Our Successes

Raising the bar in research and patient care

Our successes are your successes. Through our donors, St. Boniface Hospital Foundation makes possible many of the remarkable innovations in patient care and health research at St. Boniface Hospital. Our research attracts global attention and global partners; our commitment to patient-care, hospital transformation, and best practice sets the standard in Canada. Motivated, passionate donors like you are behind our successes – and the entire community benefits.

Selected highlights:

2016 – Record Financial Year

The Foundation celebrates a record of excess of revenue over expenses before grants of $12.5 million raised for patient care and medical research at St. Boniface Hospital, thanks to the continued generosity and commitment of donors.

2016 – Imagine Canada Accreditation

The Foundation became the first and only hospital foundation in Manitoba to be accredited by Imagine Canada’s highly-regarded Standards Program. To become accredited, organizations must demonstrate compliance and excellence with 73 standards including board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; and staff management.

2016 – Research Without Borders

To accelerate research and open doors to new discoveries in key areas, St. Boniface Hospital Foundation partners with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Israel. The campaign aims to raise $10 million to support three broad research areas where each institution has demonstrated expertise: cardiovascular sciences; food sciences; and neurodegenerative conditions. 

 2016 – Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)

Foundation donors purchase a second rTMS machine for the Hospital to both treat patients with depression, and research ways it can help with other neurological conditions. This second machine includes a “theta burst stimulation” add-on which speeds up the amount of time it takes for treatment – significantly decreasing wait times.

 2015 – Albrechtsen Research Centre

The Hospital’s research centre is renamed to the St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre in honour of local businessman and philanthropist Paul Albrechtsen who donated $5 million to cardiac research.

 2015 – Cardiac CT Scanner

The Foundation launched a major campaign to purchase and install a state-of-the-art cardiac CT scanner.  Anchored by a $1 million gift from Russ and Edna Edwards, the campaign was supported by many generous donors in the community.  The new machine can locate and assess coronary blockages in mere minutes and without incision.  It is an important advance from the conventional practice and it will have a significant impact on patient care at St. Boniface Hospital.

 2015 – Women’s Heart Health Screening Project

With Foundation support, Dr. Todd Duhamel launched a very successful clinical research project to investigate a potentially better tool to screen women for cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, including the number one cause of death for women over the age of 55.  Currently, the sensitivity and accuracy of standard screening approaches are not as effective in women as they are in men.  One of the key donors to this study is Canadian Pacific (CP) which, through their 2015 Grey Cup CP Touchdown for Heart initiative generated over $180,000 in support of women’s cardiovascular research.

2014 – Intraoperative Transesophageal 3-D Echocardiography (TEE)

Four TEE units are now being used at St. Boniface Hospital to assist in cardiac surgery, thanks to generous Foundation donors. The equipment shows the health-care team 3-D images of the heart during procedures, giving them more confidence that each procedure is being performed accurately and completely.

 2014 – Research Was Here

The Foundation launched “Research Was Here” a website designed to introduce donors and the community at large to St. Boniface Hospital’s 40+ remarkable researchers and their work. The project shines a light on the impact of research through plain language and story-telling and has helped raise $20 million to date for medical research at St. Boniface Hospital.

 2013 – The Canada/Italy Tissue Engineering Laboratory (CITEL)

The Sons of Italy Garibaldi Lodge contributed $100,000 to the Foundation for CITEL, a collaboration between Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata (Rome, Italy) and St. Boniface Hospital Research. The lab is exploring how patches of tissue made from ethical stem cells can strengthen a healing heart.

 2013 – Women’s Heart Health Conference

St. Boniface Hospital Foundation helped to fund the Women’s Heart Health Conference, which served as the public launch of St. Boniface Hospital’s Women’s Heart Health Initiative (WHHI). The conference attracted 350 participants who heard that heart disease was the number one killer of women and who talked about the unique needs of women in preventing and living with heart disease.

 2011 – Mental Health Campaign

The Foundation launched the “Changing Face of Mental Health” campaign, the first St. Boniface Hospital Foundation campaign to focus specifically on mental health. The campaign, which exceeded its goal in just a few months, raised money for mental health programs and services. The St. Boniface Hospital Mental Health Program continues to provide sensitive, focused, and compassionate care to Manitobans living with mental illness.

