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Doughnation Day

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Doughnation Day is Saturday, March 27! Customers can purchase a 6-pack of Hot Cross Buns at Cobs Bakery on Metral Drive and they will donate $2 to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.

Cobs Doughnation Week

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Cobs Doughnation Week is March 22 – 27 when $2 from every 6-Pack of Hot Cross Buns sold online at Cobs Bakery on Metral Drive will be donated to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.

Cobs Bread

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You can now support the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital by donating to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation with Cobs Bread at 6461 Metral Drive, Nanaimo!

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The current 10-bed ICU, built in 1970, is outdated in its space and functionality.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.

Quotes:

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.”

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021HLTH0027-000189

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.

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.