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Newman’s Own Continues Generous Support

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Thank you to Newman’s Own Foundation for their generous $10,000 (USD) donation! To date, they have donated over $95,000 (CAD) to support healthcare in our community.

Their latest donation will help purchase vital medical equipment for the new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Once complete, medical staff will be able to perform up to 35% more colonoscopies. This will greatly reduce wait times for this vital procedure for central Vancouver Island residents!

Thank you also to Quality Foods for nominating the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation to be a grant recipient again this year.

Photo: Mark Tilley, VP Int’l, Newman’s Own Foundation; Greg Scott, Board Chair, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation (NDHF); Justin Schley, VP, Quality Foods (QF); Mike Dziadyk, Buyer, QF; Noel Hayward, President, QF; Moira Jenkins, Board Vice Chair, NDHF; Dianna Rivard, VP, Marketing, QF; Janice Perrino, CEO, NDHF; Mike Bellefontaine, Business Development Manager, QF

Matching Donation Secures New Medical Equipment

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Thank you to Muriel and Victor Jones for their generous matching donation! With their support, the Hospital Foundation was able to purchase a Pentax VNLJ10 Scope. This specialized scope for paediatric diagnostic and therapeutic procedures offers enhanced image quality. It also replaces a larger diameter probe with a narrow 2.5mm wand, especially important for paediatric procedures. The new, smaller scope will reduce stress on both patients and parents. The high-definition scope will be used by Dr. David Cheung and colleagues for endoscopic procedures on patients as young as newborns at NRGH.

Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo Hospital Foundation, Dr. David Cheung, ENT Specialist, NRGH, Muriel & Victor Jones

Purple Hats for Newborns

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Thank you to the Parksville Qualicum Retired Teacher’s Association members who knitted these adorable hats for new babies at NRGH! They will help keep the babies comfortable and warm through the upcoming chilly months.

Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation & Barb Brett, Parksville Qualicum Retired Teacher’s Association

RBC Supports New Surgical Suite

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Thank you to RBC for their generous $1,000 donation! The funds will support our campaign to build a new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at NRGH.

Approximately 2,500 patients are waiting for a colonoscopy at NRGH. Another 1,000 are waiting for other endoscopic procedures. Once the new surgical suite is complete, capacity will increase up to 35% greatly reducing wait times for patients in central Vancouver Island.

Reduced wait times are critical as colonoscopies make up 80% of the procedures and can be life saving. They are used to diagnose and, in some cases, can prevent serious illnesses such as colon cancer.


Photo: Kevin Krampl, Community Manager Nanaimo Market, RBC, Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, Kate Cooper, RVP Associate & Lorelei Crowhurst, Branch Manager, RBC

Lemonade Stand Raises $150!

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Thank you to Alexa & Josh for raising $150 through their lemonade stand for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. Well done! Their donation will help build a new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at NRGH.

CIBC Helping to Fight Colon Cancer

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Thank you to CIBC for their generous $10,000 donation! The funds will be used towards the new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at NRGH!

Colonoscopies make up 80% of the procedures and can be life saving. They are used to diagnose and, in some cases, can prevent serious illnesses such as colon cancer. Once the new surgical suite is complete, capacity will increase up to 35%. Wait times will be greatly reduced for patients in central Vancouver Island.

Photo: Gary Rodwell, Sr Manager, CIBC Commercial Banking, Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, Gary Griffin, Director, CIBC Commercial Banking

Donation Helps Patients Breathe Easier

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Thank you to TB Vets for their generous donation of $21,868 for a V60 BiPAP Device! The device helps patients suffering from COPD, congestive heart failure and other conditions that lead to acute respiratory insufficiency. The machine provides breathing support that synchronizes with the patient’s effort to enhance respiratory effectiveness, decreases breathing effort and lessens the feeling of breathlessness. We are very thankful to all the TB Vets staff and Board of Directors for their generous donation and thoughtful support for patients at NRGH. Photo: Bob Underhill, Chair, TB Vets; Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation; Sheila Hamilton, Board Director, Kandys Merola, Executive Director & Peter Merola, Board Director, TB Vets

Baby Sim

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There are incredible teaching tools available to hospitals and Sim Baby is one of them! This advanced simulator is incredible – different scenarios can be programmed via laptop to simulate real-life health issues and the baby reacts accordingly. From variable heart rates and stomach distention to limb movement and vocalizations, the medical staff training on the Sim Baby are able to practice complicated scenarios with realistic feedback so they can provide even better care for the littlest of our patients.

Due to the generosity of a donor, the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation was able to fund the Baby Sim for the Paediatric Department. The department hosted a “baby shower” complete with cake to celebrate the addition of this state of the art teaching device and to thank the donor!

Sim Baby

There are very advanced teaching tools available for medical professionals to ensure they can provide the best care possible to patients of all ages. This Sim Baby is just one example. It is so advanced, they can program different scenarios via a laptp that enable nurses and doctors to practice advanced techniques and the "baby" will react to the treatment they are giving it. From variable heart rates, change in skin colour, vocalizations, limb movement, stomach distention and so much more, Sim Baby is incredible. Due to the generousity of a donor, the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation was able to fund the Sim Baby!

Posted by Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation on Friday, September 13, 2019

Golf for Life Raises over $94,000!

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The 26th annual Golf for Life tournament raised over $94,000 due to the generous support of our sponsors, donors, golfers and volunteers! Presented by Coastal Community private Wealth Group and hosted by Fairwinds Golf Club, this year’s tournament saw a return to beautiful weather for the 136 golfers who participated.

The greens were in fantastic condition and everyone had fun trying to get the best score and attempt a hole in one for great prizes including cash, a new car, a trip and golf for a year!

Last year’s team remained undefeated this year – perhaps in 2020 will see new tournament champions?!

All the funds raised are supporting our campaign to build a new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. For details on this vital project, click here.

Below are a few photos from the day. Click here to see all the tournament photos. Visit our event webpage to see all our fantastic sponsors.