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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 info@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com 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 https://bit.ly/31DdzwJ.

Shields Foundation Donates $100,000 to new ICU

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Recognizing the importance of critical care for central Vancouver Island residents, the Shields Foundation has made a $100,000 donation in support of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation’s $5 million campaign for the new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).

Bob Shields, founder of The Shields Foundation, learned of the ICU project through his Nanaimo based company, Coastland Wood Industries. Coastland Wood Industries has been a strong supporter of the Hospital Foundation for well over a decade and their leadership team and employees alike have seen first-hand the impact large projects have on the delivery of healthcare in their community.

“In addition to our initial $100,000 gift, we are also going to put out an employee challenge to our Coastland group with every dollar donated to be matched by the Shields Foundation,” said Bob Shields.

The need for a first class ICU has never been more critical than through the on-going struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic, which, in one way or another, has touched every community and every home. “At the heart of every healthy community is a strong, well equipped hospital and we are very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this project.” Bob added.

“We are so grateful,” said Janice Krall, Chief Development Officer at the Hospital Foundation. “Support from community leaders such as the Shields Family and the Coastland Wood team allows us to provide our exceptional healthcare professionals with state-of-the-art medical equipment to care for the most critically ill in our region.”

The current ICU at NRGH is 50 years old and serves over 400,000 residents who live north of the Malahat. The total cost to build the new ICU is more than $33 million and is a partnership between the Provincial Government through Island Health, the Nanaimo Regional Hospital District and the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.

About Coastland Wood Industries

The Shields family has been involved in the marine and forest industry on the coast and, in particular, the Nanaimo area for over 50 years. Coastland Wood Industries has been a part of the Shields Family since 1998 when Bob’s father, Peter Shields, bought into the Company and helped it grow. They have built a strong foundation of community partnerships through their relationships with the Snuneymuxw First Nation, the South End Community and the City of Nanaimo.

Grateful ICU Patient

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One family member going to hospital is stressful enough; imagine two in two days. That is what happened to a Nanaimo family in August 2016. A day after Kevin Grieder’s mother had a heart attack, he too found himself at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).

One morning, Kevin had difficulty breathing so went to see his family doctor. As the day progressed, he still did not feel better so went to Emergency at NRGH. After being seen and treated, he left but his breathing continued to get worse. He returned to Emergency and collapsed while in the waiting room.

Kevin woke up a few days later in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) hooked up to a ventilator and with a tube down his throat. The reason? He suffered a pulmonary embolism because of a blood clot in his leg that had traveled into his lungs. He was put into an induced coma to give his body a chance to recover and repair itself. While in the ICU, Kevin received constant, close monitoring from the team of specialized medical staff. After being treated and stabilized in the ICU, Kevin was transferred to a ward where heart and lung specialists could closely monitor him for approximately 5 days. He then spent his last few days on a general ward to gain more strength in preparation for his return home.

While in care, he noted he was able to observe the activity around the nursing station. “In addition to patient care, it was eye-opening to see to see all the paper work and other activities nurses have to do,” said Kevin. “Before staying in the hospital, I didn’t realize just how busy they are during their shifts.”

Kevin shared that from the time he arrived at NRGH to the day he was discharged, he received excellent care from all the hospital staff and singled out the ICU team in particular.

“I was so grateful for the care I received that I went back to thank the ICU team as soon as I could,” said Kevin. “I also decided to make a donation to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation as a further way to recognize how well they looked after me in the ICU while I was so sick.”

Both Kevin, who was able to return to work at Country Grocer in Chase River, and his mother are doing well and are grateful for the level of care they received by the skilled and committed hospital staff. So much so that Kevin has become a regular, annual donor and was delighted to learn his recent donation would be put towards the new ICU at NRGH.

Read about our campaign to build the new ICU here.

Sabzi Mandi Supermarket Supports ICU

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Join the Nanaimo location of Sabzi Mandi Supermarket in supporting the new Intensive Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital! In addition to making a donation, they are also accepting donations from customers in-store. The Hospital Foundation is raising $5 million for all the medical equipment needed for the new ICU. Together we can reach this goal. Thank you for supporting healthcare in your community!

Photo: Maran Kailas, Sabzi Mandi Nanaimo Franchise Owner

Update on PPE Donations for NRGH

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There has been a great response and profound goodwill in trying to source community supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Thank you!

In order to focus everybody’s efforts, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) is asking the public to contact Bill Earthy at William.Earthy@viha.ca in Facilities, Maintenance & Operations at NRGH prior to making a donation. To manage email volume, please put “Community PPE” in the subject line. This is to try to avoid multiple non-coordinated efforts throughout the community and to minimize confusion. NRGH will then coordinate deliveries to the hospital on a controlled basis. Once confirmed, donations can be dropped off to: 3151 Barons Road, Nanaimo on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm only.

Items that are welcomed include: 

  • N95 masks
  • Surgical masks
  • Procedure masks
  • Procedure masks with shields
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Disposable Gowns
  • Hand santizer
  • Wipes

Currently, NRGH is not accepting homemade mask and cloth gowns.

Thank you for supporting your local hospital and the incredible staff who continue to deliver excellent patient care!

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