Steve McKerrell: Victoria Hospitals Foundation making magic, with your support

You Are Vital campaign has raised $3.5 million for more than 100 pieces of urgently needed equipment

When our community unites, we make extraordinary magic happen.

We are stronger when we work together, and together we have achieved our goal for our You Are Vital campaign! Your commitment, enthusiasm and generosity have resulted in $3.5 million raised for over 100+ pieces of urgently needed equipment.

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It’s because of our generous community that we celebrate this achievement; we simply could not do this without you.

When we pull together to improve health care in our community, we lift others up — we change lives.

To every one of you who supported our You Are Vital campaign to fund critical pieces of decision-making equipment across all areas of care at Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals, thank you.

To the doctors and patients who shared their stories, you showed us all why compassionate, quality local patient care makes so pivotal a difference — to our neighbours, our families, ourselves. Thank you.

To our donors, you will equip caregivers with innovative technology that relays critically important information and makes possible immediate, informed action when every second counts. You are investing in the talents of our care teams. You are investing in the health of our community. Thank you.

To our many volunteers and sponsors that support events like Visions, our annual black-tie gala, your hard work and dedication have been instrumental in helping us to reach our goal.

To the Times Colonist, who tells the stories of our doctors and patients, you communicate so well the heart and soul of our campaign and spread it far and wide. Thank you.

To the Jawl Foundation, your impactful $1-million gift in honour of the memory of Sohan Jawl completes this campaign and will help ensure excellent care for the 200,000 Vancouver Island residents treated each year. We are grateful and inspired by your profound, thoughtful generosity. Thank you.

Due to the success of the You Are Vital campaign, we are excited to announce that in a few weeks, we will be launching a companion campaign, You Are Vital: Pediatrics.

This initiative will aim to raise $1.8 million throughout the spring to fund similarly crucial patient monitors in the Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU) Units at Victoria General Hospital.

The campaign will help to alert our pediatric caregivers to any changes or trends in a patient’s symptoms, so they can continue to provide remarkable and responsive care for our youngest and most vulnerable patients.

Thank you again for your outstanding support. What we achieve together is special and it changes lives.

For our patients, for their caregivers, You Are Vital.

Steve McKerrell is the chair of the board of directors for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation.

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