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Quilt Donation

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The Parksville Quilt House Quilters Guild is such an amazing group! They regularly donate beautiful quilts to our hospital through the foundation. Their last donation of 24 quilts are being gratefully distributed between the NICU, cancer and renal dialysis patients.

Scrub Cap Donation

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Thank you so much to the Morning Star Golf Club Gals, Dorothy, Carol, Mary and Sue for your thoughtfulness during these challenging times! Your special delivery of 85 handmade scrub caps for our Healthcare Heroes is so greatly appreciated. Photo: Dorothy Lupul

ICU Breaks Ground

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People in Nanaimo will soon have a modern intensive care unit (ICU) at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH), with construction now underway.

“This past year has demonstrated how crucial it is to invest in and maintain a strong public health-care system,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “The need for a new ICU for the people of Nanaimo was clear, and I’m proud that our government responded with both a technological upgrade and an expansion in size.”

The new ICU will be three times the current unit’s size and will include improvements such as 12 larger single-patient rooms, ceiling mounted service booms and overhead patient lifts, a medication room, a family consult room, and a staff break room and rest area.

It will also include a space for a high-acuity unit, a transitional place where critical-care patients need less monitoring than in the ICU.

“This new and expanded ICU is wonderful news for the people of Nanaimo and surrounding area,” said Sheila Malcolmson, MLA for Nanaimo. “The community has been advocating for a new ICU for years, and I am proud to be part of the government that is delivering the services they so need.”

The current 10-bed ICU, built in 1970, is outdated in its space and functionality. Once a formal request was received from Island Health in October 2017, the Ministry of Health moved forward with planning, approval and now construction to ensure residents have access to a facility that will provide enhanced care.

“I’m thrilled that the people of this region will have an improved ICU, which will benefit patients and health-care workers. With ICU demand expected to increase in coming years due to a growing population, especially in older adults, this project is necessary for the well-being of our current and future residents,” said Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan.

The new ICU will cost $41.57 million, which will be cost shared between the provincial government through Island Health, the Nanaimo Regional Hospital District and the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation.

“I’ve heard from my community just how important increasing access to health care is, and as a government, we are working hard to improve the services people count on,” said Adam Walker, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum. “The new ICU in Nanaimo will increase capacity so more people can get the care they need when they need it.”

The project will create approximately 200 direct and 100 indirect jobs.

The new ICU is expected to open for patients in early 2023 and will be located south of the current emergency department.


Leah Hollins, Island Health board chair –

“It is fantastic to see the construction begin on the new ICU at Nanaimo General Regional Hospital. The new space is triple the size of the current ICU, providing care teams the space they need to deliver quality care for patients today and into the future.”

Ian Thorpe, chair, Nanaimo Regional Hospital District 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important it is for our region to have state-of-the-art medical facilities and sufficient resources to respond to the critical health-care needs of our residents. The new ICU will be a significant addition to our local hospital. We are very pleased to be a funding partner and to see construction getting underway.”

Janice Perrino, chief executive officer, Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation 

“This past year has shown all of us how important our ICU is to the residents of the central and north Island, and we are thrilled to see construction starting today. To date, we have raised an incredible $4 million towards our $5 million goal for the medical equipment in the new ICU. Thank you to everyone for your generosity and commitment to this project.”

Paradise Island Foods

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Thank you to the team at Paradise Island Foods for your $300 donation to our Paediatric Unit! This gift will support and help with comfort for our littlest of patients during their Hospital stay.

Cookie Fundraiser

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We would like to thank Donna Jansonius for her Christmas cookie fundraiser in support of the new ICU! She baked and beautifully decorated 200 cookies & raised over $600 for our new ICU!

Quality Foods

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From now until February 28th, with every participating Dempster’s and Weight Watchers product purchase at Quality Foods, 25¢ will go to the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Quilt Donation

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We would like to thank Phoebe Hamilton for her most recent quilt donation! These 10 beautifully made baby quilts will bring the little ones in our NICU great comfort.

Vancouver Island Tribute Festival

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Thank you to the entire team at the Vancouver Island Tribute Festival for donating $2,500 this year! To date this group has donated over $24,000 to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Photo: Sherry Judson, Vancouver Island Tribute Festival, Janice Perrino, CEO Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation and Sharon Schiebein, Vancouver Island Tribute Festival