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By June 20, 2024News

Photo from left to right: Karen McCarthy, Tina Moreira, Mike Friesen, Barney Ellis-Perry, Janice Krall, Jane Marriott and Bryan Quaife.

As many of you know, in 2020, the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation (NDHF) launched its largest fundraising campaign to date to replace the eight-bed ICU, which was then rated the worst in Canada. Through incredible corporate and individual gifts and record-breaking annual giving programs, the community came together and exceeded the $5 million target to fund all the state-of-the-art critical care equipment required for the new ICU.

The new ICU opened in June 2023 and is routinely operating at full capacity.

With fundraising for the first phase of the critical care expansion completed, the Foundation initiated a campaign to raise the $5 million needed for the equipment required to complete the second phase of the Critical Care expansion: the High Acuity Unit. Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our community and a transformational gift from the Windsor Plywood Foundation, we have almost achieved this goal. We are excited to share that the HAU is on track for expected completion by summer 2025, ensuring that our community has access to the highest standard of care. Together, we are transforming healthcare and enhancing the well-being of all Central and North Island residents.

In early 2024, we got our first glimpse of the High Acuity Unit, second phase of the Critical Care Expansion at NRGH.

The Windsor Plywood Foundation’s record $3 million gift for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s (NRGH) new Critical Care expansion makes an immeasurable and lasting impact on healthcare for Central and North Island residents.

The gift builds on more than 30 years of philanthropy in our community by Windsor Plywood founders Randle and Frances Jones. Cathy Brown, Executive Director of Windsor Plywood Foundation, shared, “This donation is particularly meaningful to the Windsor family as it helps honour my father, who recently passed away. Throughout his lifetime, he made it a priority to give back to the communities where his customers lived and worked… We are delighted to be able to contribute to this important and much-needed Critical Care addition.”

Read the full article: Windsor Plywood Foundation Makes Largest Gift in Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation’s History.