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Stouffville Starlight Gala Postponed

Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation has been closely monitoring the developments related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), in collaboration with our colleagues at Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH). We’ve decided to postpone Stouffville Starlight Gala on May 21, 2020 because your safety, health and well-being is our top priority.

A new date for Stouffville Starlight Gala will be shared once confirmed. We will continue to provide updates as we work to make alternate arrangements.

We believe this is the right thing to do for everyone's health and safety and we appreciate your understanding and flexibility. Given the rapidly evolving nature of COVID-19, we will continue to monitor the situation and will determine our approach with respect to re-scheduling events based on current and arising information to ensure there is no risk to our community.  

Q: I’m a Stouffville Gala sponsor — what happens to my sponsorship money?  

A: We are grateful for your support of Stouffville Starlight Gala and we will be rescheduling the event. We hope we can count on your support and that you and your guests will join us once a date has been confirmed. However, if you prefer to make a donation to MSH Foundation in the amount of your sponsorship, we are happy to provide a tax receipt. If you have any questions please contact Allan Bell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Q: How will the support of Stouffville Starlight Gala make a difference?  

A: Funds raised from Stouffville Starlight Gala 2020 will support the new hybrid OR at MSH. The Hybrid OR, will increase the surgical capacity, reduce wait times, and enhance patient safety and efficiency. For both the surgeon and the patients, less pain, a quicker recovery and shorter wait times are mutual goals. With your support, leading edge technology use in the operating room will help ensure a better overall care experience for MSH’s surgical patients and their families. 


A hospital can only thrive with the help of the caring and generous spirit of its community.

A celebration of the Stouffville spirit and its pride of community will be on full display at Stouffville Starlight Gala on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Presented by a group of like-minded community and business leaders and long-time Stouffville residents, this spring evening of socializing and friend-raising will benefit Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) – our community hospital. Through the Stouffville Starlight Gala these local luminaries will inspire a spirit of generosity that makes a real impact on MSH and the lives of its patients.

As MSH moves into the future, it is responding to the ever-changing landscape of community health care and its rapidly expanding and aging populations. Government can’t fund all equipment and other priority needs. Markham Stouffville Hospital must rely on community support to drive innovation and enable growth.

Your support will ensure the health care needs of your community – your loved ones, friends and neighbours – continue to be met close to home at our hospital for generations to come.

Sponsorship Opportunities are NOW Available! Partner with us today and discover the benefits of supporting our community Hospital. Click here to view the sponsorship package.

The Hybrid OR — Bringing Innovation to MSH

With 28 surgeons performing over 20,200 surgeries at MSH every year, including preventative and diagnostic procedures such as biopsy, colonoscopy and endoscopy, new surgical equipment and technology is an ongoing need. It is imperative to keep up with demand as well as keep pace with medical advances.

To meet the increasing demand and optimize health outcomes, the time has come for MSH to outfit a new fluoroscopy-equipped hybrid Operating Room (OR). A fluoroscopy-equipped OR will immediately benefit the urology program as well as enable future growth opportunities for cardiac and stroke interventions, our orthopaedic program and spinal surgeries.

You can enable the growth of MSH’s surgical program by helping fund the new hybrid OR renovation project including:

  • Installation of fluoroscopy-equipped table and GreenLight Laser
  • Acquisition of anaesthetic machine, multiple movable booms, light sources, electro surgery machine and additional scopes, all to support patient safety and shorter wait times
  • Additional infrastructure requirements including a new dedicated air handling unit and modifications to existing heating and cooling capabilities
  • Additional power and electrical and data communication

 

Building on the success of our 2018 Planting Seeds – Growing Friends Gala, funds raised from the Stouffville Starlight Gala will support the new hybrid OR at MSH. The Hybrid OR, will increase the surgical capacity, reduce wait times, and enhance patient safety and efficiency. For both the surgeon and the patients, less pain, a quicker recovery and shorter wait times are mutual goals. With your support, leading edge technology use in the operating room will help ensure a better overall care experience for MSH’s surgical patients and their families.

Fluoroscopy

Best described as an ‘x-ray’ movie, fluoroscopy is an imaging tool that uses x-rays to obtain real-time moving images, giving a very detailed look at areas of the body including bones, organs, muscles and joints.

Greenlight Laser Therapy

GreenLight Laser Therapy uses a laser beam to remove prostate tissue for patients with an enlarged prostate (BPH). It offers shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery than traditional surgical options.