A recent donation of a half-million dollars from Flato Developments will help defray the costs of medical equipment, and improve health care support for Markdale Hospital.
“My longstanding belief is we’re in the business of not just building homes, but communities,” said Flato president Shakir Rehmatullah. “And in order to do that, it’s important to support the area in a way that will improve the quality of living for everyone, and not just the people who buy homes from us”. Rehmatullah also supports hospitals and theatres in other areas where his company builds homes.
Mayor Paul McQueen of the Municipality of Grey Highlands, says Flato’s contribution “is really great news for our community. We have a private home builder and developer that is not only investing in our area, but they’re clearly committed to the health and well-being of our community.”
According to Darlene Lamberti, Coordinator for the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation, Flato’s contribution will enable the hospital to continue to improve and update healthcare services for the community and keep healthcare close to home.
“These funds will go towards much-needed equipment, including stationary and portable cardiac monitors to help diagnose and monitor heart issues, central monitors that will allow nursing staff to monitor heart health in several patients at once, and new defibrillators for the ER and patient rooms,” said Lamberti.
Faye Harrison, board chair for the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation, says that “this generous contribution will help ensure that excellent, local healthcare will continue to be available for families here in our current hospital, and in our new hospital, for years to come. It also serves as an important reminder that fundraising – particularly in smaller communities, is an ongoing process that’s needed to keep hospital services running smoothly.”
To honour the donation, the lobby of Markdale Hospital will be named the Flato Developments Inc. Lobby with a plaque to be installed.
“Shakir, Flato’s president, really walks the talk when it comes to being supportive of the community and this is our way of recognizing that commitment,” notes Harrison.
Photo: Flato Developments president Shakir Rehmatullah (left) announced a $500,000 contribution to Markdale Hospital on behalf of Flato and their Edgewood Greens community in Dundalk. Many dignitaries attended including Lance Thurston, president and CEO of Grey Bruce Health Services, and Fay Harrison, chair of the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation.