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.

Thank you to all who donated to our 4th Annual Light the Trees $1 million Christmas campaign. We have reached our goal!

We are so grateful for the generosity of the community. These funds are essential for improving and expanding healthcare services for central Vancouver Island residents.

Why is this new surgical suite so vital? 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. 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.

Thank you for supporting your local hospital, NRGH!

Thank you to our campaign supporters: Wenner Group, 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