November 8, 2018


Health Care Foundation Holds 2017-18 Annual General Meeting

St. John’s, NL - The Health Care Foundation held its annual general meeting today at Pleasant View Towers. At the meeting, Debbie Patten, Chair of the Health Care Foundation’s Board of Directors and Paul Snow, President and CEO of the Health Care Foundation, provided an overview of the Foundation’s achievements and activities for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

“Thanks to our incredible donors, supporters and partners, we are delighted to announce that $2,751,936 was transferred to Eastern Health for hospitals and health centres here at home,” said Debbie Patten, Chair of the Health Care Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Our supporter’s generosity has translated into better health care, enhancing equipment, technology, research, education and comfort for patients, residents, families and staff.”

Funding raised this fiscal year supported a number of Eastern Health programs including: Long-Term Care, Cardiac Care, Surgical Care, Women’s Health, Mental Health and Addictions, Rehabilitation, Medicine, Palliative Care and more.

One notable area of investment is the new 3 T MRI for the Health Sciences Centre. This past year, the Health Care Foundation, in partnership with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, completed its journey to secure funding for a new state-of-the-art 3 T MRI. Thanks to the support of Trades NL ($1 million donation), the Bank of Montreal ($500,000 donation), Scotiabank ($250,000 donation), CIBC ($120,000 donation) and the Estate of Gordon Butler ($43,800), the new scanner was successfully installed in May 2018.

“The 3 T MRI is an incredible enhancement to the current fleet of diagnostic equipment at Eastern Health,” said Paul Snow, President and CEO, Health Care Foundation. “Technology is always changing and improving and the Foundation is proud that patients will now have access to the best 3 T model available on the market. I want to thank our donors who support our vision of innovation in health care. Together, we can ensure that our people have access to the best equipment and care here at home.”

The Health Care Foundation was also pleased to launch a new event in February 2018 in partnership with VOCM Cares - the Row 4 Heart Radiothon. The event raised $87,863 for the new mechanical heart technology, crucial life-saving equipment for cardiac patients.

At the meeting, the Health Care Foundation also announced the retiring of its Board Chair and long-standing board member, Debbie Patten.

“Mrs. Patten has been a great friend to the Health Care Foundation for nearly two decades,” said Mr. Snow. “Her innovative approach and resourcefulness has contributed directly to the success of a number of our events, initiatives and programs and she will be missed dearly.”

Taking over for Mrs. Patten as Board Chair is long-standing board member Jocelyn Perry of Fortis Inc.

“I’d like to extend congratulations to our new Board Chair, Jocelyn Perry,” added Mrs. Patten. “I am confident she will do a wonderful job in continuing to enhance health care here at home.”

The Health Care Foundation’s Annual Report for 2017-18 is available online at

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 contacts:
Jackie O’Brien
Senior Manager, Communications and Stewardship
Health Care Foundation
T: (709) 777-5906
C: (709) 743-3127