Manulife Financial donates $500,000 to IWK Health Centre in Halifax

    HALIFAX, April 18 /CNW/ - Manulife Financial announced today it will
donate $500,000 to provide digital echocardiographic imaging equipment for
children requiring cardiac care at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova
    The contribution, announced this morning at the Health Centre, will help
the IWK broaden its care offered across the Maritimes to children with heart
    "This new digital imaging system will significantly improve the diagnosis
and treatment of children with heart disease in Nova Scotia and throughout the
Maritimes," said Paul Rooney, President and CEO of Manulife Canada.
    "Manulife supports many hospital projects across the country and the need
for this technology upgrade is in line with a definite trend we're seeing, as
many hospitals adopt new technology to improve care."
    As part of the donation, the IWK's four-room lab will be named the
Manulife Financial Echocardiographic Lab.
    Manulife's involvement was embraced by members of the IWK Children's
Heart Centre care team, which conducts about 2,500 echocardiograms a year. The
Heart Centre also reviews an additional 1,000 from regional clinics throughout
the Maritimes.
    "We're thrilled to have Manulife on board as the primary contributor of
the Lab. The IWK benefits greatly from the commitment and generosity of major
donors, such as Manulife and we are extremely grateful for their contribution
towards the health of Maritimers," said Dr. John Finley, Chief, IWK Children's
Heart Centre. "Current echocardiography machines use non-digital imaging,
which makes the diagnosis as well as the sharing of information very
challenging. This will assist us greatly."
    "We are committed to giving back to our communities across Canada through
our sponsorship and donations program," added Mr. Rooney. "In Halifax, we are
committed to a significant presence in the city and proud to promote the
health benefits of active living."
    Each year, Manulife makes generous financial donations to charitable
organizations across Canada through its charitable giving programs.

    About the IWK
    The IWK Health Centre provides quality care to women, children, youth and
families in the Maritime provinces and beyond. Services provided by the Health
Centre are delivered through three programs: Children's Health; Mental Health
and Addictions; and Women's and Newborn Health.
    In addition to providing highly specialized (tertiary) care, the IWK also
provides primary care services. The IWK is also engaged in leading-edge
research; works to promote healthy lifestyles for families; and supports
education opportunities for health professionals and other learners.

    About Manulife Financial
    Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group
serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide.
Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John
Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of
financial protection products and wealth management services through its
extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under
management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$414 billion
(US$355 billion) as at December 31, 2006.
    Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE,
and under '0945' on the SEHK.  Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Lesley Gaum, Communications,
IWK Health Centre Foundation, (902) 470-8085; Tom Nunn, Media Relations,
Manulife Financial, (519) 580-9517 (cell on April 18 only)

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