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Flower Power

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Thank you to the Mid Island Rose Society for their generous gift of $1,000 for our colonoscopy campaign! They raised $3,800 in just four hours at their annual plant sale with proceeds supporting a number of local charities. All the plants sold at the sale are cultivated by their members and are of such good quality that people return year after year to buy them!

Photo: Bev Hoar, Treasurer & Barbara Samarin, President

Teddy Bears!

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Thank you to PetSmart Nanaimo for donating another two huge bags of Teddy Bears! Patient comfort is an integral part of patient care and recovery. The stuffed toys comfort young patients when they are hurting most and provide elderly patients with dementia a welcome distraction.

More Dough from Cobs!

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Thank you to COBS Bread on Metral Drive for their donation towards our campaign to reduce colonoscopy wait times!

Did you know? If you mention Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation at the time of your Cobs Bread purchase, they’ll donate 5% of your purchase to us! They also have a donation box which customers can use to get rid of their loose change, also in support of the Hospital Foundation. Thanks Cobs!

Photo: Mike Humphries, Franchise Owner and Zara, employee

$3.8 Million for Healthcare

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Due to the generosity of many donors, the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation was able to commit to over $3.8 million in funding to NRGH and the other care facilities it supports in the last fiscal year! The donations help fund medical equipment, patient comfort items, staff education and large projects such as the cardiac expansion at NRGH and Oceanside.

Read about some of the highlights over the past year on our news feed.

Thank you also to Dr. Rudston-Brown who was our guest speaker at our recent donor event where the photo was taken. He spoke about the importance of access to colonoscopies, why they are integral to our long-term health and the impact the new procedural suite in the Endoscopy Department at NRGH will have once it is built. Read about the colonoscopy campaign here.

Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation; Dr. Blair Rudston Brown, Chief of Staff, NRGH; Sarah Sheridan, Temporary Director – Special Projects Surgical Services, NRGH; Moira Jenkins, Vice Chair, Hospital Foundation Board; Marci Ekland, Site Director, NRGH; Dr. Ben Williams, Executive Medical Director, GEO 2

Jeans Day Donation

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Thank you to Coastal Community Credit Union Bowen Community Branch for the donation from their recent Jeans Day fundraiser! Coastal Community Credit Union has been a long-time supporter of the Hospital Foundation and healthcare in our community.

Photo: Cindy Koutecky, Branch Manager; Rebecca Taylor, Director Community & Media Relations, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation; Karen Ross, Assistant Manager

Your Impact

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Throughout the year, the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation provides funding for a wide variety of equipment and patient comfort items for NRGH, Oceanside Health Centre in Parksville and three care facilities.

With the generous support of individual, corporate and community donors, here are some of the items the Hospital Foundation has been able to fund. Click on the linked items below to learn more and visit our news feed or our Facebook page regularly for more updates as they happen.

The Hospital Foundation also funds continuing education so medical staff have access to the latest knowledge and techniques to improve patient care. Recently funded courses:

Top Photo: RN’s in the Advanced Cardiac course

Top Left: Dr.Nataranjan with an Echocardiograph Ultrasound Unit

Middle Left: O.R. Teaching Mannequin

Bottom Left: RN’s Laura Miskulin & Sheri Shanahan with the new NICU Washer and Dryer

Donations for Young & Old

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Thank you to the Upper Island Power Pioneers for their generous donation of $1,000 for the NICU along with handmade quilts, slippers and hats that will provide much comfort for the seniors residing at Dufferin Place.

Photo: Lois Earle, Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, Janet Harms, Tove Gahr, Jim Gahr & Sharon Bickle

Donation is Music to Our Ears

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Thank you to the Curling Club House Band for their $600 donation! The funds were raised at a recent curling bonspiel they performed at. They generously donated their performance fee as well as collected contributions from attendees. The funds will support the campaign to build a new procedural suite for the Endoscopy Department.

Photo: Dave & Sharon Wright with Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation

Band Photo: Dave & Sharon Wright, Mary Ellen Konyer, Dwain Black, and Bob Franklin

Kin Kindness Day

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Thank you to the Nanaimo Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs for choosing the hospital for their recent Kin Kindness Day! Ten of their Kin members and their families provided patients, families and staff at NRGH with 285 hot beverages and paid for approximately 120 hospital patron’s parking for 2 hours! They also gave out Hospital Foundation teddy bears to children who were at the hospital for care that day. Such incredible and heartwarming generosity!