Gift Announcement October 2017

Dr. Ronald Stewart makes a $1.3 million pledge to Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation.


(HALIFAX, NS) – October 24, 2017 – Esteemed physician and former minister in the Cabinet of Nova Scotia, Dr. Ronald Stewart, is pledging $1.3 million to the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), in support of the establishment of the Ronald Stewart Symposium in Emergency Medical Services Research and to provide seed funding for a Chair in Emergency Medical Services Research.  This pledge will be paid out over the next ten years.  

"The Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation supports innovative, life-saving medical research taking place at Dalhousie's Faculty of Medicine," says DMRF CEO, Mr. Brian Thompson. "This transformational gift from Dr. Stewart will underscore the impact of our Emergency Health Services program, ensuring we are taking an evidence-based approach to delivering superior emergency care to this region.  That's a win for all Nova Scotians."  

Dr. Ronald Stewart is an accomplished physician, politician, and researcher who studied and worked at Dalhousie’s Medical School.   A leader in health system reform, Dr. Stewart established the highly-recognized current Emergency Health Services system and a major expansion of home care services.  The majority of Dr. Stewart’s gift will be used as seed funding to create a Chair in Emergency Medical Services Research, in an effort to build an endowment of $5 million to fully support a Chair dedicated to research in the field.  

In keeping with this commitment to emergency healthcare excellence is the creation of The Ronald Stewart Symposium in Emergency Medicine Research, a three-day conference that brings together EHS workers for advanced learning, collaboration, and celebration.  This year, the symposium is named Celebration 20-50 and is taking place October 23rd, 24th and 25th at The Cunard Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Celebration 20-50 will provide EHS workers with an opportunity to recognize achievements from the past and present while engaging in knowledge sharing activities.  Notably, Celebration 20-50 pays tribute to two significant EHS anniversaries.  Firstly, the fifty-year anniversary of the “Flying Squad” of Belfast, Ireland, a mobile coronary care team who created a revolutionary emergency healthcare model in 1967 by demonstrating the life-saving effectiveness of fast and efficient response for heart attack victims.  Secondly, the twenty-year anniversary of the refurbishment of Nova Scotia’s Emergency Health Services system. This symposium will be held in Halifax every five years.  

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For more information, please contact:

Christena Copeland
Manager, Communications & Marketing
Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation
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