NRGH extends holiday greetings

New e-mail service connects hospital patients with loved ones.

This Christmas, even when people can’t be there in person, they can stay connected to a friend or family member at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital through the Vancouver Island Health Authority’s new Well Wishes e-mail service.

“These days, families are spread out across the province, the country and the world,” said Stephanie Joyce, VIHA’s project director of care continuum transformation. “We want to help make it easy for loved ones to stay connected with patients.”

Once an e-mail is received, a hospital volunteer will print it out and deliver it to the patient by hand.

To e-mail a patient at NRGH, please send a message, including the patient’s full first and last name and room number to

The system is only set up to receive e-mails and cannot send outgoing replies or confirm patient admission or health status.

Plans are underway to extend the Well Wishes program to other hospitals throughout the health authority.

To find out more about Well Wishes, please visit then follow the link on the coming to hospital page.