St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation AGM acknowledges significant fundraising accomplishments in 2020

Patients are now being welcomed to the Hospice at Glengarda in Saskatoon, an Emmanuel Health Facility constructed in a former Ursuline Sisters' residence. Funds for the facility were raised through a St. Paul's Hospital Foundation $21-million Close to Home campaign. (Photo by Matt Smith, SPH Foundation)

By St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation

St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation held its Annual General Meeting April 22, 2021, acknowledging the community for giving so generously of time and resources to ensure the health and well- being of patients and their families.

“Donor generosity has a tremendous impact on patient care, bringing much needed medical equipment, programs, services and professional development opportunities to St. Paul’s Hospital and the Hospice at Glengarda that would simply not be feasible otherwise,” said outgoing Foundation Board Chair Neil Weber.

“We are very grateful to all our donors and supporters, and together we are helping our Hospital achieve its vision for A Community of Health, Hope and Compassion for All.”

At the event, the Foundation reported on a number of noteworthy fundraising accomplishments including the completion of the Close to Home Campaign for Hospice and End-of-Life Care on May 12, 2020 with over $21 million raised to build the Hospice at Glengarda, to renovate the Palliative Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital, to advance education and training, and to expand holistic end-of-life-care in Saskatchewan.

Another noteworthy accomplishment included the allocation of $6.9 million to St. Paul’s Hospital in 2020 to support a variety of other important initiatives, including an entertainment system for the Cameco Community Renal Health Centre, a holmium laser for urology surgical services, and holistic care programming.

At the April 22 meeting, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation welcomed Larry Long to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Vivian Walker is the new chair of the board with Neil Weber (past chair), Gwen Dueck (vice-chair), and Nicholle Povhe (treasurer), along with directors Shari Watson, Arlene Jorgenson, Doreen Howlett, Kevin Sharfe, Ron Hyggen, Steeg Holmes, Dr. Bruce Berscheid (local council), Tracy Muggli (St. Paul’s Hospital Executive Director), and Lecina Hicke (St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation CEO).

The Honourable Madam Justice, Leah Schatz resigned her position on the board due to her appointment to the Court of Queen’s Bench. The Foundation thanked her for her ongoing dedication and commitment to St. Paul’s Hospital, Foundation and the community.

St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation has allocated more than $79 million to the Hospital since the Foundation was formed in 1982.