Generous donation to hospital care tower fund

Penticton businessman David Kampe made a generous donation to the Penticton Hospital patient care tower campaign recently.

PENTICTON - A local businessman has provided a big boost to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s $20 million fundraising effort.

David Kampe, owner of the Peters Brothers Group of Companies, became the first major individual donor with his $2 million donation to the new patient care tower at Penticton Regional Hospital.

Kampe said he wants his donation to help ensure top quality health care for residents in the region for decades to come, and hopes it will spur others to do the same.

“While there aren’t enough words to say ‘thank you’ it is important for the public to know what an incredible hero David Kampe is for our entire region,” said hospital foundation executive director Janice Perrino.

“He has quietly supported so many things in our communities and I have never met anyone more determined to make sure every person in our region has the best health care possible, right in Penticton, for decades to come,” she said.

In 2011 Kampe donated a one hectare parcel of land at Industrial Avenue and Camrose Street, just south of the hospital. That donation was worth $1.5 million.

The new patient care tower will include surgical rooms, ambulatory care clinics and 84 single patient rooms. The second phase of the project will enlarge the emergency department to almost four times the size of the existing emergency facility.

The foundation will provide $20 million towards the total cost of the approximate $325-million project.

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