About

our mission

The mission of Peace Arch Hospital Foundation is to raise funds and awareness to enhance the health and wellness of our community. Our passionate and caring team’s number one priority is the prudent stewardship of your gifts and the resulting positive impact on patients and medical staff at Peace Arch Hospital and the entire White Rock/South Surrey community.

our past and present

Established in 1988, the Foundation launched with its first Executive Director, Elaine Merrell - a one-person fundraising team supported by a dedicated Board of Directors, who shared a vision for a healthier community. Early on, the Foundation focused on funding the purchase of much-needed medical equipment. This commitment remains today, with the Foundation investing up to $1 million annually toward the purchase of leading-edge medical technology, tools that help attract and retain skilled medical professionals in our community.

Today, our fundraising efforts now include capital equipment funding and site development projects. In the 1990s, this included the purchase of a CT Scanner and an ER renovation, and in 2007 we launched the Partners in Caring campaign. This ambitious fundraising campaign raised $24 million in four years and completed four projects that included new acute care space on the 5th and 6th floors of Peace Arch Hospital, a new MRI, a new maternity ward and the Horst & Emmy Werner Centre for Active Living, an integrated facility for health improvement.

For many years, the Foundation, under the leadership of our volunteer Board of Directors, has broadened its mandate to invest in vital health care projects that reach beyond the hospital campus. Through our Healthy Community Grants program and projects like the Horst & Emmy Werner Centre for Active Living, our fundraising efforts have directly impacted our community - both residents and organizations - and have improved health throughout the White Rock and South Surrey area.  

Peace Arch Hospital is deeply rooted in the community, and since 1988, the Foundation has been too. We've raised more than $100 million for investment in the hospital and community health initiatives through diversified fundraising programs and lotteries. 

On May 27, 2014, the Foundation was accredited under Imagine Canada's stringent national Standards Program, becoming one of the first hospital foundations in Canada to earn this credential. Learn more about this achievement and what it means for our donors and supporters. As a community-focused White Rock and South Surrey charity, we are extremely proud of this accomplishment.


Our strategic directives

Each spring the Foundation's Board of Directors revisits our Strategic Plan to refine and revise as necessary in order to meet our strategic goals. A set of strategic directives for the next three years is established based on those goals and a number of objectives are created. The strategic directives for the Foundation until 2018 include:

1. Retain and strengthen current supporter relationships

2. Grow new supporter relationships

3. Build a healthier community

4. Pursue community partnerships

our future

Peace Arch Hospital is set to expand! Fraser Health, in collaboration with Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, has completed the Master Concept Plan (MCP) for the Peace Arch Hospital site. Finalizing the MCP was the first step in Fraser Health’s process to assess the needs and confirm the future vision for our hospital.

The plan identifies the following immediate priorities be addressed in the next five years:

Expansion of our Emergency Department - this project breaks ground in 2017 and will open in 2020
Expansion of Residential Care capacity - a brand new 200-bed residential care and hospice facility will open in 2020
Redevelopment of operating and surgical inpatient rooms

Future priorities over the next six to 20 years include:

New Intensive Care Unit
New Acute Care tower

The Foundation – in collaboration with Fraser Health – developed two detailed business cases; one for the new Emergency Department, the other for the expanded Residential Care facility, which includes a new residential hospice. These projects were officially announced on May 1, 2015 and construction will begin shortly.

In the interim, the Foundation proactively started to raise funds and establish the necessary financial reserves to finance these significant initiatives, which have an estimated cost of $65 million. We are well on our way to achieving our goal!

As always, the Foundation looks forward to working in close partnership with our community to successfully complete these urgently needed expansion projects.

Legal Name and Registered Charitable Number

Please note our legal name is Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation and our Registered Charitable Business Number is #12731 1348 RR0001.