Big hospital donation
Deborah Pfeiffer - Feb 10, 2017 - Get Involved

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The new patient care tower at Penticton Regional Hospital was given a significant financial boost on Thursday.

Representatives from the hospital were on hand to receive the Valley First donation of $150,000 for the tower.

“Equal to our mission of simplifying the financial lives of our members is our commitment to making a meaningful difference in our local communities,” said Valley First president Susan Ewanick. “Strong healthy communicates are the backbone of strong healthy economies. We see the new patient care tower as essential to the ongoing vitality and growth of Penticton and its residents.”

Carey Bornn, executive director of the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation, thanked Valley First for the gift, saying they had raised more than $13 million in the campaign to fund medical equipment in the new tower, with about $7 million left to go.

“Through this very generous donation Valley First has again shown why they are one of our community’s most valued supporters,” he said. “This grant goes a long way towards helping the medical foundation realize our goal to provide the medical equipment for the PRH expansion.”

Construction is already underway on the $312.5 million patient care tower. It’s expected to open its doors in 2019.

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