St. Boniface Hospital: Western Canada’s #1 for research in the Canadian West – and so much more

Patients benefit from the latest therapeutic advancements and clinicians who are exploring new ideas and technologies on site. Learn about the hospital this month on CJNU.

By Tom Dercola

St. Boniface Hospital Foundation is proud to be partnered with CJNU for the month of May in St. Boniface Hospital’s Everett Atrium. We are looking forward to connecting with our community, and having the opportunity to tell you a little bit more about us.

The story of St. Boniface Hospital is one of innovation, determination and compassion. In 1844, four intrepid French Canadian Grey Nuns arrived by canoe in Manitoba, where the Assiniboine and Red Rivers meet. They immediately began caring for the sick and underprivileged of the area. Twenty-seven years later, in 1871, nestled between the wilds of the Canadian Shield and the great expanse of the interior plains, they built what would become western Canada’s first hospital: St. Boniface Hospital.

The spirit of forging new frontiers is woven into our history. Manitoba’s first open-heart surgery was performed at St. Boniface Hospital. We founded Canada’s first palliative care centre in a hospital setting, established the first MRI in Manitoba, and created Canada’s first in-hospital art gallery.

Last year, St. Boniface Hospital received over 228,000 outpatient visits, helped over 5,700 mothers deliver babies, and cared for over 20,000 patients admitted to our various departments.

St. Boniface Hospital is the second largest hospital in Manitoba. Established in 1987, the newly renamed St. Boniface Hospital, Albrechtsen Research Centre was the first free-standing research centre in western Canada. Since then, the research centre has earned a national and international reputation for ground breaking basic and applied medical research. In fact, last year Research Infosource Inc, an independent group from Toronto, ranked St. Boniface as the number one research Intensive hospital in western Canada for the fourth year in a row.

Lifestyle55_Ad_HopeHealing_p1We attract the best physicians and medical practitioners because they can do both clinical care and research. Our research is strengthened by our direct link to St. Boniface Hospital patients: real people struggling with the very diseases and conditions we are studying. And our patients benefit from quicker access to clinical trials, the latest therapeutic advancements and clinicians who are exploring new ideas and technologies on site.

We’d like to get to know you better, and invite you to meet our doctors, nurses, researchers and Foundation staff on CJNU. We look forward to telling you about the work we do – all in the name of hope and healing.

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