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Audi Christmas Bauble Fundraiser

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Support the NICU at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital when you take home an Audi sleigh bell from Audi Nanaimo for a minimum donation of $10! They can be purchased at Nanaimo Audi through to Christmas (or sooner if they sell out). All proceeds will be donated to the Hospital Foundation and used to help our amazing medical team provide even better care for our littlest of patients!

Trillium Lodge Light Up

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The staff at Trillium Lodge have done an amazing job of decorating for the holidays! Residents and staff alike will feel the spirit of Christmas with all the beautiful displays.

The Hospital provided some funding towards lights and decorations with the staff contributing some of their own as well. Thank you to all the staff for providing such a wonderful environment for the residents over Christmas and throughout the year!

Light the Trees to Fight Colon Cancer

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Watch the video featuring Dr. Daniel Jenkin, General Surgeon, to learn why the new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital is so urgently needed for our community. We need to raise $1 million this Christmas to reach our goal and build this addition to the hospital which is vital in the fight against colon cancer. The more donations we receive, the more lights that will be lit outside the main entrance to NRGH. Please donate today. Thank you!

Photos with Santa at Country Club Centre!

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Photos with Santa is back! Until December 23rd, Santa’s Winter Garden at Country Club Centre provides a free, festive background where you are the director and photographer for your holiday photos! They also have a DSLR camera on-site for guests who would prefer Santa’s assistant to take multiple photos for them for a suggested $10 donation. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. Visit www.countryclubcentre.com for all the details.

Coin Drive at Woodgrove Centre until Boxing Day

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Coin Drive for Charity on now until December 26th in support of paediatric care at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital! Take your spare change to Woodgrove Centre and all funds collected will be donated to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation and used towards medical equipment and patient comfort items to help care for the hospital’s littlest of patients. Visit www.woodgrovecentre.com for all their holiday activities.

Hospital Foundation Welcomes New Board Chair

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The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation Board of Directors recently welcomed a new Board Chair, Moira Jenkins. Moira takes over the role from previous Board Chair, Greg Scott. We thank Greg for his dedication as our Board Chair for the past four years and welcome Moira to her new position!

During his tenure, Greg provided exemplary leadership and vision for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation Board. He has been on the Board since 2008 and has served in a number of positions and on numerous committees to help the Hospital Foundation fulfil its mission. We look forward to his valued contributions as Past Chair this coming year.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the donors, the NDHF board, staff and volunteers, and Island Health staff for improving healthcare in the Central Island region. I am humbled and honoured to have had the opportunity to be Chair for the past four years. I am excited to see how the Hospital Foundation improves healthcare excellence on Vancouver Island in the years to come.”

Moira has been on the Hospital Foundation Board for four years and has served in a number of capacities, most recently as Vice Chair. We thank her for her service to date and look forward to her strategic leadership as we launch the biggest fundraising campaign in our Hospital Foundation’s history in 2020.

“It is an honour and a pleasure to be elected as Chair of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. The board, staff and volunteers, under the excellent Board leadership of Greg Scott and with the tremendous work of CEO Janice Perrino and her dedicated staff, have achieved excellence in fundraising for healthcare in our region. It is a privilege to be a part of this passionate team. I want to personally thank our donors whose commitment to healthcare in our community is so appreciated. Your generous support allowed us to commit to $3.8 million in projects in the region last year. It is an exciting time for our hospital with the expansion of our cardiac and endoscopy departments and of course the important news of a new ICU.  We have lofty goals to support these and other projects. We again look to you and others to help us build a groundswell of support for healthcare here in the Central Island. Thank you for all your help.”

The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation is grateful for the hard work and commitment of our board. To learn more about Greg, Moira and the rest of our exceptional board members, please visit: https://nanaimohospitalfoundation.com/board/

Support for Youth Activities

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Did you know? The Hospital Foundation funds more than just medical equipment and big projects. We also fund items that help improve the overall well being of our community.

We recently provided funding for the purchase of a ping pong table and paddles for Young Adult/Youth Group – Early Intervention Services; a service provided by Island Health’s Nanaimo Mental Health & Substance Use Community Services. Healthy activities for youth who are seeking support are vital and we are proud to contribute to this important area of care.

Photo: Staff members Kyla Smienk and Alyse Paquette

New Respiratory Equipment Provides Relief

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The Philips V60 funded by TB Vets has arrived! The V60 replaces equipment that has served the hospital and patients well since 2001 but is no longer serviceable.

The V60 delivers essential therapy to treat acute respiratory/ventilatory failure in patients at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). The respiratory failure can result from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Congestive heart failure, neuromuscular disease and other conditions that lead to acute respiratory insufficiency.

Patients wear a fitted mask that is connected through a circuit that provides breathing support. This support is synchronized with the patient’s efforts to enhance respiratory effectiveness, decrease breathing effort and lessen the feeling of breathlessness. It also improves the ability of the lungs to transport oxygen into the patient’s blood. This results in greater levels of oxygen throughout the patient’s body. An integrated battery and oxygen tank manifold allows therapy to continue while the patient is transported within the hospital.

Respiratory Therapists are essential in applying this therapy at NRGH. They ensure the patient is properly connected to the V60 and adjust the therapy to the patient’s needs. Approximately 150 patients per year will immediately benefit from this advanced equipment. The demand for this therapy will continue to rise due to our growing population and the increase in cardio-respiratory disability. The support of organizations such as TB Vets is essential in providing better healthcare for our community. Thank you TB Vets!

Photo: Dwaine Talbot, RRT , Clinical Chief and Donia Oumesrour, Respiratory Therapy Services, NRGH

Foundation Mourns Loss of Colleague

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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.