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Rebecca Taylor

Investing in Nurse Education

By | Medical Staff Education
Ongoing education is an important component of patient care. The Hospital Foundation is delighted to share an update on our latest investment in education for our amazing paediatric nursing staff at NRGH.
“I would like to thank the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation for their generosity in supplying 8 tickets for Nurses to attend this year’s Parent Child Conference in Nanaimo. This is the first year it was opened up to nursing and we were well represented thanks largely to the Foundation.
The topics and speakers were phenomenal. There were two fully packed days with talks from the role of antimicrobials in Asthma, harm reduction, implementing skin to skin contact at caesarian births, antibiotic use during pregnancy and lactation, hyperglycemia in Newborns to name only a few. All of the topics were so relevant to our every day practice and were well received and attended by our perinatal staff and providers from all over Vancouver Island.
We had 16 nurses total attend the conference 8 of those tickets were funded by the Foundation. Each of those staff are sharing the knowledge they gained with their peers who were unable to attend so our whole team has benefited.” Trina Knight, Manager, NRGH
Left front: Elizabeth O’Keef-Batta, Erin MacDonald, Pam Gardiner, Kathy Clark, Elizabeth Carlson, Joelle Pattern
Left back: Juanita Parsonage, Kristina Maguire, Melissa Gasson, Iris Halbach, Katherine Robinson, Alisha Pelletier, Trina Knight
Missing in the photo : Janice Bertoia, Jennifer Duncan and Jenny Williams

Foundation Mourns Loss of Colleague

By | News

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our esteemed colleague and friend, Brenda Rositano. Brenda was with the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation for over 19 years. In the beginning, Brenda was the first Manager of Code Brew and got it up and running. Today, it is one of Nanaimo’s busiest cafés.

During her time with us she made a tremendous impact for healthcare in our community. Many got to know Brenda through the great events she led including Golf for Life, Run for Life and Lotto for Life. In the office, we could always rely on Brenda to get things done in her no-nonsense style and always with her fabulous smile.

We miss her enormously and are forever grateful for her commitment and passion that she brought to work every day. She was truly one of those genuine people you wish to have as part of your team. 

Newman’s Own Continues Generous Support

By | Thank You!

Thank you to Newman’s Own Foundation for their generous $10,000 (USD) donation! To date, they have donated over $95,000 (CAD) to support healthcare in our community.

Their latest donation will help purchase vital medical equipment for the new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Once complete, medical staff will be able to perform up to 35% more colonoscopies. This will greatly reduce wait times for this vital procedure for central Vancouver Island residents!

Thank you also to Quality Foods for nominating the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation to be a grant recipient again this year.

Photo: Mark Tilley, VP Int’l, Newman’s Own Foundation; Greg Scott, Board Chair, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation (NDHF); Justin Schley, VP, Quality Foods (QF); Mike Dziadyk, Buyer, QF; Noel Hayward, President, QF; Moira Jenkins, Board Vice Chair, NDHF; Dianna Rivard, VP, Marketing, QF; Janice Perrino, CEO, NDHF; Mike Bellefontaine, Business Development Manager, QF

Matching Donation Secures New Medical Equipment

By | Thank You!

Thank you to Muriel and Victor Jones for their generous matching donation! With their support, the Hospital Foundation was able to purchase a Pentax VNLJ10 Scope. This specialized scope for paediatric diagnostic and therapeutic procedures offers enhanced image quality. It also replaces a larger diameter probe with a narrow 2.5mm wand, especially important for paediatric procedures. The new, smaller scope will reduce stress on both patients and parents. The high-definition scope will be used by Dr. David Cheung and colleagues for endoscopic procedures on patients as young as newborns at NRGH.

Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo Hospital Foundation, Dr. David Cheung, ENT Specialist, NRGH, Muriel & Victor Jones

Purple Hats for Newborns

By | Thank You!

Thank you to the Parksville Qualicum Retired Teacher’s Association members who knitted these adorable hats for new babies at NRGH! They will help keep the babies comfortable and warm through the upcoming chilly months.

Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation & Barb Brett, Parksville Qualicum Retired Teacher’s Association

RBC Supports New Surgical Suite

By | Thank You!

Thank you to RBC for their generous $1,000 donation! The funds will support our campaign to build a new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at NRGH.

Approximately 2,500 patients are waiting for a colonoscopy at NRGH. Another 1,000 are waiting for other endoscopic procedures. Once the new surgical suite is complete, capacity will increase up to 35% greatly reducing wait times for patients in central Vancouver Island.

Reduced wait times are critical as colonoscopies make up 80% of the procedures and can be life saving. They are used to diagnose and, in some cases, can prevent serious illnesses such as colon cancer.


Photo: Kevin Krampl, Community Manager Nanaimo Market, RBC, Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, Kate Cooper, RVP Associate & Lorelei Crowhurst, Branch Manager, RBC

Lemonade Stand Raises $150!

By | Thank You!

Thank you to Alexa & Josh for raising $150 through their lemonade stand for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. Well done! Their donation will help build a new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at NRGH.

CIBC Helping to Fight Colon Cancer

By | Thank You!

Thank you to CIBC for their generous $10,000 donation! The funds will be used towards the new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at NRGH!

Colonoscopies make up 80% of the procedures and can be life saving. They are used to diagnose and, in some cases, can prevent serious illnesses such as colon cancer. Once the new surgical suite is complete, capacity will increase up to 35%. Wait times will be greatly reduced for patients in central Vancouver Island.

Photo: Gary Rodwell, Sr Manager, CIBC Commercial Banking, Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, Gary Griffin, Director, CIBC Commercial Banking

Donation Helps Patients Breathe Easier

By | Thank You!

Thank you to TB Vets for their generous donation of $21,868 for a V60 BiPAP Device! The device helps patients suffering from COPD, congestive heart failure and other conditions that lead to acute respiratory insufficiency. The machine provides breathing support that synchronizes with the patient’s effort to enhance respiratory effectiveness, decreases breathing effort and lessens the feeling of breathlessness. We are very thankful to all the TB Vets staff and Board of Directors for their generous donation and thoughtful support for patients at NRGH. Photo: Bob Underhill, Chair, TB Vets; Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation; Sheila Hamilton, Board Director, Kandys Merola, Executive Director & Peter Merola, Board Director, TB Vets