Foundation Notebook

John Moorhouse is the development and communications officer for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. For information on donating, please call 250-492-9027 or visit:

Getting ready for Tree of Dreams

For the past 12 years, the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation has reached out to residents in our region through our annual Tree of Dreams fundraising campaign.

This marks the third consecutive year we have focused on providing the medical equipment for the new David E. Kampe Tower under construction at Penticton Regional Hospital.

We’re proud to announce we have now reached the $15-million mark in our $20-million campaign — thanks to generous support from residents, service organizations and businesses throughout the South Okanagan Similkameen. However, that leaves $5 million to go – still a very significant amount.

The 2017 Tree of Dream brochures are about to be sent out in the mail. If you have donated in the past, thank you for your support. If you haven’t previously been able to give, please remember no donation is too small. Your contribution will help provide quality health care for our region.

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Meanwhile, construction continues on the new PRH tower. The recent “topping off” ceremony involving Health Minister Adrian Dix, local MLAs Dan Ashton and Linda Larson, and other dignitaries saw the final steel beam put into place in the six-storey tower.

Kudos to Interior Health for giving local residents and hospital staff (as well as the dignitaries) an opportunity to sign the beam before it was raised. I’m not sure of the final count, but there must have been hundreds of names on the beam which was placed into the elevator shaft. A tiny bit of history in the making!

The tower now looks like a real building, but its opening still remains more than a year away. It will be ready for patients in late April 2019, when work will begin on Phase 2 including a major upgrade to the Emergency Department.

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A big thank you to members of the Royal Canadian Legion. The Okanagan Falls Legion (Branch 227) and the Penticton Legion (Branch 40) Auxiliary both recently made sizeable donations to our PRH campaign.

Branch No. 227 has now contributed an incredible $26,600 while Branch No. 40 has given a further $22,000 towards acquiring medical equipment for the hospital expansion.

Legion branches throughout the South Okanagan-Similkameen have contributed more than $53,000 towards their five-year $90,000 pledge to the Foundation’s PRH tower campaign. Our thanks to everyone at the Legion for this fantastic support.

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PRH has been extremely lucky over the years to have such an active auxiliary. Actually, there are two separate organizations – the Penticton Hospital Auxiliary and the Gift Shop Auxiliary – which have both been incredibly supportive of the SOS Medical Foundation.

The Hospital Auxiliary is holding another raffle draw for a pair of tickets to any WestJet destination, with a $250 second prize and $100 for third. Tickets are $5 each available at the Gift Shop in the PRH lobby. Draw date is Dec 23rd.

A reminder that the PRH Auxiliary is again offering gift wrapping services at Cherry Lane this Holiday Season. They’ll be set up opposite the Food Court from Dec 1-24.

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Speaking of Christmas, if you’re stuck for a gift idea why not consider a donation to the SOS Medical Foundation’s PRH campaign.

You can make the donation in honour of the gift recipient.

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