Year-over-year increase of $59,000; raised through tournament proceeds and fundraising efforts www.manulifeclassic.ca@ManulifeClassic #MFLPGAC WATERLOO, ON, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - As the official charity partner of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation received an increased total donation of $309,000 in 2013, raised through tournament proceeds and fundraising efforts. The funds will support the hospital's innovative volunteer programs, arrhythmia program, in addition to continuing to raise awareness about the importance of women's heart health. "St. Mary's does wonders for the region in terms of heart health education and treatment, community engagement and volunteerism," said Marianne Harrison, President & CEO, Manulife Canada. "The increased donation will certainly have a lasting impact on the hospital and its programs for years to come." The increased donation was attributed to new and more successful fundraising efforts by all stakeholders. "Manulife Financial has been a vital partner in enabling St. Mary's to become one of the province's pre-eminent providers of cardiac care, while providing us the unique opportunity to enhance our volunteer program," said Peter Sweeney, President, St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation. "We're thrilled that they have continued to invest in the heart health of our community and the hundreds of volunteers who help us deliver our promise every day." Since St. Mary's General Hospital first began providing cardiac care in 2001, Manulife Financial has been one of the Regional Cardiac Care Centre's key philanthropic partners, contributing nearly $3 million to support patient care. Heart Health and Cardiac Excellence St. Mary's and Manulife Financial's charitable partnership is a meaningful collaboration in the promotion of heart health and patient care. St. Mary's is proud to be the Regional Cardiac Care Centre for Waterloo Wellington with a highly specialized program that is committed to ensuring patients in the region have the best health care possible. The cardiac program is comprised of an expert, interdisciplinary health care team that provides a full range of cardiac services with compassion, respect, and a commitment to excellence.