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Media Releases

  • Canadians asked for help in directing future anesthesia research
    October 17, 2018
    A national project is empowering patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers to ask the big questions that will inform future anesthesia research in Canada. The Canadian Anesthesia Research Priority Setting Partnership (CAR-PSP) hopes that input...
  • IWK Health Centre welcomes new president & CEO
    October 9, 2018
    The Board of Directors of the IWK Health Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Krista Jangaard as the health centre’s new president & CEO, effective immediately...
  • IWK first health centre in the Maritimes to receive Baby-Friendly Initiative designation
    October 1, 2018
    The IWK Health Centre has received Baby-Friendly Initiative designation, making it the first health centre in the Maritimes to achieve that status. Baby friendly hospitals have demonstrated that they have policies and care practices that meet the gold standard for mother/ baby care practices related to breastfeeding....
  • IWK doctor first in North America to perform revolutionary surgery
    July 25, 2018
    Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ron El-Hawary is giving youths suffering from adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) a new lease on life. Dr. El-Hawary, Chief Orthopedics at the IWK, is the first, and currently, only doctor to perform the ApiFix procedure in North America...
  • Working with patients and families, IWK proves we are Better Together
    June 20, 2018
    The IWK Health Centre Board of Directors hosted their 2017/18 Annual General Meeting today. The event shone a spotlight on the past year’s accomplishments and provided insight as to what the health centre will focus on in the coming year. The IWK Health Centre’s 2017/18 Report to the Community, Better Together was released during the meeting and can be found at

Media Inquiries

The IWK’s Communications and Public Affairs team is ready to respond to journalist’s inquiries and requests.

The media are asked to contact the IWK’s Communications & Public Affairs team in order to facilitate the following:

  • Interviews with IWK Physicians, researchers and staff
  • Access to the Health Centre
  • Audio recording, videotaping, filming, photography on hospital property.

Our patients’ personal health information is confidential. The IWK is a trusted custodian of personal health information pursuant to Nova Scotia’s Personal Health Information Act (PHIA), with corresponding obligations and responsibilities. The IWK Health Centre and its Communications & Public Affairs team will not confirm or comment publicly on individual cases or provided patient status update or information about whether a patient has been admitted to the IWK Health Centre, without the patient's written consent, or that of their legally authorized substitute decision-maker.


For more information, please review the IWK’s Media Relations Guidelines

Contacting Us

We make every effort to respond quickly to media requests. Call Communications and Public Affairs during regular office hours at 902-470-7086 .For media requests after hours and on weekends, please call 902-470-8888. Switchboard will page the Communications and Public Affairs advisor on call.

Public Accountability

In the spirit of transparency, a number of documents and reports are available to the public. These include:

  • IWK Health Centre Annual Reports
  • Business Plans
  • Quality & Patient Safety
  • Financial Statements
  • Compensation Disclosures

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