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Nanaimo hospital foundation campaign raises record $1.8 million

Winter campaign raises money for health-care equipment at NRGH and other mid-Island facilities
The Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation raised more than $1.8 million for health-care improvements during a Winter Giving campaign that started last fall. (News Bulletin file photo)

The Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation raised $1.8 million from 1,800 donors for their Winter Giving campaign, the most successful winter campaign in the charity’s history.

Starting on Nov. 1, the campaign aimed to raise funds to provide urgently needed equipment at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, the Oceanside Health Centre and three long-term care facilities in the mid-Island region.

“This phenomenal show of support from our incredible donors means we can fund equipment on the priority list that the government can’t and take some of the strain off our health-care workers that are doing their absolute best,” said Barney Ellis-Perry, the foundation’s CEO, in a news release.

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He said the charity is starting the allocation process immediately, and “2024 is full of opportunity.”

The donations are expected to buy medical equipment for the new high acuity unit at NRGH, new x-ray suites at the Oceanside Health Cenre, and “many items on the long list of urgently needed medical equipment throughout NRGH.”

This year, the release noted, the foundation plans to play a more active role in advocating for funding for better health-care delivery for mid-Island residents.

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