January 04, 2016 - 1:00 PM
PENTICTON - The new year has begun on the right note with a big donation for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.
Roy and Marlene Phillips have contributed $30,000 to the medical foundation’s hospital care tower equipment campaign.
They are grateful for the treatment their grandson received when he underwent open heart surgery one week after being born at Penticton Regional Hospital. Their grandson had been diagnosed with a heart problem shortly after his birth in Penticton and flown to B.C. Children’s Hospital for the surgery.
Roy also had heart problems which were diagnosed at Penticton Regional Hospital. He’s been healthy in the 25 years since that episode, and both he and Marlene are thankful for the care received at the hospital.
The couple moved to the Okanagan in 1966 and relocated to Penticton in 1977. Roy bought the Grove Motors car dealership on Front Street, which he owned until the late 1980s.
Construction of the patient care tower at Penticton Regional Hospital is expected to begin this spring. The money raised by the foundation will be used to provide equipment for the new tower. The fundraising goal is $20 million.
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