Halifax - Manulife Financial announced today it will donate $500,000 to provide digital echocardiographic imaging equipment for children requiring cardiac care at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The contribution, announced this morning at the Health Centre, will help the IWK broaden its care offered across the Maritimes to children with heart problems.
“This new digital imaging system will significantly improve the diagnosis and treatment of children with heart disease in Nova Scotia and throughout the Maritimes,” said Paul Rooney, President and CEO of Manulife Canada.
“Manulife supports many hospital projects across the country and the need for this technology upgrade is in line with a definite trend we’re seeing, as many hospitals adopt new technology to improve care.”
As part of the donation, the IWK’s four-room lab will be named the Manulife Financial Echocardiographic Lab.
Manulife’s involvement was embraced by members of the IWK Children’s Heart Centre care team, which conducts about 2,500 echocardiograms a year. The Heart Centre also reviews an additional 1,000 from regional clinics throughout the Maritimes.
“We’re thrilled to have Manulife on board as the primary contributor of the Lab. The IWK benefits greatly from the commitment and generosity of major donors, such as Manulife and we are extremely grateful for their contribution towards the health of Maritimers,” said Dr. John Finley, Chief, IWK Children’s Heart Centre. "Current echocardiography machines use non-digital imaging, which makes the diagnosis as well as the sharing of information very challenging. This will assist us greatly."
“We are committed to giving back to our communities across Canada through our sponsorship and donations program,” added Mr. Rooney. “In Halifax, we are committed to a significant presence in the city and proud to promote the health benefits of active living.”
Each year, Manulife makes generous financial donations to charitable organizations across Canada through its charitable giving programs.
About the IWK
The IWK Health Centre provides quality care to women, children, youth and families in the Maritime provinces and beyond. Services provided by the Health Centre are delivered through three programs: Children's Health; Mental Health and Addictions; and Women's and Newborn Health.
In addition to providing highly specialized (tertiary) care, the IWK also provides primary care services. The IWK is also engaged in leading-edge research; works to promote healthy lifestyles for families; and supports education opportunities for health professionals and other learners.
About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$414 billion (US$355 billion) as at December 31, 2006.
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘0945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.
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