Timeline of Success

Raising the bar in research and patient care

Our successes are your successes. You make remarkable innovations in patient care and medical research at St. Boniface Hospital possible.

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.

2021 – Mental Health Initiative

2020 – New Frontiers Campaign

2018 – Milestone in Fundraising
$200 million raised since 1971. Thank you for your generosity!

2018 – Operating room upgrade
Funded Manitoba’s first Endovascular Hybrid Operating Room.

2017 – Advancements in Research
Albrechtsen Research Centre patented a method to control collagen production by manipulating scleraxis.

2017 – Healing through Art
The Buhler Gallery marked 10 years of healing through art, thanks to donors John and Bonnie Buhler.

2016 – Record Financial Year
$12.5 million raised, 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.

2016 – Research Without Borders
Research partnership established with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel to raise $10 million supporting three research areas: cardiovascular sciences, food sciences, and neurodegenerative conditions.

2016 – Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)
Second rTMS machine to treat patients with depression and research ways rTMS technology can help treat other neurological conditions purchased.

2015 – Albrechtsen Research Centre
Research Centre renamed “St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre” to honour Paul Albrechtsen, who donated $5 million to cardiac research.

2015 – Cardiac CT Scanner
Purchased and installed state-of-the-art cardiac CT scanner thanks to $1 million gift from Russ and Edna Edwards, and many generous community donors.

2015 – Women’s Heart Health Screening Project
Clinical research project to investigate heart disease screening in women launched by Dr. Todd Duhamel.

2014 – Intraoperative Transesophageal 3D Echocardiography (TEE)
Installed four TEE units that show 3D images of the heart to assist in cardiac surgery.

2014 – Research Was Here
“Research Was Here” highlights the impact of the research of more than 40 investigators at the Albrechtsen Research Centre, and has helped raise $22 millionto date.

2013 – The Canada/Italy Tissue Engineering Laboratory (CITEL)
CITEL collaboration with Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata (Rome, Italy) is launched to explore how patches of tissue made from ethical stem cells can strengthen a healing heart. The Sons of Italy Garibaldi Lodge contributed a $100,000 gift to help fund this project.

2013 – Women’s Heart Health Conference
Women’s Heart Health Conference launched St. Boniface Hospital’s Women’s Heart Health Initiative (WHHI) and attracted 350 participants to learn about critical heart health issues for women.

2011 – Mental Health Campaign
“Changing Face of Mental Health” campaign is launched, focusing specifically on mental illness and supporting the Hospital’s Mental Health Program.

2009 – SPY Intra-Operative Imaging System
$350,000 fundraising initiative is led by Mr. Hartley T. Richardson and Mr. Gary Bachman to purchase the SPY Intra-Operative Imaging System, which helps doctors confirm successful bypass surgery. SBH was the first hospital in Western Canada to obtain this equipment.

2009 – Everett Atrium
$1 million donation by Senator Douglas and Patricia Everett, on behalf of the Everett family, launches endowment fund supporting neurodegenerative research. The Hospital’s main entrance atrium is renamed the “Everett Atrium.”

2007 – Sinus Surgical System
3D-image-guided sinus system for high-risk ear, nose, and throat surgery is purchased, thanks for $250,000 raised by community, starting with a $52 donation from 11-year-old Keelin Antonichuk in 2005.

2007 – Buhler Gallery
The Buhler Gallery, the first in-hospital art gallery of its kind in Canada, is established thanks to a generous donation from John and Bonnie Buhler.

2004 – HeartCare Campaign
$25 million raised to create Manitoba’s cardiac centre of excellence, which includes the I.H. Asper Clinical Research Institute and The Bergen Cardiac Care Centre, recognizing the Bergen family’s campaign donation of $2.5 million.

2000 – Palliative Care Unit
$2.5 million raised to build a new Palliative Care unit and endowment fund established to meet the unit’s ongoing needs to care for patients in their final days with compassion and dignity.

1996 – Dr. John Foerster Centre for Health Research on Aging
$12.6 raised to create the Dr. John Foerster Centre for Health Research on Aging in May 2001, specializing in neurodegenerative disorder research.

1990 – Magnetic Resonance Imaging Unit (MRI)
Manitoba’s first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit purchased thanks to $5 million raised. Today, SBH is one of  Western Canada’s largest diagnostic MRI centres.

1987 – St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre
$19 million raised to construct the G. Campbell MacLean Building, home of the Hospital’s Research Centre and Canada’s first free-standing research facility.

1985 – St. Boniface Hospital Foundation Lottery
The lottery program is established to expand the Foundation’s capacity to fund medical research and patient care at the Hospital.

1976 – International Award
The International Award is launched, to honour individuals whose genius, talent, and energy make an outstanding contribution to health care and humanity. Past recipients include Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, Sir Edmund Hillary, Dr. Andrei Sakharov, Rosalynn Carter, Sir Bob Geldof, Dr. Jonas Salk, and Steve Nash.