2022 Impact Report

Leadership Message

25 years of impact

Over the last quarter-century, philanthropy has transformed thousands of lives in our community by accelerating health care innovation and improving access to life-changing procedures.

Board Chair, Calgary Health Foundation

Since the amalgamation of Calgary’s six adult health care foundations in 1996, over $550 million has been invested in health care, wellness and research. A combination of heartfelt community donations and extraordinary hospital home lottery results helped our organization exceed financial targets this year. The impact of your generous contributions is profound.

Loved ones severely injured in tragic incidents learned to walk and talk again. Patients needing joint replacement surgeries benefitted from innovative equipment purchases that dramatically increased access and improved recovery times. And our most critically ill infants now face much better outcomes thanks to renewed facilities and research into preterm birth risks resulting from our $153 million Newborns Need initiative. These are only a few examples of our donors’ extraordinary contributions. Other noteworthy outcomes include:

  • Supporting iSuite: six state-of-the-art linked surgical suites at Foothills Medical Centre, Peter Lougheed Centre and Rockyview General Hospital;
  • Contributing to the NeuroArm, PET and CT scanners at Foothills Medical Centre;
  • Opening the Stephenson Cardiovascular MR Centre with our partners at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute;
  • Establishing a Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, an Interventional Radiology Suite, a virtual simulation centre and purchasing the da Vinci Robot;
  • Collaborating on the renowned Firefighters Burn Unit and the Southern Alberta Institute of Urology; and
  • Facilitating the opening of the world’s second Interventional Trauma Operating Room at Foothills Medical Centre, the Cardiac Hybrid Operating Room, and the Vascular Hybrid Operating Suite.

Over the last decade, our donors have helped open a new NICU and Maternal Care Unit at Peter Lougheed Centre, a Pediatric Emergency Pod at South Health Campus and invested in pediatric simulation training in the City of Calgary and rural communities. We have invested your generous contributions in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic; advancing specialized services like Safeworks, Grief Support and the Calgary Sexual Assault Response Team; and creating a more home-like environment for Carewest residents.

These accomplishments demonstrate the breadth and reach of the Calgary Health Foundation’s unique model, which touches all aspects of health care to support the growing needs of people in Calgary and Southern Alberta. This year, we’re motivated to progress care for mental health and substance use patients, expand women’s health offerings, improve outcomes for critically injured neurology patients and offer genomic screening to more Albertans.

Our founders considered philanthropy a civic duty and an expectation of their roles as community leaders. Their vision and passion inspire us to continue to invest boldly, challenging the status quo.

We will continue to attract leading health care expertise to our community and leverage opportunities in precision and emerging medicine. Thank you for contributing to 25 years of community impact by investing in the Calgary Heath Foundation.

Since the amalgamation of health care foundations in Calgary in 1996, over $550 million has been raised in health care, wellness and research. The impact of your generous contributions is profound.

Sandy Edmonstone Board Chair, Calgary Health Foundation