Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation targets $2.5 million for tower project

Further funding details are known about an expansion at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, a non-profit agency, has committed to raising $2.5 million over three or four years for equipment for two floors in the Polson tower and acute care beds.

“The foundation is very supportive of this project and we are anxious to assist in making the completion of the Polson tower a reality,” said Greg Mussenden, foundation president.

On Feb. 7, Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid announced the two shelled-in floors will be completed at a cost of $29.6 million.

Of that, the provincial government is providing $22 million  and the remainder is coming from the VJHF and the North Okanagan-Columbia-Shuswap Regional Hospital District, although the NOCSRHD has not  agreed to an exact figure yet.

Mussenden says it took the VJHF board some time to determine the level of its commitment.

“It takes a lot of planning and effort to successfully raise funds,” he said.

“While planning the campaign,we will be conscious of the charitable needs of other local not-for-profit organizations.”

As part of developing the campaign, the foundation has created an ad hoc committee to consider how the process will proceed.

“We will be prepared to announce the foundation’s intentions within the coming months,” said Mussenden.

“A formal campaign launch will be made by the foundation once a fundraising plan has been developed.”

Construction of the two floors should begin in the fall, with the project completed by the summer of 2015.


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