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Our History

Moments of Celebration in Grand River Hospital Foundation’s History
1995
  • Freeport Hospital Foundation and Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital Foundation merged to become Grand River Hospital Foundation
1996
  • Campaign K-W launched with a goal of "Shaping our Health Care". The campaign raised $20 million.
1997
  • The new Hallman Lobby at the K-W Site was officially opened supported with a gift from Lyle S. Hallman Family.
2000
  • The historical One Voice One Vision Campaign launched by the Foundations of Grand River Hospital, St. Mary's General Hospital, and Cambridge Memorial Hospital. With a goal to "transform health care in Waterloo Region", it raised over $43 million.
2002
  • The Lyle and Wendy Hallman MRI Suite was celebrated - the first MRI in Waterloo Region.
2003
  • Grand River Regional Cancer Centre officially opened in September - funded in part by the One Voice, One Vision joint hospitals campaign. The building was named after lead donor, the Balsillie Family, in recognition of their $5 million gift.
  • A new and expanded Emergency Department at the KW site opened.
  • With funding from Campaign K-W, the hospital celebrated the opening of a 6,500 sq. ft. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
2004
  • The new Childbirth Unit, built with funding from Campaign KW opened.
  • Campaign K-W Chair Marjorie Carroll was honoured through the naming of the Childbirth Unit.
  • Architects of Care campaign launched to raise funds for a number of patient care redevelopment projects at Grand River Hospital.
  • The Grand River Motorcycle Ride for Dad, held its first local annual ride. The event has gone on to raise over $1 million locally for prostate cancer research.
2008
  • A new Inpatient Oncology Unit was opened. Harold and Annette Simmons were recognized for their generosity to the unit.
  • The opening of a new Brachytherapy Service to provide an additional treatment option to oncology patients was celebrated.
  • The Foundation held its first annual Grand Experience (the Back to the Future Experience) at Victoria Star Motors in Kitchener.
  • A cycling tradition began with an annual fundraising ride in support of cancer care at GRH. Ride with Lance was followed by Ride for Cancer and in 2014, The Grand Ride.
  • Honouring donors who have included Grand River Hospital Foundation in their will, GRHF held its first annual Legacy Luncheon.
2010
  • With pride, the Hospital opened the impressive new Intensive Care Unit. Donors honoured at this grand opening included the Huber Family as well as Home Hardware Stores Ltd.
  • Care providers, elected officials, donors, patients and families celebrated the completion of the new 50 bed Specialized Mental Health Unit at Freeport.
2011
  • Donors continued to celebrate with us as our Medical/Day Surgery unit, and Atrium opened. The “Fred and Ruth Stork” Atrium.
  • A celebration of the larger, brighter and more private spaces in the renovated inpatient psychiatric adult and children units at the KW Site was held.
2012
  • Honouring donors who have given more than 20 years, the Foundation held its first annual Loyalty Luncheon.
2013
  • $1.5 million was raised by our generous community of donors for a new state-of-the-art Interventional Radiology Unit in Medical Imaging.
  • In honour of her late husband, renowned photographer, Charles Belair, Keiko Belair supported cancer care at GRH. The CT Simulator Suite in the cancer centre was named in the family’s honour.
  • In recognition of GRH Radiologist, Dr. Eugene Rafferty, The Kavelman-Fonn Foundation supported women in our community with a gift to the Waterloo Wellington Breast Centre.
  • Reuben and Joyce Halpern believed in the importance of giving back to their community. Through the Estates, a bequest was made to GRH Foundation. The Hospital named the Fracture Clinic in honour of their generosity.