It is the vision of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation to create the very best women’s hospital in Canada at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, and the partnership that has been established with the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute is critical to this vision.
Over ten years ago the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation was asked to consider the idea of a partnership in the creation of an institute that would bring together the academic researchers at the University of Alberta and the clinical researchers at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Stollery Children’s Hospital.
Our Board of Directors at that time knew that to build the best women’s hospital in Canada, research must be a strong component of our mission. Donors responded exactly as we had hoped to the decision -- supporting the Lois Hole Hospital for Women in its work as a research-integrated institution.
Research today means improved health practices tomorrow.
Research today also addresses the glaring disparities that have existed for generations, in the treatment protocols for women.
Through research, we are beginning to understand that there are significant differences in how men and women experience health conditions, including the prevalence of diseases, their causes, severity, and treatment.
For generations, issues like incontinence, pelvic floor pain, depression, and even female reproductive cancers were health issues for which it was expected women would suffer in silence.
Women’s hospitals no longer accept this.
The Lois Hole Hospital for Women does not accept that major pharmaceutical trials -- exclusively using male patients -- should then be modified for women simply by their weight and height.
It’s hard to believe that, not too long ago, these results were considered ‘good enough’ for our female patients. Good enough for our mothers. Our sisters. Our daughters.
Donor support ten years ago provided an initial investment of $11 million to WCHRI, which resulted in the awarding of 175 research grants and the creation of three Endowed Research Chairs making significant inroads in the areas of ovarian cancer, perinatal health, and in mature women’s health.
Ten years later continued donor support for the role of research in women’s health has paved the way for an additional $14.5 million dollars, and a resounding commitment to the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute by the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation from 2016-2025.
To our Donors thank you, for helping to drive forward a healthier future for women of all ages and in all stages of life.