IWK Strong

Annual Report 2020/21

It scarcely seems possible that another year has passed, one in which the ongoing global pandemic has dominated many, if not most, aspects of our lives. Initial adaptations IWK Health made to respond to the pandemic such as reorganizing service delivery to prepare for COVID patients, standing up testing and assessment centres, reducing services, defining new COVID services and moving to virtual platforms have transformed over time to balancing our role in health system capacity for COVID-19 service delivery with the maintenance of safe, accessible core services for women, children and families.

It has taken the work of people from across our organization and partners from the Department of Health and Wellness, Nova Scotia Health, Dalhousie University and our community to adapt to the changes required and step into the challenge. I am proud of the teams at the IWK for their contributions and for always using the best evidence available in a changing landscape to make decisions, chart a course and change directions as needed.

At the centre of everything is our purpose: providing necessary high quality, safe care to women, children and families; researching and innovating to create new knowledge; supporting and collaborating with partners while being responsible for managing wisely and carefully. The way in which we approach these important responsibilities has served us, our patients and the community well as we faced the unexpected and extraordinary events surrounding the pandemic. It is with this collective strength we will face the future and continue to succeed. IWK Strong — true to who we are!

Ron Smith, Chair
Board of Directors
Dr. Krista Jangaard
President & CEO
Report of the President & CEOReport of the President & CEO

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive.

You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain.

When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.

That’s what this storm’s all about.”

— Haruki Murakami
COVID-19 Tests
COVID-19 Vaccinations
Door Screening Hours
Virtual Appointments
Babies Delivered
Emergency Visits
LifeFlight Transfers
Pediatric Surgeries
Women/Adult Surgeries
Ambulatory/Outpatient Clinic Visits
Acute Inpatient Admissions


  • Government funding for operations ($268,273,000)
  • Capital grants ($25,582,000)
  • Research & innovation ($6,426,000)
  • Other revenue & recoveries ($15,268,000)


  • Compensation ($211,963,000)
  • Maintenance & building ($21,872,000)
  • Medical & surgical supplies ($14,466,000)
  • Research & innovation ($12,220,000)
  • Drugs ($5,558,000)
  • Other ($34,535,000)
Management Discussion & AnalysisManagement Discussion & Analysis Financial StatementsFinancial Statements