VJH Foundation Completes Tower of Care Campaign Early
On September 23, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation hosted a celebration at VJH to announce the completion of the Building a Tower of Care Campaign, Phase II.
“Due to the generosity of the North Okanagan community and beyond, Tower of Care, Phase II has been a great success, surpassing its goal of $2.5 million in less than two years,” said Elise Allan, VJH Foundation President.
The Campaign was launched in November 2013, to raise funds to equip and furnish the top two floors of Polson Tower to alleviate capacity issues at VJH.
“We anticipated this to be a three-year fundraising initiative,” said Campaign Co-Chair Richard Finn. “Finishing a year early is a testament to the generosity and determination of North Okanagan residents, businesses and organizations. These past two years has been an incredible experience, seeing our community joining together and making positive advancements for our families, our friends and our neighbours.”
The campaign was bolstered by major gifts from the Kiwanis Club of Vernon – Four Seasons, whose $250,000 donation resulted in an opportunity to name the 6th Floor of the Tower. The Armstrong/Spallumcheen Health Care Auxiliary donated $110,000 from proceeds of sales at the Bargain Bin thrift store in Armstrong. The 4th, 5th and 6th annual VJH Foundation Charity Classic events sponsored by TELUS and Predator Ridge Resort raised $528,780.62 net for the Campaign, while the Foundation’s Light a Bulb 2013 and 2014 campaigns raised a combined $504,108.
“It is also important to acknowledge that a significant number of campaign contributions were less than $500,” said Campaign Co-Chair Chris Cunningham. “Every donation made an impact in helping us achieve our mission to support health care in the North Okanagan.”
Allan thanked the Campaign Leadership volunteers including Co-Chairs Dr. Chris Cunningham and Richard Finn, Myrika Godard, Peter Hill, Gurjit Jhajj, Darryl O’Brian, On Ouchs and Rob Tedham.
Construction is anticipated to be completed by October 31, 2015. From November to January, equipment will be installed, staff will receive training on new procedures and equipment usage, and terminal sanitizing cleaning will take place. Inpatients on the 2 and 3 floors will be moved onto the new floors at the end of January, with direct admissions to the 6th and 7th floors scheduled to take place at the beginning of February 2016.
Additional funds raised will be directed to refurbishing the vacated space on 2nd and 3rd floors of the Jubilee Building at VJH.
Four semi-private and 22 single-bed rooms per floor will help promote improved patient experience by providing access to light and views, decreased noise levels, a family and nursing zone in every room, and improved infection prevention and control features. Every bed will include a patient lift to decrease incident of falls and staff injuries.
Each floor will feature a Quiet Room, Nourishment Centre, Tub & Shower Room, as well as an Airborne Isolation Room designed to reduce airborne transmitted infections.
Allan also introduced the Foundation’s Board of Directors elected at the September 22 Annual General Meeting.
The new Board comprises: Elise Allan, President; Richard Finn – Vice President; Greg Hamilton – Treasurer, Kevin Arbuckle, Marg Bailey, Sandra Borden, Dr. Michael Concannon, Richard Harding , Joanne Kineshanko, Gloria Morgan, Paul Morgan (no relation), Wilf Mulder, Greg Mussenden, Richard Rolke, Gladys Schroeter. The Foundation Directorship includes members representing Armstrong, Coldstream, Enderby, Lumby, Spallumcheen and Vernon.
The Foundation also unveiled a new logo that focuses on the ‘Foundation,’ highlighting the support provided to much-needed areas of health care in addition to Vernon Jubilee Hospital. VJH Foundation funds the most crucial health care needs; specialized equipment, staff education and residential care facilities and community based programs in Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby and Lumby, which include seniors’ day programs, health-related support groups, and patient comforts. Examples are the Lions Vision Centre in Armstrong, Granville Getaway Adult Day Program in Enderby, Public Health programs in Lumby and Cherryville, as well as staff training in the Emergency Department at VJH.