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Milestones & Turning Points

2023 Community Impact Report


Your Donations, Your Impact

In 2022-23, donors like you propelled a multi-million dollar joint campaign with Grand River Hospital to bring St. Mary’s General Hospital its first MRI.
But you didn’t stop there.
Your generosity allowed us to secure additional equipment and technology that transforms the patient experience, improves staff wellness and betters the environment of care for all.

The Turning Point

While the spotlight shifts off the COVID-19 pandemic, our community continues to need state-of-the-art medical equipment.

It's time to build back.
Let’s make sure we’re stronger than ever.

The Milestones

100 Years of Care

The cornerstone of the hospital was laid in Oct. 1923 and the building opened a year later

20 Years of Cardiac Care

20 years as a Regional Cardiac Care Centre – St. Mary’s first open-heart surgery was performed on July 7, 2003

St. Mary's MRI

St. Mary’s first MRI machine – You helped us fund this breakthrough for patient care in our community

Ready to see your donation dollars at work?
"The refreshed chapel space retains its serenity and soulfulness and continues its long tradition as a sacred space for prayer, reflection and quiet for all." - Chaplains Greta Delonghi and Victoria Shepherd-Rao
"Filled with treats, this cart goes around weekly to staff across the hospital. You hear comments like: 'You made my day!' It's a small gesture that has a positive impact." - Heather Tunks, Organizational Culture Coordinator
"It's so stress-relieving. The dogs just cheer you up and renew everything so you're ready to tackle the rest of your day." - Lindsay Conway, Cardiovascular Technologist

Message from the CEO and Board Chair

As we enter a turning point for healthcare in our community, St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation is grateful for your support in helping us reach impressive milestones.
In July, our Regional Cardiac Care Centre turned 20. Next October, the hospital will commemorate 100 years of care. And in a breakthrough for community health, St. Mary's will soon have its first MRI machine, thanks to an incredible donor-fueled joint campaign with Grand River Hospital.
St. Mary’s prides itself in offering compassionate, innovative, patient-centred care across Waterloo Region and beyond. But we couldn’t do that without support from donors like you.
This past year, we worked together to fund much-needed equipment and initiatives, putting tools in the hands of our staff so they can treat your friends, family and neighbours with state-of-the-art technology.
You’re a partner in our success, and we thank you for your inspiring generosity.
As we reflect on past accomplishments, we’re also looking to the journey ahead.
The spotlight has shifted off the COVID-19 pandemic. The masks are off, the vacations are booked, the weddings and gatherings are back in full swing.
But the need to invest in healthcare remains.
This is a crucial turning point for our community – a chance to build back stronger.
Together, we can transform healthcare for our community.
Let’s embrace this turning point.
Photo: Susan Dusick

Susan Dusick

President & CEO

Photo: Phil Pfeifer

Phil Pfeifer

Board Chair

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St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation

Medical Centre 2
435 The Boardwalk, Suite 300
Waterloo, ON, N2T 0C2


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