The Foundation

Since 1990 St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation and its donors have been able to enhance quality health care in our community Hospital.  Its number one priority: building better health care. The Foundation funds ground-breaking education, cutting-edge research, and updated medical equipment.  The Foundation ensures your donations are wisely used to support these initiatives.


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Mission: Committed to ensuring our hospital has the resources that support quality health and medical care.

Vision: Inspiring generosity in support of education, research and equipment that sustain the delivery of health care.


The Foundation has four main values in which it strives to achieve:

Leadership – caring and innovative volunteers dedicated to growing the Foundation

Accountability – committed to targeted growth and wise investments in efficiently and effectively utilizing each donor dollar.

Integrity – committed to the highest levels of honesty and trust within volunteers, donors and our health care community.

Teamwork – the board is committed to collective achievement of our vision and mission.


Key Dates in the History of St. Martha’s Regional Hospital

1906 Six-bed cottage hospital opens
1911 Harris House is purchased and the hospital expands to 20 beds. The hospital is now on the grounds of its permanent home
1926 A 100-bed “state-of-the-art” brick hospital opens. St. Martha’s School of Nursing becomes affiliated with the St. Francis Xavier      University permitting nursing students to obtain their Bachelor of Science Degree.
1932 The province’s Department of Health builds a 50-bed unit as an annex to combat TB
1951 The new hospital wing was opened, bringing the bed capacity to 203.
1957 The Department of Health closes the TB unit.
1989 A new 175-bed building is built using funds raised through private fundraising efforts and government funds. The old hospital is demolished.
1990 The hospital restructures to house 75 beds as a result of cutbacks in government funding and a change in the way hospital services are delivered.
1996 The Eastern Regional Health Board assumes responsibility of the facility from the Sisters of St. Martha. A Mission Assurance Agreement is signed by the Sisters of St. Martha, the Eastern Regional Health Board and the Department of Health, ensuring the Catholic identity of St. Martha’s Regional Hospital.
2001 The Eastern Regional Health Board is dissolved and district health authorities are formed. The Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority assumes responsibility for the administration of the hospital.