Victoria — Patients, families and pediatric staff gathered today to celebrate the opening of a new Pediatric Isolation Room at Victoria General Hospital. The room, which is used to treat children fighting cancer, was generously funded by the community’s efforts through the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, and by the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) and the Capital Regional Hospital District. Representatives from the three organizations spoke about the incredible commitment of the community that made this dream a reality.
“We’re so pleased to be here today to mark this very special occasion,” said Melanie McKenzie, Victoria Hospitals Foundation Executive Director, “but what I’d like to highlight is the wonderful fundraising story behind this room.
“The greatest portion of funds raised for this project came to the Foundation through families whose children have experienced cancer and benefited from the care at Victoria General Hospital. These people gathered together through a number of community events to raise these dollars and inspire our community. I think it is very important that we acknowledge the parents and the oncology team for their hard work and dedication to this resource for children.
The new negative pressure isolation room will protect children from infection when their immune system is compromised. It will also provide additional clinic space to allow more children to receive chemotherapy and supportive care closer to home, decreasing travel time for families.
“The parents who have put their commitment and energy behind this project are inspiring,” said Dr. Brian Sinclair, Medical Director of Pediatrics. “Not only have they supported their own children during challenging times of illness, but they have made a significant contribution to improving care for all children on Vancouver Island. Thank you!”
Victoria General Hospital is Vancouver Island’s pediatric specialty hospital, treating 90% of Vancouver Island children, right here at home. Every year, Victoria General Hospital cares for 20 to 25 children facing cancer.
“This critical project is the result of families seeing a need, finding a way and making a difference that will help kids and their families, as they battle cancer," said Graham Hill, Capital Regional Hospital District Board Chair and Mayor of View Royal. “In addition to the welcomed contributions of VIHA and the Foundation, the Capital Regional Hospital District is pleased to have helped our families in providing this extra barrier of protection and in sharing in a tangible symbol of what can be done when our community comes together.”
The construction of the room cost $135,000, with $121,000 donated by the community through the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, $8,500 from the Vancouver Island Health Authority and $5,400 from the Capital Regional Hospital District.
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About the Victoria Hospitals Foundation
The Victoria Hospitals Foundation works in partnership with the Vancouver Island Health Authority to enable donations to Vancouver Island’s two largest and most comprehensive hospitals: the Royal Jubilee and the Victoria General. Every year we fund approximately 40 per cent of capital equipment purchases for these hospitals. Last year we raised a record $8.4 million for urgently needed medical equipment and special projects that help these two hospitals provide care to all 765,000 residents of Vancouver Island. Since 1989, the Victoria Hospitals Foundation has raised nearly $90million to benefit our hospitals. For more information, call the Foundation at 250-519-1750, or visit www.victoriahf.ca.
Susan Gee, Director, Communications & Annual Giving
Victoria Hospitals Foundation
Jennifer Morgan, Communications Advisor
Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA)