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1,000 Teddy Bears for NRGH!

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Thank you to Sands Funeral Chapel – Nanaimo for their generous donation of Teddy bears! They have committed to donating 1,000 throughout the year with the first 250 arriving just recently. They will provide much comfort to many children receiving medical care at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Photo: Sarah Smith, Laura McKinnon & Wendy Douglas, Sands Funeral Chapel

Donation Inspired by Personal Connection

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Thank you to Cross & Company for their generous $2,500 donation! The funds will be used towards our campaign to build the new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Jared Cross, owner of Cross & Company, has a very personal reason for making the gift. His father received a colonoscopy at NRGH during which polyps were found and removed before they could turn into cancer. The new surgical suite will reduce wait times so our loved ones, like Jared’s father, can get this potentially life saving procedure sooner and closer to home.

Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation, Jared Cross & Kennedy Baker, Cross & Company

Dragon Boaters Reach $50K in Lifetime Giving

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Thank you to Abreast of Life dragon boat team for their generous $5,500 donation. To date, they have donated over $50,000 for healthcare in our community!

Their latest gift will help build the new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at NRGH. The new suite will help reduce wait times for colonoscopies, a vital procedure that can save lives. Used for diagnosing serious illnesses such as colon cancer, the sooner our loved ones can get a colonoscopy, the sooner they diagnosis and treatment.

Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation, Brenda Dutton, Patricia Boychuk, Bonnie Rowley, Karen Thompson, Lucie Gosselin, Rosemary Lysak, Susan Lanziner

Kidney Foundation Grant Supports Renal Services

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Thank you to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch for their generous $10,000 donation!

Approximately 180 patients each year use the services of four Kidney Dialysis Units located at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, within the greater Nanaimo area, Port Alberni and Cumberland.

The $10,000 grant will fund the purchase of new medical equipment to provide even better care for dialysis patients in our region. The new temporal thermometres will be more reliable in reading body temperatures. The new blood pressure monitors will replace aging machines that are not reading as accurately as they should due to age.

Randy Spensley, second from left, is a kidney transplant recipient. As a dialysis patient himself for four years, he knows first hand the importance of medical staff having the most up to date equipment to care for patients. Due to the care and support he has received, Randy is doing extremely well. And as an Engagement Officer – Community Initiatives with the Kidney Foundation, he is helping raise awareness about kidney disease, resources available and organ donation.

Smile Cookies Raise Big Dough!

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Thank you to the Nanaimo Tim Hortons stores for their generous $18,314 donation and to all who purchased a Smile Cookie in September! We are grateful for the support we receive year after year for healthcare in our community.

To date, the Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign has raised $149,000 for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation and NRGH!

   

Starlight & Toys “R” Us Support Kids in Hospital

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The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation is grateful to once again receive $2,000 from the Toys “R”Us | Babies“R”Us Canada grant program! The funds will help stock the Treasure Chest in the Paediatrics Department at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). The Treasure Chest toys provide a much-needed distraction for children of all ages, from toddlers to teens, while they receive medical care at the hospital. The toys can help patients face the stress of treatment or alleviate the boredom of waiting for the next appointment.

In the past year, thanks to Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada and Toys“R”Us | Babies“R”Us Canada , NRGH has also received a Hospital Grant, Comfort Kits, Baby Kits, Baby & Toddler Kits, NICU/PICU Resources and other support for NRGH patients and their families. It would not be possible to provide all of these items without their funding. Their contributions are a valuable component of patient comfort and care for our young patients at NRGH.

The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation is among 85 charities who received funding from the Toys“R”Us | Babies“R”Us Canada grant program to support distractive entertainment for hospitalized children. Nationally, tens of thousands of seriously ill and hospitalized children will benefit through other grant programs including the distribution of 7,000 Emergency Room Admit Kits; 10,000 Baby & Toddler Kits; and equipment for 100 NICU/PICU’s across Canada. Learn more about these and other incredible programs on Starlight’s website at https://www.starlightcanada.org/our-programs/

All of this is possible due the commitment and effort of Toys“R”Us and Starlight. Since introducing their fundraising program during 1998’s holiday season, Toys“R”Us Canada has been able to raise more than $20 million dollars for Starlight, supporting hundreds of thousands of during that time! In 2019, the eleventh year of the TRU grant program, over $1,000,000 has been distributed to hospitals across Canada.

Thank you Toys“R”Us | Babies“R”Us Canada and Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada for your generosity and support!

Longwood Brews Up Great Event!

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A big thank you to Longwood Brewery for their $2,000 donation! Funds were raised through their incredible event, Longwoodstock in September. The donation will go towards the new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at NRGH. This project is so important as up to 35% more colonoscopies will be able to be performed, a vital procedure that can prevent colon cancer if caught early. Learn more about our current campaign to raise the remaining $1 million needed to build the surgical suite at http://bit.ly/NRGHENDO

Photo: Janice Krall, CDO & Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation; Tracy McLean & Harley Smith, Longwood Brewery; Dave St. Jean, Longwoodstock Festival Director

Newman’s Own Continues Generous Support

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Thank you to Newman’s Own Foundation for their generous $10,000 (USD) donation! To date, they have donated over $95,000 (CAD) to support healthcare in our community.

Their latest donation will help purchase vital medical equipment for the new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Once complete, medical staff will be able to perform up to 35% more colonoscopies. This will greatly reduce wait times for this vital procedure for central Vancouver Island residents!

Thank you also to Quality Foods for nominating the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation to be a grant recipient again this year.

Photo: Mark Tilley, VP Int’l, Newman’s Own Foundation; Greg Scott, Board Chair, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation (NDHF); Justin Schley, VP, Quality Foods (QF); Mike Dziadyk, Buyer, QF; Noel Hayward, President, QF; Moira Jenkins, Board Vice Chair, NDHF; Dianna Rivard, VP, Marketing, QF; Janice Perrino, CEO, NDHF; Mike Bellefontaine, Business Development Manager, QF

RBC Supports New Surgical Suite

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Thank you to RBC for their generous $1,000 donation! The funds will support our campaign to build a new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at NRGH.

Approximately 2,500 patients are waiting for a colonoscopy at NRGH. Another 1,000 are waiting for other endoscopic procedures. Once the new surgical suite is complete, capacity will increase up to 35% greatly reducing wait times for patients in central Vancouver Island.

Reduced wait times are critical as colonoscopies make up 80% of the procedures and can be life saving. They are used to diagnose and, in some cases, can prevent serious illnesses such as colon cancer.


Photo: Kevin Krampl, Community Manager Nanaimo Market, RBC, Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, Kate Cooper, RVP Associate & Lorelei Crowhurst, Branch Manager, RBC

CIBC Helping to Fight Colon Cancer

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Thank you to CIBC for their generous $10,000 donation! The funds will be used towards the new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at NRGH!

Colonoscopies make up 80% of the procedures and can be life saving. They are used to diagnose and, in some cases, can prevent serious illnesses such as colon cancer. Once the new surgical suite is complete, capacity will increase up to 35%. Wait times will be greatly reduced for patients in central Vancouver Island.

Photo: Gary Rodwell, Sr Manager, CIBC Commercial Banking, Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, Gary Griffin, Director, CIBC Commercial Banking