The Intensive Care Unit at the Winnipeg General Hospital (now Health Sciences Centre) was officially opened on 23 September 1966 and was considered to be one of the most advanced and modern Intensive Care Units in the world. In addition to the Medical Intensive Care Unit/Coronary Care Unit, there are now several specialized intensive care units at HSC, including Surgical Intensive Care, Intermediate Intensive Care, Pediatric Intensive Care, and Neonatal Intensive Care.

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the first critical care unit on H7, this exhibit draws on textual records, newsletters, photographs, and first-hand accounts to showcase the history of critical care at HSC.

This site has been designed to be interactive. Comments have been enabled throughout the site and on individual photographs – if you have something to add, please let us know! If you are or were involved with the Intensive Care Unit and would like your story added to the site, please contact the Archives at:

This project was funded in part by the generosity of the Nurses’ Alumni and the Nurses’ Alumni Endowment grant.