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Hospitals of regina foundation 30-year history

1889

MARY E. TRUESDELL OPENS REGINA’S FIRST HOSPITAL

MARY E. TRUESDELL OPENS REGINA’S FIRST HOSPITAL

Mary Truesdell’s Home for the Care of the Sick, located in her two-story home, was a welcome addition to late 1880s Regina. Before then, people were forced to travel to Medicine Hat for medical care. Situated in what is now part of the downtown core, at the corner of McIntyre and 11th Avenue, Truesdell’s hospital featured six beds — four for men and two for women. Her vision would eventually lead to the development of the hospitals we have today.

1987

REGINA HOSPITALS FUND RAISING SOCIETY INC. IS INCORPORATED ON APRIL 7, 1987

REGINA HOSPITALS FUND RAISING SOCIETY INC. IS INCORPORATED ON APRIL 7, 1987

The three executive directors of Regina’s hospitals — Royce Gill, Regina General Hospital (RGH), Harvey Fox, Pasqua Hospital/Plains Health Centre and Gren Smith-Windsor, Wascana Rehabilitation Centre (WRC), decide to launch a lottery to help fund critically-needed capital items for their respective hospitals.

FOUNDATION FOUNDERS

FOUNDATION FOUNDERS

Four local businessmen are approached to fundraise for much-needed hospital equipment — Norm Bradshaw, Don Black, Reg Johnson and Bob Watt. They launch initiatives such as Black Tie Bingo and tear-away tickets (Nevada tickets).

FIRST HOME LOTTERY LAUNCHES

FIRST HOME LOTTERY LAUNCHES

The Lottery sells 6,000 tickets through sales in the four hospitals. It raises $180,000. Over the next 30 years, it will raise more than $35 million.

FIRST ANNUAL Z99 RADIOTHON

FIRST ANNUAL Z99 RADIOTHON

The Z99 Radiothon first hit airwaves in 1987. Over the next 30 years, it will help raise more than $7 million for Hospitals of Regina Foundation to purchase life-saving equipment for the NICU in the Rawlco Centre for Mother Baby Care at the RGH.

REGINA GENERAL HOSPITAL AND PASQUA HOSPITAL AUXILIARIES

REGINA GENERAL HOSPITAL AND PASQUA HOSPITAL AUXILIARIES

The womens’ auxiliaries establish themselves as key donors to the Foundation.

1990

REGINA HOSPITALS FUND RAISING SOCIETY INC. CHANGES ITS NAME

REGINA HOSPITALS FUND RAISING SOCIETY INC. CHANGES ITS NAME

Formerly called the Regina Hospitals Fund Raising Society Inc., the name is changed to Hospitals of Regina Foundation (HRF) on April 25, 1990.

1991

PLANT FOR HEALTH INITIATIVE LAUNCHES

PLANT FOR HEALTH INITIATIVE LAUNCHES

Plant for Health is a tribute program designed to support the equipment needs of the WRC. Trees can be purchased and planted in memory of a loved one. These trees and shrubs surround the WRC today. An engraved plate is also added to a special life-size tree mounted on the west wall as you walk inside the centre. The campaign ended in 2012.

1997

LIFE IS WORTH GIVING CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

LIFE IS WORTH GIVING CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

The goal of the campaign is to raise $12 million for much-needed new and replacement equipment, such as an MRI machine. It would surpass this goal by $1 million.

1999

SOUTHERN SASKATCHEWAN’S FIRST MRI

SOUTHERN SASKATCHEWAN’S FIRST MRI

A southern Saskatchewan first, the SaskTel MRI Centre, is established in April 1999.

2004

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF “SMALL IS BIG” CAMPAIGN – IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTHER BABY CARE CENTRE

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF “SMALL IS BIG” CAMPAIGN – IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTHER BABY CARE CENTRE

A goal of $6 million is set to furnish and equip the new Rawlco Centre for Mother Baby Care at the RGH.

2006

BREAST ASSESSMENT CENTRE OPENS

BREAST ASSESSMENT CENTRE OPENS

The Foundation helps equip the Centre with leading-edge breast imaging and diagnostic tools that offers patients a streamlined process enabling them to undergo several procedures in one day.

A SECOND, ANNUAL LOTTERY IS ADDED

A SECOND, ANNUAL LOTTERY IS ADDED

In fall, HRF launches its first Lifestyle Lottery. Proceeds go towards pediatric care. Tickets sell out in three weeks.

2007

MOSAIC HEART CENTRE OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING

MOSAIC HEART CENTRE OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING

The Centre provides a comprehensive cardiac program that includes care for patients with acute heart problems, diagnosis of cardiac diseases and treatment. It is publicly named and celebrated on June 27, 2007.

PROSTATE ASSESSMENT CENTRE IS FORMED

PROSTATE ASSESSMENT CENTRE IS FORMED

Work begins on establishing this cutting-edge diagnostic centre for prostate cancer, in the Pasqua Hospital. It will also be a virtual reference centre linking patients with other key stakeholders and information on detection and treatment.

2009

WOLFE STROKE CENTRE OPENS

WOLFE STROKE CENTRE OPENS

The Unit officially opens in WRC on June 3, 2009 and is part of the Stroke Care Network of Excellence. The Unit is a best-practice model for the optimal way to help patients recover quicker from stroke.

THE EYE CENTRE

THE EYE CENTRE

The four-room RGH eye clinic merges with Pasqua Hospital’s clinic to support standardized eye care for people across southern Saskatchewan.

2010

RAWLCO CENTRE FOR MOTHER BABY CARE GRAND OPENING

RAWLCO CENTRE FOR MOTHER BABY CARE GRAND OPENING

The Centre opens Nov. 2, 2010 and is viewed as one of the most advanced and family-friendly facilities in Canada.

DILAWRI SIMULATION CENTRE OPENS

DILAWRI SIMULATION CENTRE OPENS

The state-of-the-art simulation centre opens June 8, 2012 and is modeled after some of the most effective teaching programs in Canada.

2011

KINSMEN TELEMIRACLE FOUNDATION ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY LAB (EP LAB) OPENS

KINSMEN TELEMIRACLE FOUNDATION ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY LAB (EP LAB) OPENS

In November, the EP lab at RGH opens to the public. The lab treats patients who suffer from an irregular heart rhythm, called arrhythmia — a potentially life-threatening condition. The following year, the first atrial fibrillation ablation procedure is conducted — a first for the province.

2014

POTASHCORP MILLION DOLLAR MATCH SURGICAL CAMPAIGN

POTASHCORP MILLION DOLLAR MATCH SURGICAL CAMPAIGN

PotashCorp commits a $1 million matching gift to HRF’s surgical campaign. In total, 2,250 businesses and individuals have their donations doubled by PotashCorp between Feb. 28 and June 30. The campaign exceeds all expectations and raises an incredible $2.5 million.

2015

GMS CARDIAC RHYTHM DEVICE CLINIC OPENS

GMS CARDIAC RHYTHM DEVICE CLINIC OPENS

This newly upgraded clinic allows for facility improvements and the introduction of a digital electrocardiogram (ECG) testing, file management and storage system to better serve patients who require specialized cardiac care services.

2017

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS

We all know someone who will or has needed care in one of our hospitals. From a broken arm to open heart surgery, ensuring our hospitals are well-equipped to provide the best care possible, is critical now and in the future.

Over 30 years, our donors have helped us raise more than $165 million that has been invested in a broad range of expanded health care services, education and patient-centred research.