The Story of St-Boniface Hospital
They came to teach. They came to heal. They came to comfort.
Four intrepid French Canadian women came through the wilderness
by canoe – their singular purpose to improve the quality of life for all
within their reach. They struggled through hardship, poverty and
prejudice. They resisted those who would have left them behind.
Determined to reach the western frontier of Canada and deliver their
own brand of fierce compassion.
The Grey Nuns stepped out of their canoe onto the shores of the Red
River, and into the history of our nation, our province, our city and our
The founders of the first hospital west of Ontario were its first sister teachers,
its first sister-healers. They were the builders of the first
modern residence in Western Canada.
St-Boniface Hospital continues to lead by following in the footsteps of
its indomitable founders. A catholic hospital that embraces openness –
among the first to welcome physicians of other creeds when few others
would. A medical pioneer – its doctors the first in Manitoba to conduct
open-heart surgery in 1959. An advocate of innovation – the first
hospital in the province to establish and support a stand-alone
research centre that has since become world renowned.
St-Boniface Hospital is continuing to break ground in quality of patient
care, operational efficiency, research discovery and funding growth –
its singular purpose to improve the quality of life for all within its reach.
Those who work within the walls of its extensive complex share an
intense commitment to doing what’s right for the people they serve,
the people they work with, the people of their community and of the
world. If doing right means taking a different path, St-Boniface
Hospital is prepared to walk alone.
To heal. To teach. To comfort. To discover. To lead.