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Shields Foundation Donates $100,000 to new ICU

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Recognizing the importance of critical care for central Vancouver Island residents, the Shields Foundation has made a $100,000 donation in support of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation’s $5 million campaign for the new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).

Bob Shields, founder of The Shields Foundation, learned of the ICU project through his Nanaimo based company, Coastland Wood Industries. Coastland Wood Industries has been a strong supporter of the Hospital Foundation for well over a decade and their leadership team and employees alike have seen first-hand the impact large projects have on the delivery of healthcare in their community.

“In addition to our initial $100,000 gift, we are also going to put out an employee challenge to our Coastland group with every dollar donated to be matched by the Shields Foundation,” said Bob Shields.

The need for a first class ICU has never been more critical than through the on-going struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic, which, in one way or another, has touched every community and every home. “At the heart of every healthy community is a strong, well equipped hospital and we are very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this project.” Bob added.

“We are so grateful,” said Janice Krall, Chief Development Officer at the Hospital Foundation. “Support from community leaders such as the Shields Family and the Coastland Wood team allows us to provide our exceptional healthcare professionals with state-of-the-art medical equipment to care for the most critically ill in our region.”

The current ICU at NRGH is 50 years old and serves over 400,000 residents who live north of the Malahat. The total cost to build the new ICU is more than $33 million and is a partnership between the Provincial Government through Island Health, the Nanaimo Regional Hospital District and the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.

About Coastland Wood Industries

The Shields family has been involved in the marine and forest industry on the coast and, in particular, the Nanaimo area for over 50 years. Coastland Wood Industries has been a part of the Shields Family since 1998 when Bob’s father, Peter Shields, bought into the Company and helped it grow. They have built a strong foundation of community partnerships through their relationships with the Snuneymuxw First Nation, the South End Community and the City of Nanaimo.

Sabzi Mandi Supermarket Supports ICU

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Join the Nanaimo location of Sabzi Mandi Supermarket in supporting the new Intensive Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital! In addition to making a donation, they are also accepting donations from customers in-store. The Hospital Foundation is raising $5 million for all the medical equipment needed for the new ICU. Together we can reach this goal. Thank you for supporting healthcare in your community!

Photo: Maran Kailas, Sabzi Mandi Nanaimo Franchise Owner

Canadian Tire Supports Frontline

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Thank you to Canadian Tire, Nanaimo for their donation of six – 5 gal tubs of hand sanitizer and packages of face masks for the Nanaimo Division of Family Practice for use at the doctor’s offices around the area! Valued at over $2,000, the sanitizer and masks will go a long way to helping keep doctors, office staff and patients safe. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Photo: Marc Telosky, Store Manager

Canterbury Provides Caffeine Boost

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Thank you to Canterbury Coffee for their generous donation of 1,680 packs of coffee which will help keep the staff going through their long shifts! A supplier to our very own Code Brew at NRGH cafe and a Golf for Life sponsor, we are grateful for their ongoing commitment to our hospital and our community.

Photo 1: Wendy Wearne, Coordinator Site Operations, Admitting and Patient Flow, NRGH; Victor Owen Canterbury Coffee; Damian Lange, Director of Clinical Operations and Marci Ekland, Site Director, NRGH; Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation

Photo 2: Sheila Leadbetter, Executive Director, NRGH and Wendy Wearne


$10,000 Donation from Quality Foods

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Quality Foods delivered a couple of amazing gifts to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. A $10,000 donation for our Community Health Endowment Fund and 250 cases of kombucha for the staff to help keep them refreshed during their long shifts! We are so grateful for their commitment to healthcare in our community that has totaled over $360,000 to date. Thank you Quality Foods for your generous support!

Photo: Damian Lange, Director of Clinical Operations, Marci Ekland, Site Director & Wendy Wearne, Coordinator Site Operations, Admitting and Patient Flow, NRGH; Justin Schley, Vice President & CFO, Quality Foods; Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation and Dan, Delivery Driver, Quality Foods

Tim Hortons Supports Frontline Workers

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Tim Hortons owner and long time Hospital Foundation supporter Craig McBride arranged for medical and support staff at NRGH to receive 500 gift cards worth $5 each so they can enjoy a coffee and treat on them! In addition to the gift cards, Tim Hortons of Nanaimo also donated 300 goodies and coffee. These treats are sure to help keep the hospital staff going. Their gift is a thank you from Tim Hortons of Nanaimo to all of the healthcare workers in our area who are doing so much to support our community.

“Tim Hortons is pleased to support the frontline healthcare workers at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital in all that they do for the community,” said Dave Milne, a local Tim Hortons franchise owner.

Thank you Tim Hortons of Nanaimo for your generosity and thank you to all the healthcare professionals and hospital support staff for your tireless efforts!

Top Photo: Craig McBride, Tim Hortons Nanaimo

Bottom Photo: Dave Milne, Tim Hortons Nanaimo; Chuck and Sheila Vickary, Tim Hortons Calgary, Christine NRGH

TELUS Gives Where We Live

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Thank you to TELUS for their generous $5,000 donation! Funds were raised through their Nanaimo new customer campaign for the greatest needs at NRGH. To date, TELUS has donated over $300,000 to help provide better healthcare for our community!

RCL Mount Benson Supports ICU

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Thank you to Royal Canadian Legion Mt Benson Branch 256 for their generous $5,000 for the new ICU at NRGH. The funds were raised through their annual Poppy campaign. We are grateful to have their ongoing commitment to healthcare in our community. To date, Branch 256 has donated over $130,000!

Photo: Janice Perino, CEO, Hospital Foundation with Joanne Walton-Hatch, President, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 256

Nanoose Lions Support ICU

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Thank you to the Nanoose Bay Lions Club for their generous $1,000 donation! The funds will go towards the new ICU at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. We are very grateful to the service clubs who support better healthcare for our community. You make a difference each and every day!
Photo: Phil Wilson, President and Judith Lapadat, Treasurer with Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation

Generous Gift for Surgical Suite

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Thank you to Western Coast Insurance and Western Communities Foundation for their $5,000 donation! As part of the Western Communities Foundation programming, employees at their branches raise funds for charities in their community. We are delighted and grateful that the Hospital Foundation was chosen to be the recipient of this very generous gift. The funds will support the new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at NRGH.
Photo: Jen Reinhard, Branch Manager, Aulds Road (on left) and Joanna Goldsbury, Branch Manager, Port Place (on right) are joined by RN’s Euni Jo, Alison Lemon, Kim Racette and Liz Manson