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Cardiac Project Update

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Renovating and re-purposing existing hospital spaces is a very complex process involving numerous internal departments and services. Extensive planning and coordination is critical to ensure there is minimal impact on patients and staff. The renovation of the Cardiac Department at NRGH, a Hospital Foundation funded project, is a prime example in progress. As the cardiac department has to continue to operate within the existing space, renovations must occur in a specific sequence and only in a few areas at a time. Here is a sneak peak at the work underway by the hospital’s skilled Facilities Maintenance and Operations team. Thank you to all who donated to make this vital project a reality! More updates will be shared over the coming months.

SHINE Nanaimo 2020 Tickets Now On Sale!

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Volume Studio Productions is bringing together an all star cast of local musicians, dancers, performers, and more….. supported by Nanaimo’s top hair stylists, makeup artists, and clothing outlets, to the Vancouver Island Conference Center on April 11, 2020!

In the spirit of the “Life in the Day of”, SHINE NANAIMO will take guests on a theatrical extravaganza of music, dance and fashion, to raise funds and awareness for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation in support of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. This creative initiative will provide a platform for Nanaimo’s artistic community to express themselves on their own terms all in the spirit of giving back.

For event details and a link to purchase tickets, please visit: www.shinenostigma.ca

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