Royal University Hospital Foundation’s GREATE.R. Campaign raises record $28 million for trauma, emergency and critical care at RUH

June 20, 2018

Donor support over 35 years for patient care, research and education at Royal University Hospital reaches $130 million

SASKATOON (June 20, 2018) – Saskatchewan residents stretched their generosity to a record level during Royal University Hospital Foundation’s 2015–2018 GREATE.R. Campaign in support of trauma, emergency and critical care at RUH. A total of $28 million from 4,625 individual family, business and corporate donors from across the province was raised during the Foundation’s most ambitious fundraising campaign in its 35-year history. This total surpassed the campaign goal by $8 million or 40 per cent.

“Royal University Hospital Foundation is extremely humbled by the generosity and confidence bestowed on the Foundation and Royal University Hospital by our donors,” said Arla Gustafson, CEO, RUH Foundation, during a celebration attended by donors, grateful patients, physicians, nurses and other staff at RUH. “The impact of this support has and will continue to generate faster response times, create stronger teams, and purchase newer equipment that not only benefits patients and staff today but also for decades to come.”

Since its inception in 1983, the Foundation has raised and invested more than $130 million to support transformational patient care and enhanced research and training opportunities for physicians and staff members at RUH. This cumulative total is the largest made by any hospital foundation to one hospital in the province.

The generosity of donors throughout the years has helped to save countless lives. Chris Pointer is one such grateful patient. He was on his way to his mother’s workplace to wish her Happy Birthday. He didn’t make it. The motorcycle he was riding hit a patch of gravel, the back tire caught the curb, he was ejected, and his body slammed heavily into a street sign.

Chris arrived at RUH in life-threatening condition, was resuscitated many times during seven hours of emergency surgery. He spent a month in ICU in a medically induced coma, followed buy more months on the ward. Ten years later, Chris continues receiving follow-up care at RUH.

Chris’s wife, Amanda Taylor, said their family is forever grateful for the care provided at RUH.

“Chris is alive today thanks to the skill, care and compassion provided by everyone at Royal University Hospital, including support of donors who have given so generously to the Foundation,” said Amanda. “It is because of you that we can celebrate each day together and participate in special occasions with family and friends.”

Royal University Hospital has been a leader in advancing healthcare excellence in the province, in a huge part thanks to donor support through the Foundation.

Saskatchewan’s first MRI in 1991, and the first and still only PET/CT scanner in Saskatchewan in the Nutrien Molecular Imaging Centre in 2013, building and equipping of a world-class electrophysiology Lab in 2012, the 65-bed inpatient Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre for Mental Health in 2010, and the creation of Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health, a first in Canada.

As a result of The GREATE.R. Campaign, more than $15.9 million has already been invested and is impacting patient care at Royal University Hospital including:

  • a new seven-bed Emergency Mental Health Assessment Unit,
  • the pilot of a dedicated trauma program for RUH’s Emergency Department that now responds to the 1,000-plus traumas that arrive at Saskatchewan’s provincial Trauma Centre.
  • the next-generation mobile O-arm Imaging System giving surgeons an unprecedented 3-D look of patients’ anatomy and the results of procedures in real-time right in the operating room,
  • purchase of 30 new Code Blue carts and training for critical incidents,
  • upgrading and expanding the pneumatic tube system throughout the hospital for laboratory specimens, blood and pharmacy,
  • supporting remote presence technology for ultrasound in the north,
  • providing the newest technology upgrade for the interventional radiology suite,
  • support for 989 staff and physicians in enhancing their skills and in introducing new and innovative clinical practices through 6 Fellowships, 51 scholarships and professional development funding.

Commitments for future funding from The GREATE.R Campaign include $5 million for Royal University Hospital’s new Adult Emergency Department currently under construction and to open in late 2019 and over $685,000 in funding for the current Emergency Department and other units.

For more information about Royal University Hospital Foundation and to view a copy of its 2017–2018 Annual Report that includes highlights of The GREATE.R. Campaign, please visit or call 306.655.1984.

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(Editors: For more information, please contact Arla Gustafson, RUH Foundation CEO at 306.655.1984 or email

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