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St. Elizabeth Visiting Nurses Association document from 1908


Our story begins: Four nurses come together in Toronto to establish Saint Elizabeth Visiting Nurses Association, at the request of the Archbishop. They provide care to the poor, new moms and babies, and others in need.

visiting nurse in Toronto


  • 921 patients; 6894 home visits
sepia photo of group of nurses


  • First Executive Director is hired
  • Service is expanded to the Mississauga area
visiting nurse in Toronto


  • Staff grows to 24 nurses


Group of nurses in 1958


  • Home care is initiated in Ontario
  • 50th anniversary is celebrated with a Diamond Jubilee
nurse with young child sitting on sofa


  • 1,654 patients; 28,713 home visits


  • 2,922 patients; 36,298 home visits
nurse preparing needle


  • Staff help to pioneer the delivery of community-based care for people with HIV/AIDS
  • First wave of ‘computerization’ comes to Saint Elizabeth


Nurse getting into car labeled Saint Elizabeth Visiting Nurses


  • First organization in Canada to deliver chemotherapy in the home
  • First Registered Practical Nurse is hired
Shirlee Sharkey infront of wall with sign that reads Saint Elizabeth Health Care


  • Introduction of supportive care services


  • Name change to Saint Elizabeth Health Care
4 people gathered around a table at the Idea Factory


  • Saint Elizabeth Foundation is incorporated to lead community health care into the 21st century
  • Saint Elizabeth creates an Idea Factory to spur innovation


woman using a laptop in her vehicle


  • Saint Elizabeth achieves its first accreditation from Accreditation Canada; the organization continues to receive external accolades, including most recently, the Canada Order of Excellence (2015).


  • Virtual office opens in Thunder Bay
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Home and Community Care: An integral part of the Trinidad and Tobago's National Oncology Programme


  • Early design and adoption of e-learning programs for remote health care workers


  • Consulting services touch people in every province and territory, and globally in 10 countries
  • Collaborative research unit is established to support our evolving knowledge strategy


nurse with two elderly clients sitting on a porch


  • Saint Elizabeth Foundation creates the Caregiver Support program
nurse with two elderly clients sitting on a porch


  • Virtual WOW Wound Care launches
  • Saint Elizabeth invests $2M to expand virtual health provider education through the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program, now active in over 500 communities and organizations across the country
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  • Designated as a Best Practice Spotlight Organization by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario


  • Named among the 50 Best Employers in Canada


client and patient in rehabilitation with an exercise ball


  • Ahead by a century: Saint Elizabeth celebrates its 100th anniversary
  • Community Rehab is acquired to expand our existing therapy offerings across the five rehab disciplines
nurse with stethoscope listening to heart beat of patient


  • Expansion to British Columbia
  • Staffing Solutions, a full-service medical staffing relief agency, is acquired to support hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities


  • Expansion to Quebec


hallway of My Story installation

The Hope and Happiness movement is born

  • Saint Elizabeth co-sponsors Impact8, a MaRS accelerator for social entrepreneurs
  • Expansion to Alberta, undertaking the management a publicly-funded long-term care facility


nurse administering IV in young patient on a wheelchair

18,000 home visits a day
6.5 million home visits annually

  • Saint Elizabeth invests $1M in hospice and end-of-life care
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  • First class of PSWs graduate from Saint Elizabeth Health Career College in Barrie – one of four campuses across Canada
  • Saint Elizabeth begins managing medical buildings, strengthening relationships with physicians and specialists
  • Together with hospital partners, Saint Elizabeth is selected to implement ‘bundled care’
elizz website homepage - woman kissing her father on the forehead

Launch of Elizz, a new brand dedicated to all things caregiving


nurse administering IV in young patient on a wheelchair

Leadership Edge builds strength for growth

  • PPATH program with Trillium reduces hospital length of stay and re-hospitalization rates
  • Launch of Journey Home Hospice with Inner City Health Associates and Hospice Toronto
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Elizz surpassed 3 million caregiver connections


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  • SE Global partners with Royale Home Health in Kuwait
  • Launch of SE Futures - Co-creating a future where Canadians age with health, vitality and dignity
  • In our 110th year of providing quality care and impacting how people live and age at home, we are updating our look with the launch of a new logo