Code Brew Café

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The new Code Brew Café as part of the lobby renovations at NRGH is now open! The new café will provide patients, visitors and staff with a wider selection of food and beverage options in an open, modern space.

Thank you to everyone involved in making this dream a reality!

Photo: Clinton King, Code Brew Manager, Derek Baril, Site Superintendent, CGI Constructors, Marci Ekland, Site Director NRGH and Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation

Code Brew Grand Re-Opening Dedication

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The Code Brew Grand Re-Opening is dedicated to Brenda Rositano 1964-2019.

Brenda came to work for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation on June 12, 2000. In her role as the first Manager of our new cafe, Brenda opened up Code Brew and set it up for great success.

Brenda’s exceptional work expanded into fundraising for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation in 2004 and she stayed with us until 2019.

Best known for managing the Lotto for Life, Golf, Run and Ride for Life, Brenda raised millions of dollars for medical equipment at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Famous for her bright smile and infectious laugh, Brenda Rositano was a beloved friend to all her work colleagues.

The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation would like to sincerely thank the Rositano family for sharing Brenda with all of us. Our community is a better place because of her!

Code Brew

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The CODE BREW Kiosk at NRGH will be closed December 12th & 13th to facilitate the opening of the new café. The new CODE BREW Café will be opening on Monday December 14th at 7:00am. Thank you for your support!

Cardiac Project

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The cardiac project is complete! We will now be able to deliver approximately 95% of pre and post-surgical and procedural cardiac care in our community, increase exams to an estimated 3,000 per year, and reduce wait times by as much as 50%. This project will have a significant impact for thousands in Nanaimo and Oceanside who require cardiac care. We are honored to work with our generous donors and NRGH to make it a reality.

Front Page News

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The whole community is celebrating the Windsor Plywood Foundations incredible $1 million dollar donation towards the new ICU at NRGH!

Check out the December 2, 2020 e-Edition at

Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO at Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation

Windsor Plywood Foundation Donates $1 Million Dollars for the New ICU at NRGH!

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The Windsor Plywood Foundation has kicked off the 5th Annual Light the Trees with an incredible donation of $1 million dollars towards the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s new ICU.

Windsor Plywood Foundation has a long history of giving back to the communities they live and do business in. Just like their website reads “Here to Help since 1969”. With over 60 locations across Western and Central Canada and the Northwestern Unites States Windsor Plywood helps make our communities better. As true leaders, they have supported Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for over a decade, improving healthcare on our Island.

NRGH’s current ICU is one of the oldest in BC. In 2013, an external review said despite the challenges in an outdated facility, NRGH’s ICU ranks near the top nationally for positive patient health outcomes. The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation is proud to be raising $5 million towards all the state of the art medical equipment in the new ICU.

The new ICU will be located between the existing Emergency Department and the Perinatal/Renal building on the NRGH site. Construction is expected to get underway in early 2021.

“The Windsor Plywood Foundation is delighted to make this contribution to the new ICU at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. The people of Nanaimo and its surrounding regions have been a large part of Windsor’s success over the last 50 years and we are fortunate to be in a position to give back to these communities. We have seen firsthand how Central and North Island has grown, and how the need for a new and updated ICU has become increasingly critical. We look forward to this fantastic new addition to the residents of Central Island.” Says Cathy Brown, Executive Director, Windsor Plywood Foundation

“This is an extraordinary gift for the Hospital Foundation, taking us to $3 million towards the $5 million goal. We still have a lot to fundraise, but the Windsor Plywood Foundation took us over the half way mark and we know our communities will take us the rest of the way. The Windsor Plywood Foundation understands that nothing is more important than the health of our residents. We can’t thank them enough for their leadership with this inspirational donation.” Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation

For more information on the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation or to Light a Tree by making a donation towards the ICU campaign please visit

Changes Coming to NRGH Lobby

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The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation is proud to announce there will be a brand new Code Brew café as part of the lobby renovations at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). The new café will provide patients, visitors and staff with a wider selection of food and beverage options in an open, modern space.

The Tree of Life donor wall, which is located in the lobby, is being retired after 30 years due to the renovations and to meet hospital health and safety guidelines. A new donor recognition wall was installed in the NRGH lobby last year to replace the Tree of Life. The new donor wall celebrates donors who give $1,000 or more annually and are recognized for 10 years.

“We are grateful for the support we receive from our donors,” said Janice Perrino, CEO of the Hospital Foundation. “Their generosity helps the Hospital Foundation fund essential medical equipment and the donor recognition wall is just one of the ways we thank them.”

The Hospital Foundation is saving all donor plaques from the Tree of Life. Donors are welcome to take them home and can contact the Hospital Foundation at or 250-755-7690 to arrange.

Golf September 1 – 30

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The 27th Annual Golf for Life, presented by Coastal Community Private Wealth Group, will run for the entire month of September. The new format means even more people can enjoy playing this beautiful course on a day of their choice between September 1 and 30 with friends, family and colleagues while still experiencing the excitement of tournament play. There will be leaderboard tracking, draw and results-based prizes and more!

Fairwinds Golf Club has always been our host course and we are delighted to be partnering with them once again. Their generous support has helped ensure the longevity and success of our event in addition to providing a spectacular course for players. Plus they will be matching donations up to $10,000!

Funds raised through Golf for Life will support the new ICU at NRGH. Click here to learn more about the new ICU and our campaign to raise $5 million for all the medical equipment. Thank you for your support!

Golf for Life is $150 per golfer* and includes:

  • 1 round of golf at Fairwinds Golf Club
  • Golf Cart
  • One Mulligan
  • One bucket of balls to warm up with at the driving range
  • Sleeve of golf balls
  • Discounts from Fairwinds Golf Club
  • Entry into weekly prize draws
  • Eligibility for top and most honest golfer prizes
  • Charitable Tax receipt for $50

*Juniors (16 years of age and under) and Fairwinds Golf Club Members are $75 per person. Please call the Fairwinds Golf Shop at 250-468-7666 for Junior and Members tickets.

Register by Monday, August 17th and be entered to win two, one-way tickets with Harbour Air!

Lemonade Fundraiser

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What better way to raise funds to support children in hospital than with a cool lemonade stand on hot days! River has already raised $80 for the Hospital Foundation and plans to continue selling lemonade throughout the summer.

The Hospital Foundation is a natural fit for her efforts as River wants to be a doctor someday. She has a doctor’s kit and is very interested in healing people’s wounds in a variety of ways including with band aids and ice packs.

River donated some toys at Christmas and we are delighted she has chosen to help children in need once again. Thank you River, you are awesome!

London Drugs Supporting Babies

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We are grateful to London Drugs for their Huggies No Baby Unhugged program support! With every Huggies Diaper purchase an LDExtras member makes between July 1 – August 31, 2020 a $2 Donation will be made to support a local Huggies No Baby Unhugged Hospital including Nanaimo Regional General Hospital! Learn more at