Help us reach the $5 Million goal for the new ICU at NRGH!

In 2020 Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation took on its most ambitious campaign to date: to raise $5 million for all the critical care, state of the art medical equipment for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s (NRGH) new Intensive Care Unit (ICU), watch the video below showing the ground breaking February 2, 2021.

NRGH’s current ICU is amongst the oldest in BC, serving more than 450,000 residents north of the Malahat. In spite of that, NRGH’s ICU ranks near the top nationally for positive patient health outcomes. As one of only two COVID-19 hospitals on Vancouver Island, a new ICU at NRGH is critical.

The new ICU allows NRGH to continue providing exceptional care to the most critically ill in our Central and North Island communities and will open the door for future and essential health care services.

ICU Build Progress
ICU construction video
ICU ground breaking video
Click on the photos below to hear from some of our ICU campaign ambassadors and grateful patients.

Dr. Michael Kenyon

Lead Physician, ICU

I am very proud of the team I lead in the ICU at NRGH. Every day, they are overcoming the challenges to provide excellent patient care. Built 50 years ago and with only one third of full life-support beds per 100,000 residents compared to the national average, we are in desperate need of an upgrade. With a new ICU, our team will have the space, latest medical equipment and resources needed to meet the growing demand for critical care.

The Krog Family

Campaign Ambassadors

Twice Sharon has been a patient in our aging ICU at NRGH. The first time was when we returned from a holiday in January 2005 where a classic case of endocarditis was not diagnosed in Jamaica. She ended up in ICU with bilateral pneumonia and an infection in every organ including her bones. Doctor David Forrest and an amazing team saved her life and got her strong enough to be able to have, and survive, open-heart surgery at Royal Jubilee to replace her destroyed mitral valve.

The second time was a rare and difficult-to-diagnose case of steroid-resistant pneumonia that required life support for several days. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for the wonderful people who work in our ICU and save lives every day, as they did for Sharon, but do it in a worn out inadequate facility that desperately needs replacing. Our loved ones’ lives are at risk whenever something serious happens and many families like ours still have a wife, a mother and a grandmother only because of our ICU. Our story is not unique and mercifully has a happy ending. We ask everyone to dig deep and remember it can happen to anyone and sometimes even twice.

Kelly McColm

Manager, Intensive Care Unit and Respiratory Therapy

The new ICU will help our team provide excellent care in a state of the art design with focus on serving our community, families and patients’ needs. Increasing our number of beds will also help us support a higher level of care for patients needing critical care from the smaller rural communities on Vancouver Island.
Watch the videos below to learn more about the urgent need for a new ICU at NRGH.

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