Pender Islands Residents Celebrate Expanded Community Health Centre

Oct 03, 2008

Victoria, BC - The Pender Islands community gathered today with members of the Capital Regional Hospital District (CRHD) to celebrate the official opening of the expanded Pender Island Bishop Coleman Memorial Health Centre.

The $1.3 million facility project was funded by generous donations from the Pender Islands community ($700,000) and grants from the Capital Regional Hospital District (CRHD) ($597,396) with additional recognition from the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA).

“This project is a wonderful example of government partnering with local community,” said Chris Clement Chair of the CRHD. “The effort that the Pender Islands community has exhibited is remarkable. Our Board unanimously supported this project and we are excited to be able to assist and see this project through to completion.”

Operated by the non-profit Pender Islands Health Care Society, the Bishop Coleman Memorial Health Centre expansion houses a new medical wing, an emergency treatment centre, enlarged waiting and reception areas and new offices for health practitioners. The existing facility has also been renovated and upgraded to meet the latest safety and fire codes.

The Vancouver Island Health Authority recognizes and supports health care services on Pender Island and congratulates the community on this new, expanded facility.

“The existing building, built by the Pender Lions Club in 1980, was bursting at its seams, and this new expansion will provide for the health care needs of the Pender Islands community,” said Shirley LePers, Pender Islands Health Care Society President. “The project was made possible by a tremendous local fund raising effort, during which 2400 residents and visitors to the Penders contributed, and by the generosity of the CRHD and VIHA.

The Health Centre is also home to series of community based programs and support services. The Pender Islands Health Care society is a local non profit society which owns and manages the facility.

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For further information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3308

Rajat Sharma, Manager
CRD Health Facilities Planning
Tel: 250.360.3114