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Brief Historical Facts and Summary of Activity Levels (2017-2018)

  • St. Boniface Hospital was established in 1871, by the Sisters of Charity of Montreal "Grey Nuns". The four-bed hospital was situated on the present site, on the east bank of the Red River, at the fork of the Assiniboine and Red rivers in Manitoba. It is the first hospital in Western Canada..
  • A major university-affiliated centre involved in patient care, teaching and research, St. Boniface Hospital is part of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and serves the people of Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario and parts of Saskatchewan.
  • Our mission focuses on quality patient care, education and research for the improvement of patient care. It is accomplished through teamwork, innovation, strong financial management and continual striving for compassionate care to those in need.
  • The second largest hospital in Manitoba, it provides community outreach programs, ambulatory care programs and inpatient services.
  • The Hospital is affiliated with the University of Manitoba's faculties of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and other health-care disciplines.
  • A s a tertiary care facility, the Hospital maintains a core of clinical activities to support its overall leadership, including: anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, family practice, geriatric medicine, laboratory medicine, medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, pathology, outpatient pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery. These are grouped under eight clinical programs: Cardiac Sciences, Emergency, Family Medicine, Medicine, Mental Health, Rehab/Geriatrics, Surgery and Woman and Child.
  • The Hospital has demonstrated provincial leadership and significant expertise in the areas of cardiac sciences, emergency medicine, gastrointestinal disease, neurosciences, oncology, palliative care, perinatal care, geriatric medicine, family medicine.
  • Nursing education has been a large part of SBH since the Grey Nuns opened a school of Nursing in 1897. Today, the Hospital offers a thriving academic learning environment for undergraduate and graduate student nurses enrolled in the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Nursing.
  • St. Boniface employs 3,500 staff in a variety of support capacities. In addition, some 340 doctors have admitting privileges at SBH. They are appointed by the Board of Directors following the recommendation of the Medical Advisory Committee. Peer reviews and professional care evaluations by the medical staff are used to examine performance of medical staff members.
  • In 1959, St. Boniface Hospital performs the first cardiac surgery in Manitoba.
  • The St-Boniface Hospital Foundation was established in 1971, on the 100th anniversary of St. Boniface Hospital. Its original purpose was to raise funds to support medical research. Today, the Foundation raises funds to support excellence in health care and research at St. Boniface Hospital in a manner that embodies the legacy of the Grey Nuns. Since its inception 40 years ago, the Foundation has raised more than $140 million to meet these needs. Funds raised have supported the construction of the G. Campbell MacLean Building, home of St-Boniface Hospital Research, the purchase of Manitoba’s first Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scanner, and the construction of the I.H. Asper Clinical Research Institute.
  • In 1974, St. Boniface Hospital becomes the first hospital in Canada to develop a palliative care program.
  • In 1976, the St. Boniface Foundation established the International Award to honour individuals who have made, through their genius, talent and energy, an outstanding contribution to health care and the community. Since then, people such as Dr. Jonas Salk, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, Dr. Andrei Sakharov, Sir Edmund Hillary and most recently, Dr. Donall Thomas and Jose Carreras have been honoured.
  • St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre opened in 1987. It is the first free-standing research facility constructed in Canada.
  • In 1990, Manitoba's first Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scanner used for research and clinical applications was installed in a separate but adjacent building. The MRI was upgraded and two new ones for patient care and research were installed in 1999.
  • The Research Centre has more than 190 research and support personnel working in it with a budget of $7 million. Its research programs are directly linked to clinical departments in the Hospital: infectious diseases, respiratory medicine, nephrology, cardiology, clinical nursing research, cancer research.
  • In June 1993, the Medical Research Council of Canada awarded the cardiovascular research team over $5 million to continue its research and designated it a "Medical Research Group".
  • In the fall of 1998, St. Boniface Hospital opened the Centre for Research on Diseases of the Aging on the 4th floor of the Research Centre, thanks to $12.6 M in funds raised by the Research Foundation. The Centre's researchers will study senile dementias, including Alzheimer's disease and stroke. Approximately 100 staff are involved in this research.
  • In 2003, St. Boniface’s new I.H. Asper Clinical Research Institute was completed. It is a state-of-the-art facility that bridges the gap between the Research Centre and the Hospital by allowing clinical trials to take place for the very first time in Manitoba. As such, it will provide Manitobans with direct and early access to leading-edge treatments and technology without having to leave the province.
  • In 2007, St. Boniface Hospital introduces an electronic patient record, the first of its kind in a Manitoba hospital.
  • On April 4, 2011, the new cardiac sciences surgical services at St. Boniface Hospital’s I.H. Asper Institute is officially opened. An outpatient clinic is also opened for pre-surgery patients and for post-surgery follow-ups.


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