“This hospital is a monument which will draw comment when the province celebrates its 100th Anniversary that the people of Saskatchewan, in 1955, built better than they knew.”
– Premier Tommy Douglas, Father of Medicare
Saskatchewan was celebrating its 50th anniversary in 1955 when Premier Tommy Douglas stood on the threshold of the new University Hospital and dedicated its walls to the health and well-being of everyone in our province.
It took eight years to construct the hospital, at a cost of $13 million, using more than 14,000 tonnes of local fieldstone. From the outset, RUH has been an inseparable partner of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine, fostering an intellectual environment in which patient care is strengthened daily through the application of medical research and the pursuit of knowledge.
The “Royal” designation was conferred in 1990 by Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn on the wishes of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Milestones of Care
Royal University Hospital is a 455-bed, acute-care facility operated by the Saskatoon Health Region, and serves as the medical centre of excellence for central and northern communities. As the province’s primary trauma and acute care hospital, RUH touches the lives of everyone in Saskatchewan:
- 42,037 adult emergency visits between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015
- 5,556 adult surgeries performed between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015
- 5,500 babies born between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015
- Nearly 40 percent of patients admitted reside outside the Saskatoon area
- 1978: $40 million expansion
- 1988: $28 million expansion
- 2010: $23 million Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre for Mental Health opened its doors
- 2016: RUH celebrates 60 Years of Caring
- Future: Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan will open in 2019–2020
Royal University Hospital Personnel Association (RUHPA)
RUH staff and affiliates have an opportunity to be a part of an exceptional personnel association established specifically for them. Members participate in social events, build camaraderie, and support initiatives at RUH. For more information on RUHPA and a membership brochure, please click here.
Commemorating a Co-Worker
“A Day in December” by Hans Herold depicts Royal University Hospital amidst a quiet winter day. The “1955 Building” of RUH stands majestically before a pink and pearly blue sky with bare trees spread across the foreground. Perfect for that special co-worker at RUH, limited prints are available as a Thank You to retiring employees and volunteers.
The idea of having a permanent place at Royal University Hospital to remember co-workers and volunteers who have passed away originated in 2012 with the passing of Warren Chykowski from the Respiratory Therapy Department. His friends and co-workers asked the RUH Foundation for ideas on what might be done within our Hospital to honour a life well lived and the impact he had on patient care. The Memory Tree provides a visual place in the Royal Gardens that lives on and tells a story of the caring and compassionate people who, through their work and life, contributed to the legacy of Royal University Hospital. To purchase a leaf to commemorate a co-worker, please print and complete a request form.
For more information on obtaining either a Hans Herold print or a Memory Tree leaf to commemorate a co-worker, please contact RUH Foundation at 306.655.1984 or visit the office at Room 1626 near the old main entrance.
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