Community comes together to support MSH

By: Caitlin Moorcroft

While dancing and singing along to ABBA’s greatest hits — over 650 guests sailed away to a Greek island paradise at Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) Foundation’s ‘Mamma Mia! The Gala’ held at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre on April 12. Attendees indulged in a Mediterranean-style dinner, shopped exclusive silent auction prizes and heard inspiring speeches all in support of the expansion MSH’s orthopaedic surgical program.

Canadian television and media personality Kevin Frankish kicked off York Region’s most widely anticipated event generously sponsored by Shakir Rehmatullah and Flato Developments Inc.  Dave Farrow of East Gwillimbury, drove away the winner of the raffle grand prize, a 2019 Hyundai Kona, generously donated by Automobile Sponsor, Weins Canada and Don Valley North Hyundai. The highlight of the evening was the culmination of community support to help purchase four precision power saws and other life-saving medical equipment to equip the operating room at MSH.

Grateful patient Colson Bates, a 16-year-old BMX rider, who one day hopes to compete at the Olympics, took the stage with Dr. Kevin Koo, orthopaedic surgeon at MSH. Last year, Bates broke his shin while in practice and had to have surgery at MSH to repair the fracture and allow him to continue to ride at a competitive level.

“I’m happy we were able to take on Colson’s case because of the resources we have here at MSH,” says Dr. Koo. “Having donor funding and support from the community is important to ensuring we are able to continue to deliver high-quality care and our patients have the best possible outcomes.”

MSH is responding to the ever-changing landscape of community healthcare and its rapidly expanding and aging population by growing its suite of surgical services, especially increasing its capacity for orthopaedic surgical procedures.

This expanded program will enable future growth opportunities for other procedures such as spinal surgeries and sports medicine interventions. More immediately it will increase MSH’s surgical capacity in general, reduce wait times and enhance patient safety and efficiency.  For both the surgeon and the patient, less pain, a quicker recovery, and shorter wait times are the mutual goals.

Re-live moments of the MSH gala at

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