Chryseis Green, the administrative assistant at the new Peninsula Hospital Foundations new satellite office in Sidney said the new space has allowed the foundation to expand its work for the community. (Tim Collins)

Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation’s invites community to open house

Tim Collins /News staff

The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation has issued an invitation to the public to an open house at their new Sidney location.

The satellite office was actually opened in early May when the Foundation found that the extremely limited space they had at the Peninsula Hospital had become too small to allow the group to effectively carry out their work.

The Foundation, founded in 1985 by a group of peninsula residents who wanted to support their new community hospital, raises funds to help fund equipment and facilities at the hospital as well as funding the occasional program not funded through normal health care channels.

“We have had two rooms at the hospital since we started but in that time we’ve experienced a fair amount of growth. We found that, at times, we had up to six people working out of each room and that just wasn’t something we could continue,” explained Karen Morgan, executive director of the foundation.

“In that regard, the modest space we now have in Sidney has been a wonderful addition.”

Morgan recounted how she’s had many people come into the office to express their gratitude for the Sidney office, saying that they can walk to that new location and don’t have to pay for parking in the way they need to do at the hospital.

“Of course, in an ideal world, we would have looked to secure additional space at the hospital, but we know that the clinical departments there are vying for additional space and, of course, they have to be considered first.”

The expansion to the new location has naturally come with the to-be-expected growing pains, largely related to technology and trying to maintain and update the computers that have become vital to the foundation’s operation. Morgan chuckled when asked what the specific problems have been, saying only that it involved technology and coordination.

“The thing is that we’re now moving along quite smoothly, taking donations and planning events and the people at the two offices are in constant communication by email and phone,” she said.

The open house at the 9710 Third Street location takes place on Wednesday, August 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served and guests will have the opportunity to connect with foundation staff to learn about the foundation’s work on behalf of the community.

Just Posted

Victoria hopes to have a fully electric bus fleet by 2030

Business plan to be created, region to request its use as a pilot community for project

Sooke rescinds bench letters, offers apology

District sent out letters asking $2000 for maintenance from those who purchased memorial benches

Six-year-old Sooke boy needs $19,000 a month to treat rare form of arthritis

Mother of sick boy asks government to help fund treatments

Bird watchers gear up for annual count

Count takes place in Langford, Colwood, Victoria, North and Central Saanich

CRD awards contract for waste processing facility at Hartland

Facility will process residual solids into so-called Class A biosolids

VIDEO: Oak Bay senior boys basketball takes Tsumura title

Junior and senior teams host Gary Taylor Classic starting Thursday

Strong economy fuels housing sales in B.C.: report

Economist says demand for houses is being supported by a large number of millennials entering the market

Tequila, hammers and knives: what not to bring on an airplane

Vancouver International Airport staff provide tips on travelling during the holidays

New fighter-jet competition to have national ‘economic interest’ requirement

Trudeau government wants to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s with 88 new fighters by as early as 2025

The top-binged shows on Netflix in 2017

Which show did you cheat on your spouse with by watching ahead?

Ensemble Laude women’s choir to perform in Victoria, Oak Bay this weekend

Choir will sing enchanting winter hymns at Champagne Tea, Spellbound

B.C. polygamous leader argues charge should be dropped in charter challenge

Winston Blackmore argues some of the evidence shouldn’t be used against him

LETTER: Proportional representation makes votes count

Fair Vote Canada representative responds to Tom Fletcher column

B.C. dog owners warn about chain collars after puppy almost strangled

Young Rottweiler pup couldn’t breathe after another dog caught tooth on his collar

Most Read