Watch the video to learn why the new surgical suite is so urgently needed for our community.

Seven surgeries. That is how many Rob Burridge has had to endure since his cancer diagnosis in June 2016. Like many patients, Rob had to wait for over a year to get a colonoscopy at NRGH. Read why quicker access to this procedure is so vital. Click here to read Rob’s story.

Help the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation fight colon cancer during our 4th Annual Light the Trees Christmas campaign.

There are over 3,500 patients waiting up to 12 months for a colonoscopy or other endoscopic procedure at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). Colonoscopies are used to diagnose serious illnesses including colon cancer. The only way to reduce wait times for this vital procedure is by building a new surgical suite and we can only accomplish this with the community’s support. Reducing wait times is crucial for so many reasons:

  • Colon cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada – one in every thirteen men and one in every sixteen women will be diagnosed with colon cancer in their lifetime
  • Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and third in women
  • Statistically, 30 – 40 patients on the wait list have undiagnosed colon cancer
  • Colonoscopies can remove precancerous polyps before they turn into colon cancer
  • When found early, colon cancer is highly treatable

With the new suite, colonoscopy wait times will be significantly reduced. Increasing access to colonoscopies and providing care closer to home are key BC Government priorities. To accomplish increased access, the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation is partnering with Island Health, the Nanaimo Regional Hospital District and the Government of British Columbia.

Help us raise $1 million this Christmas! The total cost to build the new surgical suite is $1.5 million and we have already raised one third – $500,000! The remaining funds must be raised to make this surgical suite a reality. Help ensure our loved ones can get the diagnosis and treatment they need sooner and closer to home.

Please donate today and Light the Trees! During December, the closer we are to our goal, the more Christmas lights on the trees at NRGH’s entrance will be lit up. Thank you for supporting your local hospital, NRGH!

Thank you to The Wenner Group for generously donating the Christmas lights and to our media sponsors The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group and the Nanaimo News Bulletin.


RN’s Robyn Zuccaro & Judy Mana prepare one of the surgical suites

Dr. Nathan Schneidereit, Colorectal & General Surgery & Kim Racette, RN

RN’s Alison Lemon, Peace Wiggers, Daniela Cermakova & Robyn Ashcroft