Our Journey

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1908-1957

St. Elizabeth Visiting Nurses Association document from 1908 St. Elizabeth Visiting Nurses Association document from 1908

1908

Our story begins: Four nurses come together in Toronto to establish Saint Elizabeth Visiting Nurses Association, at the request of the Archbishop. They provide care to the poor, new moms and babies, and others in need.

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1911

  • 921 patients; 6894 home visits
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1926

  • First Executive Director is hired
  • Service is expanded to the Mississauga area
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1957

  • Staff grows to 24 nurses
 

1958-1984

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1958

  • Home care is initiated in Ontario
  • 50th anniversary is celebrated with a Diamond Jubilee
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1962

  • 1,654 patients; 28,713 home visits

1970

  • 2,922 patients; 36,298 home visits
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1984

  • Staff help to pioneer the delivery of community-based care for people with HIV/AIDS
  • First wave of ‘computerization’ comes to Saint Elizabeth

1991-1997

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1991

  • First organization in Canada to deliver chemotherapy in the home
  • First Registered Practical Nurse is hired
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1993

  • Introduction of supportive care services

1995

  • Name change to Saint Elizabeth Health Care
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1997

  • Saint Elizabeth Foundation is incorporated to lead community health care into the 21st century
  • Saint Elizabeth creates an Idea Factory to spur innovation

1998-2002

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1998

  • Saint Elizabeth achieves its first accreditation from Accreditation Canada; the organization continues to receive external accolades, including most recently, the Canada Order of Excellence (2015).

1999

  • Virtual office opens in Thunder Bay
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2000

  • Early design and adoption of e-learning programs for remote health care workers

2002

  • Consulting services touch people in every province and territory, and globally in 10 countries
  • Collaborative research unit is established to support our evolving knowledge strategy

2003-2007

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2003

  • Saint Elizabeth Foundation creates the Caregiver Support program
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2005

  • Virtual WOW Wound Care launches
  • Saint Elizabeth invests $2M to expand virtual health provider education through the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program, now active in over 500 communities and organizations across the country
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2006

  • Designated as a Best Practice Spotlight Organization by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario

2007

  • Named among the 50 Best Employers in Canada

2008-2012

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2008

  • Ahead by a century: Saint Elizabeth celebrates its 100th anniversary
  • Community Rehab is acquired to expand our existing therapy offerings across the five rehab disciplines
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2011

  • Expansion to British Columbia
  • Staffing Solutions, a full-service medical staffing relief agency, is acquired to support hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities

2012

  • Expansion to Quebec

2014

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The Hope and Happiness movement is born

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Saint Elizabeth acquires Tyze Personal Networks, an online platform that helps people care for others

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  • Saint Elizabeth co-sponsors Impact8, a MaRS accelerator for social entrepreneurs
  • Expansion to Alberta , undertaking the management a publicly- funded long-term care facility
  • Expansion continues into the Maritimes

2015

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18,000 home visits a day
6.5 million home visits annually

  • Saint Elizabeth invests $1M in hospice and end-of-life care
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  • First class of PSWs graduate from Saint Elizabeth Health Career College in Barrie – one of four campuses across Canada
  • Saint Elizabeth begins managing medical buildings, strengthening relationships with physicians and specialists
  • Together with hospital partners, Saint Elizabeth is selected to implement ‘bundled care’
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Launch of Elizz, a new brand dedicated to all things caregiving


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