke care for the region. With this gift, Mackenzie Health is better positioned to improve and enhance our programs as we meet the needs of our fast-growing community.”

Construction for the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital began last month with the official groundbreaking celebration on Oct. 25, with completion expected in 2020.