News Release

May 4, 2016

Health Care Foundation Launches New Project to Revitalize Hospital Spaces

St. John’s, NL - The Health Care Foundation launched a new initiative today, called the Peaceful Ports Project, which aims to revitalize hospital waiting areas and family rooms into more soothing and comforting spaces for patients and their families.  

“When you visit the hospital, your surroundings can have a major impact on your well-being and mental health,” said Paul Snow, President and CEO, Health Care Foundation. “Just imagine wanting to stay close to a loved one when they are critically ill. Having a soothing, comfortable place to recoup, regroup and maybe even sleep is so important. It reduces stress for the family and for the patient who wants their family members to be comfortable.”

With the help of its donors, the Health Care Foundation’s goal is to redesign and transform 113 hospital spaces, including waiting rooms, quiet rooms and family rooms in total. 

These new spaces will have a number of features that are important to patients and families, including:

  • A fresh design with comfort and relaxation in mind – from the paint colours and non-flourescent lighting to the fireplaces, greenery and art work on the walls. 
  • New televisions to break up the wait or provide a wanted distraction for families. 
  • Access to wifi in all of the spaces. 
  • Comfortable seating that has infection prevention and control at the forefront.

“When we speak of health care, we’re referring not just to the clinical care that we provide, but also the compassionate care that goes hand-in-hand with that,” said David Diamond, President and CEO, Eastern Health. “We see these peaceful ports as an important complement to the thousands of diagnostic tests, surgical procedures, emergency interventions and treatments that take place every day within our hospital walls, and know they will become a refuge for patients and families at a time they need it most.”

To date, four spaces have been completed and seven others will be developed this year. Donors have the opportunity to sponsor a room which will then be named in recognition of their contribution. Today, the main waiting area at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital was named in recognition of the St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital Auxiliary’s contribution and the family room in the Critical Care Unit at the Health Sciences Centre was named in honour of Dr. Richard D. Fagan. 

For more information about the Health Care Foundation, please visit

About the Health Care Foundation

The Health Care Foundation is committed to raising and stewarding funds for the advancement and enhancement of patient comfort and care, medical equipment, research and education within adult hospitals and facilities serving the St. John’s region. Through its fundraising initiatives, the Health Care Foundation assists Eastern Health in providing health care for the St. John’s region and specialized tertiary health services for the entire province. 

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Media contact:
Jackie O’Brien
Manager, Communications and Stewardship
Health Care Foundation 
(709) 777-5906