The Royal Inland Hospital Foundation has officially launched its largest fundraising campaign ever —a bid to raise $35 million in the next to years to fund various endeavours at the Kamloops hospital.
To date, $15.2 million has already been raised.
The Together We Rise campaign was launched on Wednesday, April 21, via an online presentation on YouTube, hosted by campaign cabinet chair Jim Reynolds and RIH Foundation CEO Heidi Coleman. From there, they introduced various guests — including medical staff and politicians testifying to the importance of the facility and patients with poignant stories to tell of their recoveries at RIH.
Also on hand was Dr. Todd Ring, chief of staff at RIH, who took viewers on a tour of the nine-storey, $417-million patient-care tower, which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2022.
The new building will include more than 100 private patient rooms, along with a helicopter landing pad on the roof, a spacious main entrance and an inviting atrium. The tower will also include youth and adult mental-health units, a new surgical floor with 13 operating theatres, maternal and child health services, a rehabilitation unit and trauma, stroke and neurosciences units.
Funds raised via the Together We Rise campaign will go toward purchasing medical equipment and patient comfort items in both the new tower and areas of the existing hospital which will undergo major renovations starting in 2022 (pediatrics unit, emergency department and post-anesthetic recovery).
“Our health-care region is vast, with RIH at the centre of a large geographical region that includes over 225,000 citizens,” Reynolds said. “At some in point in time, it’s likely that everyone will require health-care services, either within their communities or at RIH. We want to ensure that the care received is the best it can be for all patients.”
Tracey Rannie, Royal Inland Hospital’s executive director of clinical operations, said the new tower will not only have a significant impact for the people served, but for the entire health-care team.
“The private rooms provide lots of natural light and a quiet space for patients and families as they move through their health-care journey,” Rannie said. “The whole health-care team will benefit from the new, larger spaces with the required equipment so they can continue to provide excellent quality care. This is an exciting time for RIH.”
The environment is also being taken into consideration. EllisDon, the project partner responsible for design and build, is constructing with environmental sustainability in mind. The tower will be a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified building.
With a total project cost of $417 million, the provincial government is contributing $202 million, Interior Health is funding $23 million and the Thompson Regional Hospital District is adding $172 million.
The RIH Foundation has committed to raising $20 million for the tower and will also raise an additional $15 million to meet continual demand for state-of-the-art equipment and special projects. Coleman said she is confident that $35 million goal can be met.
“We are off to a great start thanks to the incredible efforts of the community and business leaders on our campaign committee,” Coleman said. “The amount raised so far, which has just been in the soft launch stage, is very encouraging. We have seen how generous Kamloops and the surrounding communities are when it comes to supporting RIH and I am positive that individual citizens, community groups and local businesses will continue to give in support of this amazing project, which will benefit the entire region for decades to come.”
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