Peace Arch Hospital Foundation reaches $15 million fundraising goal for a new ER
Siobhan Philips, board chair for Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, announced today that the $15 million fundraising campaign for a brand new emergency department for Peace Arch Hospital has been completed.
“We officially announced the ER project on May 1, 2015 and we are now thrilled to say that funding is complete for this very important and critically-needed upgrade,” Philips said. “After many years of quietly fundraising before the project was formally approved by the Ministry of Health, we ramped up our efforts in the last 21 months and the community really came through for their hospital.”
Part of the $15 million raised came from a $1 million matching gift from local philanthropists Dave and Rani Mann. With tremendous support from the community, their $1 million was fully matched for a whopping total of $2 million towards ER.
“Between the incredible generosity of our lead donors, including the Mann family, and the way our entire community, both residents and local businesses, has come together to show their support, we are so appreciative and proud of what our donors have accomplished,” said Stephanie Beck, the Foundation’s Executive Director. “This announcement is really about them and the power to affect positive change for health care, right here at home. From the small donations to the lead gifts, every dollar truly made a difference. They made this happen.”
Lead donors include the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary Society with a $1.5 million gift (their largest ever), Vern and Helga Höing with a $600,000 donation, Westland Insurance with $500,000 and the Surrey and White Rock Fire Departments with a combined gift of $500,000. The Foundation’s Board of Directors has also donated more than $600,000 collectively, along with 80 per cent of Peace Arch Hospital physicians gifting more than $145,000 in total.
Next steps include site preparation over the next few months with construction crews breaking ground this fall and scheduled opening of the new facility will take place in 2020.