 2009 – SPY Intra-Operative Imaging System

St. Boniface Hospital Foundation announced a successful fundraising initiative led by Mr. Hartley T. Richardson and Mr. Gary Bachman. In total, $350,000 was raised to purchase the SPY Intra-Operative Imaging System. This system helps doctors to confirm a successful bypass surgery, which ultimately reduces complications and assists in avoiding repeat heart surgeries. St. Boniface Hospital was the first hospital in Western Canada to obtain this important piece of equipment.

 2009 – Everett Atrium

St. Boniface Hospital & Research Foundation, as it was then known, announced a $1 million donation by Senator Douglas and Patricia Everett, on behalf of the Everett family, to begin an endowment in support of neurodegenerative research at St. Boniface Hospital. In celebration of “The Honourable Douglas & Patricia Everett and Royal Canadian Properties Limited Endowment Fund,” the Hospital’s main entrance atrium was named the “Everett Atrium.”

 2007 – Sinus Surgical System

A state-of-the-art, 3D-image-guided sinus system for high-risk ear, nose, and throat surgery – the first of its kind in Manitoba – arrived at St. Boniface Hospital thanks to a $250,000 fundraising effort by St. Boniface Hospital Foundation. The project started in Fall 2005 with a $52 donation from then 11-year-old Keelin Antonichuk.

 2007 – Buhler Gallery

Thanks to a generous gift from John and Bonnie Buhler the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation established the Buhler Gallery at St. Boniface Hospital. The gallery is the first of its kind in Canada, providing an oasis of contemplation, healing, and rejuvenation, for patients, visitors, and healthcare workers alike. It is a public gallery exhibiting artwork from professional artists along with public programs including music, readings, talks, and panel discussions.

 2004 – HeartCare Campaign

Through its HeartCare Campaign, St. Boniface Hospital Foundation raised $25 million to create a cardiovascular centre of excellence for Manitobans. The centre includes the I.H. Asper Clinical Research Institute; The Bergen Cardiac Care Centre, named in recognition of the Bergen family’s campaign donation of $2.5 million; and the creation of a strategic research partnership between St. Boniface Hospital and the world-renowned Mayo Clinic.

2000 – Palliative Care Unit

The Foundation led a campaign to raise $2.5 million to build a new Palliative Care unit at St. Boniface Hospital, along with establishing an endowment fund to meet the unit’s ongoing needs. The unit offers terminally ill patients a home-away-from-home environment with private rooms for each patient and accommodations for family members. It is dedicated to meeting the needs of patients in their final days with compassion and dignity.

 1996 – Dr. John Foerster Centre for Health Research on Aging

The Foundation raised $12.6 million dollars to create the Dr. John Foerster Centre for Health Research on Aging, which opened in May 2001. The world-class program is dedicated entirely to alleviating the suffering of our elderly population by specializing in neurodegenerative disorders.

 1990 – Magnetic Resonance Imaging Unit (MRI)

The Foundation raised $5 million to purchase Manitoba’s first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit. Today, St. Boniface Hospital is one of Western Canada’s largest diagnostic MRI centres.

1987 – St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre

St. Boniface Hospital Foundation raised $19 million for the construction of the G. Campbell MacLean Building, home of St. Boniface Hospital Research and Canada’s first free-standing research facility. St. Boniface Hospital Research specializes in four core areas of research excellence: the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, the Division of Neurodegenerative Disorders, the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine, and clinical research.

 1985 – St. Boniface Hospital Foundation Lottery

The St. Boniface Hospital Foundation established its lottery program to expand its capacity to fund health research and patient care at St. Boniface Hospital. It remains a successful endeavour and a vital revenue stream for the Foundation.

 1976 – International Award

The Foundation established its International Award to honour individuals whose genius, talent, and energy have made an outstanding contribution to health care and/or humanity. Past recipients include Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, Sir Edmund Hillary, Dr. Andrei Sakharov, Rosalynn Carter, Sir Bob Geldof, and Dr. Jonas Salk