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January 2024

Thrive Family Health Opens

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Thrive Family Health Opens with Support of $30,000 Forgivable Loan from Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation

NANAIMO, BC – January 23, 2024 –A forgivable loan and grant program has been created to support and encourage the growth of family practice offices in Central and North Island.

Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation (NDHF) has partnered with The Nanaimo Division of Family Practice to offer $30,000 forgivable loans to help fund new family practice operations in the mid-island region.

Barney Ellis-Perry, CEO of NDFH and Beccy Robson, Executive Director or Nanaimo Division of Family Practice attended Thrive Family Health’s opening ceremony and ribbon cutting last week. Thrive Family Health is the first recipient family practice to receive the $30,000 forgivable loan to support the opening of their new facility located in North Nanaimo.

“Without this grant program combined with the Longitudinal Family Physician Payment Model rolled out last year this clinic would not have been possible,” shared Thrive Family Health co-lead Physician Dr Shirin Madjzoub. Dr Madjzoub alongside Dr Diana Ruffell opened the clinic with the mission to “Work with Families to Live Healthy Lives So They and the Community Can Thrive”.

“We need more family practice offices in Nanaimo and the greater Central and North Island communities, and seeing this grant program in practice is an exciting step for us as we aim to support family doctors and remove barriers to help open more practices to meet the growing demand our community has,” shared Beccy Robson, Executive Director or Nanaimo Division of Family Practice.

Thrive Family Health used the $30,000 forgivable loan to fund an examination table, autoclave machine as well as other equipment critical to providing full spectrum family medicine services for the community.

For more information on the forgivable loan and grant programs physicians are encouraged to contact the Nanaimo Division of Family Practice team here.

If you need a primary care provider, you can register for the Health Connect Registry. The Health Connect Registry is working with clinics in Nanaimo and the surrounding area to connect people with a family doctor or nurse practitioner.  You can also register your family members or a person in your care.

2023 Winter Campaign Results

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NANAIMO, BC – January 22, 2024 – Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation (NDHF) is proud to announce the results of its Winter Giving Campaign, achieving a remarkable milestone with over 1,800 generous donors contributing a total of $1,841,935, making this the largest Winter Giving Campaign in the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation’s history.

The Winter Giving Campaign served as a powerful reminder to residents that “Your hospital is there when you need it most. Today, your hospital needs you.” The campaign results underscore
how the community understood the current need for healthcare in Central and North Island and answered that call in record-breaking numbers.

The donations will provide urgently needed equipment at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH), Oceanside Health Centre, and our region’s three long term care facilities, Dufferin Place,
Trillium Lodge and Eagle Park Health Care Facility.

“This phenomenal show of support from our incredible donors, means we can fund equipment on the priority list that the government can’t and take some of the strain off our healthcare workers that are doing their absolute best,” shared NDHF CEO Barney Ellis-Perry.

The list of some of the greatest needed equipment includes:

  • Medical equipment in the new High Acuity Unit.
  • Contributing to the new x-ray suites at the Oceanside Health Centre.
  • Support for the three long-term care facilities in Central Island.
  • Many items on the long list of urgently needed medical equipment throughout NRGH.

“The need is great, so we don’t want to waste any time, we are starting the allocation process immediately. 2024 is full of opportunity and it beckons us all to step up, we have 12 months to
continue making an impact. I’m committed to doing this, and with your continued support we will make incredible progress for healthcare in our community,” said Ellis-Perry.

Entering 2024 Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation has a strategic plan that calls for the Foundation to play a more active role in advocating and allocating funds for better healthcare
delivery for residents North of the Malahat. The list of priorities includes securing commitment of a Cath Lab and eventually a new Patient Tower at NRGH; prioritizing the growing needs of
Oceanside Health Centre and our long-term care facilities; and a new focus on areas of passion for the community including Cancer Care, Mental Health, and Cardiac Care.

“To the over 1,800 donors, every person who donated a gift in kind, contributed to our toy drive, or showed up to help us Light the Trees, we want to thank each and every one of you for showing up for your hospital when it needed you the most. And our immense gratitude to Rocky, Deryck and Austen who shared their personal stories through this campaign and inspired us all.”

About Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation
The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation was founded to support Island Health facilities. Today, we are raising millions to support our region’s healthcare facilities by leading major
fundraising campaigns for critical medical equipment, construction projects and programs that provide the best and highest level of healthcare to the residents in central and north Vancouver
Island. Learn more:

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Andrea Bava
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