Doctor and nurse attribute success to hospital
The late Dr. Jack Haver had a great reason for donating $250,000 to Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation on his late wife’s behalf.
“We’ve always believed in doing something for people who helped us. There were many at Saskatoon City Hospital who did.”
Jack partially trained at Saskatoon City Hospital while Pat Haver graduated from its School of Nursing. “We’re so grateful because the hospital was a big part of our success,” he told the Foundation in 2015.
The couple met in high school. After graduation, Pat went to nursing school while Jack got his BA and applied for the College of Medicine. “It was 1945 and I couldn’t get in because spots were reserved for soldiers returning from World War II.”
Jack became a teacher instead and then a grain seller. The couple lived in Tisdale, North Battleford and North Dakota while their family grew to six. His life-long dream came true when he applied to medicine again, in 1955, and was accepted.
Jack graduated in 1960 and accepted a six-month, temporary position in Wynyard. The family loved it there – Jack and Pat remained in the community until he retired in 1997.
While becoming both grandparents and great grandparents 10 times, they enjoyed traveling, especially cruises. They were fortunate to see every continent.
Other than missing his wife and partner of 70 years, Jack had no regrets. “I’d do it all over again.”
In touching tribute, Jack directed the $250,000 to the Breast Health Centre, specifically for purchase of a 3D mammography unit. Because Pat had a breast removed due to cancer Jack was happy to help others facing breast health concerns. Dr. Haver passed away in January, 2017.
Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation thanks Jack, Pat and the Haver family for their generous donation.