2020 Annual Campaign

“I came in a wheelchair. I walked out with pride. There is hope here.”

Those words were left behind on a whiteboard by a former patient. Those simple words wonderfully summarize what the care is all about at Bruyère.

As you get older, you spend more time thinking about that word, hope. We hope we and our loved ones won’t have to face medical issues like broken hips, stroke, or dementia. And hope is what keeps us going when times are tough.

I spent many years working in the community and in acute care hospitals before coming to Bruyère. Acute care hospitals are where you would be rushed to in an emergency, after a stroke, to have hip replacement surgery or to receive cancer care. Those hospitals are critically important in terms of saving lives. But I noticed something over the years. Many patients entering the hospital had multiple medical issues rather than just one. Increasingly, those patients would be admitted to the hospital for urgent or emergency conditions, but that’s not what would keep them in that hospital. They found themselves lacking mobility, lacking balance and strength, or dealing with cognitive issues that left them unable to return home.
That’s what attracted me to take on the position of Chief of Staff at Bruyère. Bruyère fills that critical role between home and a hospital. At Bruyère you learn to walk again after surgery, build your strength and generally regain functional independence so that you can return home. We work with you and your loved ones to keep you living independently, and in your home as long as possible.
Arial view of Élisabeth Buyère Hospital in black and white
If you’ve been around as long as I have, you might remember Bruyère back in the 1960s when it was an acute care hospital. My grandmother’s house was literally right across the street from Bruyère, and I remember the ambulances going up and down the street with their sirens wailing.

With our aging population and the significant increase in the number of Canadians over the age of 65, the work we do at Bruyère has changed over time and is needed now more than ever. And we want to be able to care for Bruyère patients the way you’d want your own family members to be cared for: with dignity, respect, and compassion.

Today, we recognize that seniors in our community want to remain healthy and safe in their own homes. We are focused on giving our patients the care, the knowledge, and the confidence they need to live on their own for as long as possible.

Our mission here at Bruyère has always been to care for the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. We continue to take inspiration in the work of our namesake, Mother Élisabeth Bruyère. She and her fellow Sisters offered loving service to all who knocked at their door. No one was turned away.black and white picture of Elisabeth Bruyère Hospital when it was know as the Ottawa General HospitalWe need the support of people like you to re-imagine and reinvent how and where healthcare is delivered across Ottawa and Canada as a whole.

Healthcare for people like Caroline, who suffered a stroke at only 26 years old. Thanks to the quality of care offered at Bruyère, she is back to work with no serious long-term effects. She has an entire lifetime of opportunities still lying ahead of her.

Healthcare for people like Marion, who suffered a brain bleed, cancer, and a stroke in quick succession. Rehabilitation at Bruyère has enabled her to return home with her husband Ron to spend their golden years together.

Healthcare for people like me and you. Our friends. Our family members. The people we love and cherish. Healthcare for our community.

What does that look like in 2020?

  • Our Day Hospital will continue to be a support if you or a loved one is having difficulty living at home, but isn’t in need of a hospital. We’ll work with you to help maintain your level of function so that you can enjoy a good quality of life at home.
  • Our Seniors Village will benefit from new technology and new approaches that mean the village itself can be adapted to residents’ changing needs. So, instead of having to move from one residence to another around the city as one’s needs change, you’ll be able to live comfortably in one place with services being adapted around you. 
  • Our Memory Program will continue to be at the centre of preventative programs aimed at reducing the impact of dementia, while at the same time working to slow the progress of this devastating diagnosis. 
  • Our Stroke Rehabilitation Program will benefit from new equipment and the latest research so that the complex needs of stroke survivors are addressed.
Encouraging words left on a white board by a patient to the next patient

Your investment in new technology, research, and facilities will build the hospital of the future: a state-of-the-art centre with the most modern tools and equipment possible so our team of experts can provide the highest quality care. These improved facilities will help improve recovery times and foster higher levels of independence for patients. By providing integrated service for those who walk through our doors, we’ll ensure no person falls through the cracks of the healthcare system.

All of us at Bruyère are deeply committed to our patients, their families and you, our donors. We are committed to bringing you the best possible care in a spirit of dignity and compassion. Your financial support ensures we are able to provide quality care to everyone who walks through our doors.


We are determined to continue our leadership in research and teaching, and developing an integrated service model to better address the needs of an aging population. Without your continued support and generosity, we would simply not be able to provide the patient experience that we do. You give us the means to perform cutting-edge research, share critical knowledge, and utilize the most advanced technology and equipment available to treat patients each day.

Thank you so much for enabling us to transform lives for our loved ones.


Dr. Shaun McGuire
Chief of Staff, Bruyère Continuing Care