The Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation was incorporated in 2001. The Foundation was created because at the time the new Boundary Trails Health Centre was being built there was a Boundary Trails Health Centre Fundraising Committee that had a mandate to raise $1Million dollars to purchase additional equipment for the new hospital that Manitoba Health would not cover. People from the surrounding communities wanted to be a part of the build and help out by donating towards the project. As more and more donations were coming the need to be established as a charitable organization that could issue official tax receipts grew.
Pat Gibson who was a huge advocate and leader working on the building of the Boundary Trails Health Centre reached out to members of the original 8 surrounding communities: Town of Morden, Town of Winkler, RM of Plum Coulee, RM of Thompson, RM of Stanley, RM of Rhineland, RM of Roland and RM of Pembina to create a Board of Directors for the newly created Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation.
The first Board members were: Ivadell Sigurdson, John Kuhl , Mona Livingstone, Frank Schaak, Marilyn Skubovius , Kim Porte, Lynda Oakes, Frank Wiebe and Wilma Garlick.
The mission of the founders was to have Boundary Trails Health Centre provide services closer to home with state of the art equipment and service. It wasn’t long after opening Boundary Trails Health Centre that the Foundation took on the project of adding an MRI centre. The Board took on this amazing feat in such a short amount of time. The members of communities all over the Pembina Valley and beyond stepped up to the plate and donated to make it a reality. Boundary Trails Health Centre proudly offers MRIs 7 days a week in the John & Bonnie Buhler MRI Centre.
Another passion from the very beginning of the BTHC Foundation is the Palliative Care program. Both the Morden and Winkler hospitals had palliative care programs so it was important to carry those on in the new amalgamated hospital. They wanted to make sure there were private palliative care rooms fully equipped to help make the hospital stay as comfortable as possible for patients and families. They started with a plan for 3 rooms and have since increased to 9 dedicated palliative care rooms with two specialized palliative care nurses and a palliative care coordinator to facilitate the program.
To this day the Foundation’s mission to raise funds to facilitate programs, equipment and services that are above and beyond what Manitoba Health can offer. Currently the Boundary Trails Health Centre is a 94-bed acute care regional facility. Services included are Home Care, Public Health, Mental Health, Emergency, Ambulatory Care Clinics, Intensive Care, Observation, Diagnostics, Laboratory, Medical, Surgery, Day Surgery, Obstetrics, Chemotherapy, Dialysis, Rehab/Assess and Rehab Services OT/PT, Speech and Audiology.