Ulrike and Don Gibbs have donated $50

Ulrike and Don Gibbs have donated $50

Vernon couple make major donation to hospital

Don and Ulrike Gibbs have provided $50,000 towards the $2.5 million Building a Tower of Care, Phase II campaign.

A local couple’s personal experience with Vernon Jubilee Hospital has led to a sizable donation.

Don and Ulrike Gibbs have provided $50,000 towards the $2.5 million Building a Tower of Care, Phase II campaign.

“The hospital expansion is a community project that most of the population will use and benefit from at some point in the future.  Everyone will need the hospital one day or another,” said Ulrike Gibbs, adding that their four children were born at VJH.

Don Gibbs has also sat as a volunteer member of the VJH ethics committee for 10 years.

“It is a place where there is a stable pool of employees and physicians who have a long history of working together.  VJH offers more neighbourly care, unlike the less personal environment that can be felt in hospitals that have higher staff turnover,” he said.

The Gibbs’ donation will go towards one of two rehabilitation activity rooms which will allow post-surgical easy access to necessary rehabilitation equipment, enabling faster recovery times.

“We are very thankful for the generous support that Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs are providing to VJH and residents of the North Okanagan,” said Sue Beaudry, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation director of development.

“Their contribution is much-needed and helps inspire others in the community to take part in the campaign.”

To date, the Building a Tower of Care campaign Phase II has raised more than $626,519 towards its $2.5 million goal.