WHITE ROCK, B.C. – The fire departments of both Surrey and White Rock have made their final payment on a monumental gift to Peace Arch Hospital, donating a total of $500,000 to the new emergency department currently under construction. In recognition of their generosity and commitment to a hospital that serves both of their communities, the waiting area of a new Mental Health and Substance Abuse Zone, as well as a seclusion room and quiet/consultation room will be named in their honors.

“As First Responders, Surrey and White Rock Firefighters consistently go above and beyond to protect and serve our community,” said Stephanie Beck, Peace Arch Hospital Foundation’s Executive Director. “In that same spirit, they have now completed an incredible $500,000 donation pledge to Peace Arch Hospital’s new ER. We are so very grateful for their generosity and their service.”

As the population of White Rock and South Surrey increases, the number of patients requiring mental health treatment increases accordingly. The expansion of Peace Arch Hospital’s ER facilities, and the creation of a dedicated Mental Health Treatment and Substance Abuse Zone, will help ensure medical staff can provide a higher level of care for mental health patients, many of whom are the most vulnerable and sensitive patients encountered at the hospital. “This incredible gift from the Surrey and White Rock firefighters supports our community’s need for mental health services,” said Stephanie Beck. “The philanthropy and partnership demonstrated from both fire departments is a wonderful example of our two cities working together for a healthier community for all.”