About the IWK Health Centre
Since opening its doors over 100 years ago, the IWK has continued to grow and evolve. From revolutions in medicine to emerging health care needs, the IWK has always been at the forefront of patient-centred care. It is in this tradition of excellence that the IWK is building a future filled with promise.
Donors have had a profound effect on the sustainability and advancement of the IWK. In 1909, the Halifax Children's Hospital first opened its doors to children and families of the Maritimes at a remarkable cost of $18,200 because of a visionary $10,000 gift from a single donor. Sixty-one years later, the original Izaak Walton Killam Hospital for Children opened with the help of a generous donation of $8 million from Dorothy Johnson Killam, wife of the late Izaak Walton Killam. Donors played a critical role in the growth and expansion of the IWK that merged with the Grace Maternity Hospital in 1996, becoming the IWK Health Centre.
The IWK Health Centre Foundation helps sustain excellence in specialized care at the IWK for all Maritime families. Last year, generous donors contributed over $10 million to the areas of greatest need at the IWK, including:
Funds raised also support world-renowned researchers and the purchase of modernized technology and equipment. Together with donors, the IWK Foundation supported more than 16,000 inpatient visits and nearly 300,000 outpatient and emergency room visits in one year (view additional statistics).
As health-care costs increase, our donors demonstrate an unwavering commitment to enhanced health care for patients and families throughout the Maritimes. This philanthropic tradition supports much of the IWK's achievements.
Here are just a few areas of care supported through donor generosity:
- Bilingual Services
- Child LIfe
- Community Grants
- Spiritual Health
For more information on the IWK Health Centre visit www.iwk.nshealth.ca.