Sacred space officially opens at Kelowna General Hospital

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KELOWNA - The Kelowna General Hospital has a new place for spiritual moments.

The ‘sacred space,’ as it’s called in a press release from the Interior Health Authority, officially opened today. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for people of any religion to come and pray, meditate, or worship in other ways, including First Nations smoke ceremonies.

The space is located on the hospital’s ground floor and cost around $140,000, with funding coming from the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, faith groups and individual donors.

Emmanuel Church lead pastor Jeff Bjorgan’s West Kelowna based congregation was among the groups donating funds, giving $15,000 to support the project.

“The spiritual care facility is an important component to the overall care of patients at the hospital,” he says in the press release. “We’re excited to be a part of this community endeavour.”

The sacred space at Kelowna General Hospital will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The sacred space at Kelowna General Hospital will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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