Gala bolsters health care

The eighth annual JCI Hospital Gala raised $26,800 for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation

The eighth annual JCI Hospital Gala raised $26,800 for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.

Funds will purchase emergency cardiac equipment for transporting patients to the Kelowna General Hospital cardiac care unit. This equipment will help keep both patients and health care staff safe during transport, allowing staff to assist patients while being safely belted-in.

“Once again, we at the foundation are very grateful for the generous support provided by the members of the JCI. This year’s gala was tremendous,” said Elise Allan, VJH Foundation president.

The gala was held April 22 at the Vernon Lodge.

“We are happy to partner with the hospital foundation for such a worthwhile cause,” said Paul Philps, event co-chairperson.

“Every year we become more encouraged by the generosity of our sponsors and supporters. It’s very heartwarming to see the enthusiasm of our community members coming together for this event to ensure the best possible health care. It makes all of our volunteer hours a more rewarding experience.”

Since 2011, the JCI Gala has raised $166,132 for Vernon Jubilee Hospital.