Royal University Hospital officially opened on Saturday, May 14, 1955, during a public ceremony officiated by then-Premier Tommy Douglas. The seven-wing, seven-storey hospital took eight years to build.
The opening of RUH fulfilled a huge need in the province:
- A first-class hospital facility with diagnostic equipment and laboratories was now linked with the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine to deliver a comprehensive health program.
- A partnership between training and healthcare was in place to create the most important medical centre in the province, one which would raise the standard of medical treatment throughout Saskatchewan.
Within the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), Royal University Hospital serves as a leader in providing acute-care services for the province. The hospital serves as the main trauma centre for the entire province, houses many maternal and child services, neurosurgery and cardiovascular surgery, oncology including Saskatchewan’s only Stem Cell Transplant Program, PET-CT Centre, and cardiology, oncology, and respirology departments.
RUH Foundation was established in 1983, and has since raised and invested more than $155 million of donor funds into innovative research, education, and patient care priorities for health-care advancements at RUH. Working together with donors and medical teams, we are saving lives.
RUH continues to enhance its programs and services through innovation, technology and research, ultimately improving patient outcomes. This provides a great opportunity for donors to support transformational care for patients and provide a difference in healthcare for the people of Saskatchewan. RUH Foundation continues to partner with the SHA to make that happen.
Strategic Plan 2018–2022
Inspiring Health-Care Philanthropy
To create excellence in health care by raising funds that anticipate and respond to needs for innovative research, education, and patient care at Royal University Hospital.
The Values We Live By
Stewardship • Collaboration • Inclusiveness and Diversity • Excellence • Innovation
Our Strategic Priorities
- Grow Fundraising Programs to maximize impact on Investment
- Inspiring Innovation and Efficiency
- Building and Nurturing Strategic Partnerships
- Telling the Royal University Hospital Story
Imagine Canada Accreditation
In May 2014, Royal University Hospital Foundation was awarded the highest level of accreditation and shared the distinction of being one of the first charitable organizations in Saskatchewan to be accredited under Imagine Canada’s National Standards Program. In 2019, RUH Foundation was successfully re-accredited for five years. With this achievement, we join a growing community of more than 240 organizations dedicated to operational excellence.
The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and not-for-profits designed to strengthen practices and ensure transparency in five fundamental areas:
- Board governance
- Financial accountability and transparency
- Staff management
- Volunteer involvement
Our policies and procedures in the five areas of compliance were evaluated by a group of volunteers from the sector, and were found to be compliant with the Standards Program.
Royal University Hospital Foundation is also committed to resolving any complaints and concerns in a timely, fair, and consistent manner.
Why the Crocus
At first glance, a crocus looks like a small, delicate flower, but there’s so much more to it than that.
The small flower with big meaning.
In Saskatchewan, the crocus is the first sign of life in early spring, often poking through the snow.
Strength. Survival. Confidence.
No other flower can surpass it in resistance to our cold temperatures and harsh winds.
Life under severe conditions.
Known as the light bulb of the garden, the crocus seems to have been created just to brighten up its surroundings with such vibrant colours.
Cheerful. Glad. Generous.
The crocus is open during the day and closed at night to provide the plant with extra protection and longevity.
Enduring. Resilient. Youthful.
This little flower represents everything we stand for and that is why we proudly display the crocus as part of our logo.
A History of Generosity
- A $20-million+ mission to transform surgical care at RUH
- Help build and equip new state-of-the-art operating rooms
- Help create private, bright and comfortable pre- and post-operative areas
- Help put sough-after, cutting-edge equipment and technology in the hands of our surgeons
Ready When You Aren’t Campaign (2019-2020) – $9.6 million
- Supported the development of a Colorectal Health Centre
- Ensured funding for a dedicated four-bed epilepsy monitoring unit
- Funded Community Mental Health Endowment programs and research for patients living with mental illness
- Lecture theatre upgrades to allow medical staff and students to connect and learn with others across the province and around the world
- Supported continuing education for medical professionals
- Supported the purchase of innovative technology and equipment for improved patient care
Great Past Greater Future Campaign (2018–2019) – $10.8 million
- Created a dedicated six-bed Trauma Observation Unit
- Upgraded the technology in the Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Labs
- Funded Community Mental Health Endowment enhancements
- Established 12 new quality improvement and programming initiatives for people living with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy, and more
- Supported the development of a pilot Cardio-Oncology Clinic
- Funded physician and staff professional development, training and research
The GREATE.R. Campaign (2015–18) – $28 million
- Funding to equip and furnish RUH’s new Adult Emergency Department
- Funded the pilot of the Trauma Program
- Supported the upgrade and expansion the Pneumatic Tube System
- Funded the seven-bed Emergency Department Mental Health Assessment Unit
- Funded 30 new Code Blue Carts and monitors
- Supported the development of and costs for the acquisition of the Q-Path System
- Supported software and equipment upgrades to the Interventional Radiology Suite
- Funded an MRI-Compatible Monitor
- Funded the purchase of the O-Arm Imaging System for surgery
- Funded the purchase of “MELODY” the telerobotic ultrasound system
- Funded the purchase of bedside ultrasound equipment
- Upgraded patient and family areas and programs
- Supported professional development for staff, fellowships and research opportunities
Campaign for RUH (2013–15) – $12 million
- Supported purchase of the newest generation of angio biplane
- Funded the pilot of the First Nations and Métis Health Service
- Upgraded patient and family areas and programs
- Supported education and research opportunities
Picture This! Campaign (2012–13) – $5 million
- Created Saskatchewan’s first PET/CT and PotashCorp Molecular Imaging Clinic Research Centre
Every Heart Matters Campaign (2011–12) – $10 million
- Constructed and equipped a world-class cardiac EP facility, the Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation Electrophysiology Lab
Royal Vital Care Campaign (2009–11) – $8 million
- Purchased 104 state-of-the-art vital-sign monitors for adult and child acute care units
The Future in Mind Campaign (2007–09) – $16.2 million
- Supported the construction and equipping of the Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre for Mental Health
- Created the Community Mental Health Endowment, which continues to fund projects that bridge the Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre for Mental Health and community-based agencies
Royal Care Campaign (2002–06) – $15 million
- Recruitment and retention of 15 specialists through Research Chairs, Professorships and Fellowship funding
- Key diagnostic tools including Picture Archive System
- Operating Room, Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and Coronary Care Unit upgrades
- Funding to build the new medical beamline
Priority Equipment Campaign (1996–2001) – $11 million
- Funded the purchase of leading-edge equipment and technology for clinical research and patient care
Kids Care I and II Campaign (1992–95) – $7.3 million
- Supported the creation of Saskatchewan’s first Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units at RUH
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Campaign (1989–91) – $3.8 million
- Purchased Saskatchewan’s first MRI scanner
Priority Equipment Campaign (1983–88) – $7.4 million
- Funded the purchase of new equipment and technology for two RUH expansions
Your Community. Your Health. Help us make a difference.