CJNU broadcast in May from St. Boniface Hospital

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.

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, in 2015, 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.

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

In 2015, 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.

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

You are invited to meet the doctors, nurses, researchers and foundation staff on CJNU, where you will learn more about the work done at the foundation and the hospital.

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—Tom Dercola

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