Why Donate

Why Give

Every dollar you give to Health Sciences North (HSN) Foundation helps support patients from across our region who rely on care at HSN. Your gift helps change and save lives in northern Ontario.

By donating to HSN Foundation, you are supporting excellence in patient care, the education of tomorrow’s doctors, research on health issues that are prevalent in the North and much more.

You can designate your donation to a specific area or department, or you can help fund the highest priority needs of HSN.

How your donations help

Fund New MRI Technology

Every year, approximately 13,000 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests are performed at Health Sciences North (HSN) to support the treatment of 600,000 residents in Northeastern Ontario. The average wait time for an MRI scan at HSN is 66 days, which is over three times higher than the provincial target of 28 days.

Currently, the single MRI at HSN that operates 24/7 is nearing its 10-year lifespan and needs replacing. In addition to replacing this existing MRI, there is a need for a second MRI.

It will also:
  • provide enhanced patient-centred care by significantly shortening wait times
  • operate more accessible hours
  • provide a backup unit in the event of equipment failure
  • reduce travel burden and costs for patients
  • improve diagnosis and treatment
  • repatriate cardiac care closer to home

As a regional leader and the only acute teaching facility in the Northeast, it is vital that HSN be equipped to provide sufficient Medical Imaging capacity to support its unique and specialty services role, including Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, Cardiology and Oncology.

How you can help

Your support is critical in our ability to purchase new MRIs for better patient care. Your donation will help purchase new MRI equipment needed at HSN to ensure that patients have access to advanced medical equipment to diagnosis disease or injury, and monitor how well patients are doing with treatments.

Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI)

Health Sciences North Foundation is proud to support the Health Sciences North Research Institute, HSN’s research organization. Through its research, HSNRI is committed to meeting the needs of patients and their hopes for earlier detection, prevention and more effective treatments and cures for significant health conditions affecting patients and their families in northern Ontario.

By supporting research today, you can save a life tomorrow.

Equipment and Technology

Up-to-date equipment is vital to offering excellent patient care. Unfortunately, government funding alone can’t meet all of HSN’s equipment needs. But with the help of friends like you, we can purchase essential equipment and continue to provide you and your loved ones with the best health care services possible – right here in the North.

Our Donors

Recognition Opportunities

In honour of your commitment to excellence in patient care, teaching and research at HSN, we are pleased to offer you special recognition opportunities at various levels of giving. Donors who have given donations of $5,000 or more are listed on the Wall of Honour outside Health Sciences North Foundation office, based on the following categories:

  • Associate – $5,000+
  • Sponsor – $10,000+
  • Benefactor – $25,000+
  • Patron – $50,000+
  • Founder – $100,000+
  • Pacesetter – $250,000+
  • Leader – $500,000+
  • Pillar – $1,000,000+

*Please note: gifts of $1,000 – $4,999 made before April 01, 2013 will be honored and shown on the Donor Wall.

Cumulative gifts of $5,000 or more that are made in memory of an individual are also listed on the Wall of Honour. Naming opportunities are available for donations of $50,000 or more.

For more information about recognition and benefits, please call (705) 523-7130.


If you would like to volunteer with Health Sciences North Foundation, please complete this application form and return it to Health Sciences North Foundation. Our success relies on the support of volunteers!

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