St. Boniface Hospital Foundation

Karen Fowler

President and CEO

Karen Fowler, the President and CEO of St. Boniface Hospital Foundation, discusses the upcoming Rosé Soirée event, which will raise funds and awareness for women’s heart health research. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in Canada, and Manitoba is currently the only province without a dedicated women’s heart health research program. The event, set in the enchanting backdrop of St. Boniface Cathedral Bruins, will feature top local chefs and wineries, as well as surprises for attendees. The funds raised will help the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation attract and retain game-changing researchers and clinicians who can make an impact on women’s heart health.

St. Boniface Hospital Foundation is to address the lack of a women’s heart health research program. President and CEO Karen Fowler highlighted that although women comprise half of the population in Canada, they are not equally represented in cardiac research. Heart disease is actually the number one killer of women in the country, claiming more lives than cancer, including breast cancer. This is why more research on women’s heart health is necessary.

Women can experience heart diseases that men never undergo, which means that it is crucial to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for women with heart diseases. St. Boniface Hospital Research has ranked among the top five hospitals for research in Canada.

An event titled Rosé Soirée  will be held on the 13th of September, and funds raised will be devoted to women’s heart health research. Fowler referred to the event as “an evening of elegance and glamor.” Last year’s event sold out, and interested parties can purchase tickets online beginning in June.

Heart disease is a widespread problem that has specific manifestations in women, which necessitates more research tailored towards treating and managing the disease in women. Despite women’s significant population numbers, research into women’s heart health has historically not received the attention it deserves. That is why St. Boniface Hospital is trying to address the research deficiency in heart disease by endeavoring to attract researchers specifically focused on women’s heart health.

Heart disease research requires funding to be able to advance, which is why events such as Rosé Soirée are a great way of raising funds devoted to research. With more funding, researchers can conduct in-depth studies into the differences between male and female patients and develop tailored treatments to improve women’s outcomes with heart disease.

The Rosé Soirée event will attract people who hope to help the hospital fund research into women’s heart health. It has become one of the most significant events on the hospital’s social calendar, with people coming together to improve the state of heart disease research and ultimately save lives.

St. Boniface Hospital is taking the monumental task of addressing women’s heart health research head-on. The hospital’s management team recognizes the deficiencies in current research efforts as it relates to women’s heart health, and with the Rosé Soirée event and other initiatives, the hospital is determined to change that. As more people become aware of the need for women’s heart health research, this will only fuel funding for further research efforts. The ultimate goal is to empower healthcare providers with the knowledge and tools required to optimize health outcomes for women with heart disease.