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$750,000 donation to new trauma centre at Royal Inland Hospital

A look at the proposed patient care tower from the south, by the Peterson Creek entrance.
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November 05, 2019 - 10:21 AM

Royal Inland Hospital will be receiving a $750,00 donation from the Stollery Charitable Foundation over the next four years, with the money going towards the trauma inpatient unit, a part of the patient care tower that is currently being constructed. The donation comes as a part of the foundation's 25-anniversary celebration.

The Stollery Foundation was started in Edmonton in 1994 by Bob and Shirley Stollery, who wanted to teach their family the importance of giving back, according to a Royal Inland Hospital Foundation media release. Stollery Charitable Foundation has donated over $36 million in grants since its inception, with most of the money focused on projects around poverty, education, health and human rights in Edmonton. The foundation has donated over $7 million to 35 different charities in the Kamloops area over the years.

“Our local hospital has been one of the pillars of our foundation from the get-go,” foundation board director Spencer Bryson says in the release. “The needs for trauma care in Kamloops are significant. The medical team requires an efficient workplace - they deserve it - and we hope that the creation of a new, specialized trauma inpatient unit at RIH will help with that efficiency and will also attract more doctors to Kamloops.”

Kerri Priddle, chair of the board of directors of the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, says the money will be used to purchase new equipment for the trauma care centre in the patient care tower.

“This generous donation will allow RIH to purchase top-of-the-line equipment, which will make a difference in patient care for years to come,” Priddle says in the release. “We are very excited at the prospects these funds bring and extremely thankful to the Stollery Charitable Foundation.”

Shirley and Bob Stollery, who began the Stollery Charitable Foundation in 1994.
Shirley and Bob Stollery, who began the Stollery Charitable Foundation in 1994.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Stollery Charitable Foundation

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