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Misericordia General Hospital

  • F2
  • Corporate body
  • 1917-1998

In 1917, Misericordia General Hospital (MGH) was created to serve the growing surgical and health care needs of its surrounding neighbourhoods of Wolseley, River Heights, Crescentwood, and Fort Rouge in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Like its predecessor, Winnipeg Maternity Hospital, MGH was owned and founded by the Misericordia Sisters whose motherhouse was in Montreal. Throughout its existence, The Misericordia Sisters continued to be active in the operations of MGH. Over 45 sisters were involved throughout the 1950s, for example.

In 1917, MGH had 125 beds, fifty bassinets, and fifty medical practitioners. An additional 100 beds were added in 1927. With the addition of the Maryland Wing in 1950, the total number of beds became 305. In 1954, as construction began on the Cornish and Wolseley West additions, a total number of 418 beds and 60 bassinets were accommodated, and a full range of diagnostic services were available.

In 1922, MGH was awarded a Grade “A” facility approval from the Catholic Association of Federated Hospitals and the American College of Surgeons.

In 1971, a new Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit was added in the newly constructed Riverview Annex.

In 1993, Eye Care Centre of Excellence was consolidated and established at MGH, while pediatrics and Inpatient Psychiatry were removed from MGH’s purview, along with the Obstetrics Department in 1997.

In 1998, MGH's emergency room was closed, and it was re-established as the Misericordia Health Centre, which served as an urgent care centre, and houses a diverse range of health-care programs.

Misericordia General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association

  • F4
  • Corporate body
  • 1924-

The Misericordia General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association was established in 1924 just after the first Graduation Ceremonies for the School of Nursing. The School of Nursing was created by the Misericordia Sisters in 1916. Prior to 1924, the first five classes of graduating nurses from 1918, 1920, 1921, 1922 and 1923 did not have graduating exercises. Officers were elected for the Association in June of 1925 and by-laws were approved in June of 1926. In 1997, the Misericordia General Hospital School of Nursing closed and all nursing students became part of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Nursing.
The Alumni Association continues to be active and encourages ongoing collegiality and connection between its members, it hosts an annual dinner in June, sends out newsletters, and assists the Misericordia Foundation in giving out an annual scholarship. The Alumni Association runs the Misericordia Heritage Collection, which actively acquires, preserves, describes, and makes available archival records and historical material related to the School of Nursing and Misericordia General Hospital and related organizations.

Misericordia Health Centre

  • F3
  • Corporate body
  • 1998-

In 1998, to reflect the closure of its emergency room and its change to an urgent-care centre along with continuing to offer diverse health-services, Misericordia General Hospital became The Misericordia Health Centre (MHC).

MHC provides several diverse acute-care programs, such as the Eye Care Centre of Excellence, Community IV Program, Oral Health/ Pediatric Dental, Ambulatory Care, Sleep Disorder Centre, Easy Street rehabilitation program, and others. MHC also offers clinical services, long term care services, and is home to the Provincial Health Contact Centre.

Ownership of MHC was transferred from its founders, the Misericordia Sisters, to the Misericordia Corporation members within the Archdiocese of Winnipeg. In 2004, the last two Misericordia Sisters residing in Winnipeg returned to their Motherhouse in Montreal. A brightly lit cross was added atop MHC to honour their legacy.

Eye Care Centre of Excellence began: PhotoDynamic Therapy in 2002; treatment of wet macular degeneration using Avastin™ injections in 2007 and using Lucentis in 2010; and the provincial Manitoba Retinal Screening Vision Program in 2007. In 2010, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons approved the University of Manitoba Ophthalmology Residency Program. In 2015, Buhler Eye Care Centre was completed.

In 1998, 174 long-term care beds opened, which, in 2008, was reduced to 150.

Wolseley Family Place, a family resource drop-in centre, opened in 1998 and incorporated in 2001.

In 2000, a 100-bed personal care home, Misericordia Place, opened.

In 2008, Sleep Disorder Centre opened in Wolsely 3 East.

In 2017, Urgent Care closed. A Community IV Therapy Program opened.

Funding for services and programs is administered through the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, and charitable donations.

Misericordia Sisters

  • F5
  • Corporate body
  • 1898-2004

In 1898, three Misericordia Sisters (Soeurs de Misericorde) departed their motherhouse in Montreal, and, along with a trained nurse, established a mission in Winnipeg to provide care and instruction for unwed mothers and their babies. They began their work in a small house in St. Boniface, and eventually purchased property on Sherbrook Street and Ida (now Wolsely). From 1900 to 1917, the Misericordia Sisters, founded, funded, and operated the Winnipeg Maternity Hospital located between Sherbrook Street and Maryland Street. In addition, they established a home for single mothers and their children, and an orphanage with 100 children, in St. Norbert. In 1916, they founded a School of Nursing, which was a well respected and faith-based school. In 1917, The Maternity Hospital became the Misericordia General Hospital in response to a growing municipal need for additional medical and surgical services and care. Throughout the Hospital’s history, the Sisters were active leaders and participants. Throughout the 1950s, 45 sisters worked at the hospital. Between 2000 to 20004, two Sisters remained in Winnipeg and lived in the hospital’s personal care home, Misericordia Place, before departing for their motherhouse in Montreal.
A lit cross sits atop Misericordia to honour their legacy. The Misericordia Health Centre continues to follow the legacy of the Sisters, and the faith-based values that led their mission.
Ownership of Misericordia Health Centre was transferred from the Misericordia Sisters to the Misericordia Corporation members within the Archdiocese of Winnipeg.

Winnipeg Maternity Hospital

  • F1
  • Corporate body
  • 1900-1917

The Winnipeg Maternity Hospital was established in 1900 and was owned and operated by The Misericordia Sisters (Soeurs de Misericorde). In 1898, three nuns came from their motherhouse in Montreal, along with a trained nurse, to establish a mission in Winnipeg to care for unwed mothers and their babies. Between 1899 and 1900, funded through private charitable donations and private payment for services, a three-storey wood frame structure was built between Sherbrook Street and Maryland Street to serve as the Winnipeg Maternity Hospital. 1n 1907, a center wing and north wing were added to meet the increased demand for services. In 1917, in response to the growing medical and surgical needs of Winnipeg residents, the Winnipeg Maternity Hospital became Misericordia General Hospital and began to admit men.