Support of St. Joe's Surgical Care
The entire Mackay clan including Gary and Sandra's four children and six grandchildren were all in attendance at the donor recognition event hosted in late 2012. The family was treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Minor Procedures Unit where their named room is located.
As part of our continuing quest to deliver exceptional care, St. Joe’s proudly opened its new state-of-the-art surgical centre in the fall of 2011. The Centre’s 3,500 square foot Minor Procedures Unit was opened in early 2012 and was recently supported through the generosity of the Mackay family.
Gary and Sandra are the founders of Tube-Mac Industries, a multi-national company that specializes in the manufacturing of non-welded piping systems. Established in 1977 and headquartered in Stoney Creek, Gary and Sandra began the business from the back of their truck, visiting customers to make them aware of their technically advanced product. Since that time, Tube-Mac has become a homegrown entrepreneurial success story with offices all over the world. As business innovators, they truly understand that long-term success requires investment in new approaches and innovation.
Gary and Sandra Mackay have been long-time supporters of St. Joe’s and recently, their major gift of $100,000 to support surgical innovation at St. Joe’s was recognized by the Foundation with the naming of the Mackay Family Minor Procedures Room. St. Joseph’s surgical centre is home to four minor procedures rooms which are used to treat approximately 6,000 patients per year. These “mini-operating rooms” can be used for minor procedures like a cystoscopy, biopsy, lesion removal, colonoscopy or carpal tunnel release.
Gary and Sandra were inspired to support the new centre after taking a hard-hat tour of the facility while it was still under construction. “We were fortunate to have a surgeon along with us on our tour. Seeing his excitement over what this redevelopment would mean for him as a surgeon, and more importantly, for his patients and for families like ours, was all the convincing we needed to make a gift to St. Joe’s,” explains Gary. “We have a large and still growing family, and should they ever need it, we want to make sure that they, and all of our friends, neighbours, and employees, have access to the best surgical care in our region…right here at St. Joe’s.”
Foundation President and CEO, Sera Filice-Armenio said, “The Mackay Family has built a rewarding life, a successful business, and a beautiful family here in Hamilton. And now, through the gift they recently made to St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation, they are making Hamilton a healthier community. We’re honoured the Mackay family decided to invest in the care our Hospital provides.”