The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation was established in 1981 as an independent society whose sole purpose is to raise capital funds for Vernon Jubilee Hospital. With the establishment of Interior Health in 2001 and the reorganization of health care in the North Okanagan, the Foundation’s mandate expanded.
Today, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation is responsible for supporting and administering funds for:
Long-Term Care Facilities
Noric House; Parkview Place; Pleasant Valley Manor; Polson Manor; Polson Special; The Gateby
Community Care Programs
Day Break; Enderby Community Health; Granville Get Away; Lions Vision Centre; Mental Health; Pleasant Valley Health Centre; Vernon Community Health & Public Health Programs throughout the North Okanagan.
Vernon Jubilee Hospital
Vernon Jubilee Hospital and its Interior Health healthcare partners are situated in the North Okanagan. Working with the community, the Foundation exists to enhance healthcare, improve programs and education in acute care, residential care, community and mental health.
In 1895, after a diphtheria epidemic struck Vernon, a committee led by Mrs. F Cameron began to canvas the city of Vernon and surrounding district for funds for a much needed hospital. In honour of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, it was named Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Thanks to the tireless fundraising efforts of Mrs. Clara Cameron, wife of Vernon’s Mayor, its doors opened to patients in late 1897. It offered sixteen beds and the rates were set at $1.50 per day for a public ward and $2.00 per day for a private room. There was no indoor plumbing. It became more commonly known as the Cottage Hospital.
Since then, VJH has provided outstanding acute care services to its patients. Today, Vernon Jubilee Hospital has 148 acute care beds at VJH and 746 residential, assisted living and short stay bed in Armstrong, Enderby, Lumby and Greater Vernon.
VJH serves the community as one of four Service Area Hospitals operating in Interior Health’s network of health care facilities, offering a variety of medical and surgical specialties. Programs such as Home, Community, Public, Mental Health and a wide variety of seniors’ care programs are offered in throughout the North Okanagan. All of these programs work in tandem with the hospital to ensure complete and continuing health care for patients beyond their hospital stay.