Lotto proceeds equip new ER

Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation continues to fundraise for the emergency room expansion at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital emergency room nurses Jennie Brookes

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital emergency room nurses Jennie Brookes

The purchase of a Lotto for Life ticket could possibly save a life as the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation continues to fundraise for the new emergency room expansion at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Tickets for the 19th annual lotto are on sale across central Vancouver Island with proceeds to help purchase lifesaving equipment for the new ER set to open in the summer of 2012.

The emergency room expansion has been a top priority for the foundation over the past two years. It has committed to raise $4 million for equipment for the $36.9 million project.

Five thousand $100-tickets are available for 76 prizes including a $100,000 grand prize, fishing adventures to Haida Gwaii, new vehicles and home entertainment systems.

Ticket sale deadlines are Feb. 15 for the Feb. 24 early bird draw, and March 23 for the March 31 final draw.

The current ER was designed for 15,000 visits a year, but saw more than 55,000 patients last year.

The new expansion will triple the size of the existing space, use LEED Gold standards and offer both emergency and psychiatric services in one department.

To purchase tickets, please call 250-755-7640 or view a list of ticket outlets at

The Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation provides funding for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, Dufferin Place extended care facility in Nanaimo, Eagle Park in Qualicum Beach and Trillium Lodge  in Parksville.

The foundation also operates the Nanaimo Lifeline Program and Code Brew coffee kiosk located in the NRGH lobby.

For more information, please go to

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