CIBC steps forward to boost Penticton Regional Hospital campaign

With this $50,000 donation, CIBC becomes the first financial institution to contribute to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s campaign to supply medical equipment for the new Patient Care Tower at Penticton Regional Hospital. CIBC’s Jeff Gunn, centre left, and John Egyed are joined by the Medical Foundation’s campaign chair Jane Drapeau, left, Lori Motluk of Interior Health, and Janice Perrino of the Foundation.
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PENTICTON - CIBC has become the first financial institution to support the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s $20-million campaign to provide medical equipment for the new Patient Care Tower at Penticton Regional Hospital.

CIBC has pledged $50,000 toward the hospital expansion, including new diagnostic imaging equipment.

“At CIBC, we care about the communities where we live and work, and strive each day to make them stronger,” said John Egyed, CIBC’s District Vice-President, South Okanagan/Kootenay. “We are proud to support cancer treatment and research, and are committed to advancing cancer care and prevention.  The new diagnostic imaging equipment will ensure that South Okanagan residents receive the best care possible.”

Janice Perrino, executive director of the SOS Medical Foundation, said she is delighted by CIBC’s generous support for the Patient Care Tower campaign. “The success of our campaign depends on support from the community and CIBC has shown how much a part of the community it truly is,” Perrino said.

Interior Health expects to select its private sector partner for the Penticton Regional Hospital project in early 2016, with construction of the $325-million Patient Care Tower to begin soon afterwards.  The tower will include new surgical rooms, 84 single-patient rooms, ambulatory care clinics and other facilities.

A second construction phase will see the hospital’s current front lobby and adjacent offices become part of an enlarged Emergency Department – almost four times the size of the existing emergency room. There will also be renovations to the existing pharmacy, as well as the supplies and equipment storage area. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.

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