Hospital Emergency Department

Renovation and Expansion Project

 

 THE INCREASED DEMANDS ON OUR EMERGENCY DEPT. CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES OUR NEED FOR A MAJOR EXPANSION

IN TERMS OF SPACE, EQUIPMENT AND RESOURCES.

 

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The Nicola Valley Health Care Endowment Foundation has provided funding since 1988 for such projects as the furnishing/equipping of the Coquihalla House and Gillis House, building the Berta Fraser Centre, and adding equipment and other upgrades to the acute care hospital.
Funding for these health-related services comes primarily from long-term investment of donations given by the local community, as well as specifically focused campaigns such as the current Emergency Facility upgrade. All funds donated to the Foundation go directly to local health-care. The Foundation is a registered charitable organization, and receipts are issued for tax purposes.

THE NUMBER OF EMERGENCY VISITS HAVE INCREASED STEADILY AS INDICATED BY INTERIOR HEALTH STATISTICS FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS WITH THE TREND CONTINUING INTO 2017.


This increased volume is stretching our resources as we struggle to provide treatment in a timely manner.

A major factor inpacting this growth is increased traffic on the Coquihalla corridor which has become the primary highway system linking the lower mainland with points east.

THE INCREASED DEMANDS ON OUR EMERGENCY DEPT. CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES OUR NEED FOR A MAJOR EXPANSION IN TERMS OF SPACE, EQUIPMENT AND RESOURCES.

Our new Emergency facility will provide sufficient space, state of the art medical equipment and staffing resources to meet current and future needs of the residents of the Nicola Valley.

The project is anticipated to cost approximately 6.5 million dollars to be shared by the Government of B.C. through Interior Health, the Thompson Nicola Regional District (T.N.R.D.), the Nicola Valley Health Care Auxiliary, and the Nicola Valley Health Care Endowment Foundation.
The Foundation has committed to raising $550,000 within the community to ensure the purchase of all the necessary equipment and furnishings for trauma and treatment areas, nursing stations, medication room and reception area, as well as providing monitors and expanded capabilities for resuscitation and oxygen needs,, medication room and reception area.

The original Emergency Ward was designed to meet our communities needs over 50 years ago and has been enlarged over the years to the current footprint of 1076 sq. ft. With our Hospital now at the intersection of four busy highways including the Coquihalla Corridor, and serving a population of approximately 12,000 people, the new facility will be expanded to 5380 sq. ft.



ALL OF US IN THE NICOLA VALLEY HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN OUR HEALTH CARE FACILITIES.

There is a pledge form on the back of this booklet to provide a gift that will help serve our needs now and into the future.

Donations can be made in several ways:

  • CASH/CREDIT CARD/CHEQUE and online at www.nvhcef.com
  • An official receipt for Income Tax purposes will be issued for all donations of $25.00 & over, or upon request.
  • SECURITIES: By donating Appreciated Securities directly to the Foundation you pay no tax on the capital gains, plus you receive a receipt for the full market value of your donation, entitling you to a generous tax credit.
  • IN MEMORIUM GIFTS: The Public is encouraged to consider a donation to the Foundation in memory of one who has passed on. The donor receives the same income tax advantage as listed above.



"We need the help of everyone in the community to ensure patients will receive timely treatment in a state of the art Health Care environment."

The new Emergency wing will be a benefit to all families in the Nicola Valley and we need and welcome support at all levels to achieve our fundraising objective. Donations less than $100.00 will be gratefully accepted and this group will be a major factor in our campaign.

We are also reaching out to individuals, families, business leaders and corporations who have the desire and resources to contribute at a higher level.

We have established the following levels:


A Donor Wall will be constructed to recognize the above contributions. This Wall will be created and permanently mounted in the Emergency Reception Area.

INTERIOR SAVINGS HAS PLEDGED THEIR SUPPORT TO OUR FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE

Interior Savings has agreed to accept donations — account number 1225325 — and provide receipts for tax purposes on our behalf.
Upon request, they will implement monthly/ quarterly deductions for Interior Savings members.
ie: $100.00/month x12 months = $1200.00 This will provide funds for a donation at a later date.

Interior Savings has also agreed to contribute to the costs of design,printing and distribution of the booklets.

The Foundation extends sincere appreciation to Interior Savings for their assistance in helping us make our plan a reality.

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Endorsements

  • "Hospitals and Health Care Centres are the cornerstones of communities. When people are deciding where to live, they look to the availability of modern services to help make their decisions"
    M.L.A. Jackie Tegart
  • "The Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre plays a key role in the provision of emergency health services in Merritt and the Coquihalla corridor. This important investment in Merritt’s emergency department will ensure that patients will get care in a state of the art health care environment."
    Former Health Minister Terry Lake
  • "This renovation and expansion will change the face of the Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre. Our employees and physicians do outstanding work providing excellent emergency care in the region. This project will allow them to do the work they do best, in an environment that meets today's best practice standards."
    Interior Health Board Chair John O’Fee O.C
  • "Our dedicated volunteers work hard to generate income for the hospital — we are proud to be supporting this project."
    Nicola Valley Health Care Auxiliary President Betty Doberstein
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