Welcome to the WCGH Foundation
Our Foundation is the key fundraising partner of the West Coast General Hospital. The hospital serves the Alberni Valley, the West Coast communities of Bamfield, Ucluelet and Tofino, and all points in between. The Foundation raises funds to support capital projects that are beyond the budgetary limits of the Hospital to ensure our whole community benefits from enhanced healthcare services. In 29 years of operation, together with our generous donors, we have raised over $4,000,000 to purchase or assist in the purchase of vital equipment for our hospital.
WCGHF Response to the COVID-19 Crisis
During this current health crisis, the Foundation has sensibly curtailed our public presence in the hospital. We have closed the West Coast Café until further notice. Both the Foundation business office and the Alberni Lifeline Monitoring (ALM) office at the hospital are also closed. However, our work continues with our staff serving the community from their home locations. Our published telephone numbers, email addresses and website query systems, both for the Foundation and for Alberni Lifeline Monitoring, are still in operation and we are monitoring our WCGHF and ALM Facebook pages daily. We will answer your calls and messages as quickly as possible.
Island Health has advised that the Provincial and Federal governments are providing all health authorities with the necessary funding to respond effectively to COVID-19, including providing care to those who need it and supporting staff and physicians.
On behalf of the Alberni Valley and West Coast communities served by WCGH, the Foundation wishes to acknowledge with sincere gratitude the efforts of all health care workers, hospital support staff, administration, and public health officials who are working hard to ensure our health and well-being during this challenging time.
The WCGH Foundation remains poised to support our hospital and Westhaven long-term care home once this pandemic has passed. In the meantime, we would ask that our existing donors and others who may now be drawn to support health care in our community consider newly emerging needs our health care facilities may have once the current crisis ends.
Thank you for your on-going generosity, support and understanding. Be safe and be well.
Our latest wrap-around was delivered on 26 February. Your Holiday Season giving allowed us to buy a state-of-the-art blood testing machine for the WCGH Laboratory. Thank you for your generosity!
You’ll see that we are still raising money for Westhaven to purchase a new bath chair. Please help as you can.
We have recently installed new recognition panels in the Westhaven lobby to recognize all donors to Westhaven, past and present. Click here.
2019 Holiday Campaign Success! Your generosity has achieved one of our our holiday goals! We raised enough to buy a Cellavision DC-1 for the WCGH Laboratory. We are still raising money to buy to complete the purchase of an Alenti Bath Chair for Westhaven. We are almost there and hope to meet our goal soon.
The Foundation AGM Elected New Board of Directors A new Board of Directors was elected at the Foundation's Annual General Meeting on 28 November.
Jowsey's Helps the Foundation buy a Panda Warmer for the West Coast General Hospital: The Panda Warmer is a vital piece of equipment to keep newly arrived babies warm. It includes an integrated resuscitation package and is considered the gold standard in delivery rooms across Canada and the United States. Jowsey's and friends were able to donate $2355 towards our purchase of the Panda warmer.
Our Westhaven Campaign: In the Foundation’s first-ever fundraising campaign for Westhaven, your generosity has helped us raise $20,000 to help us buy two medication carts and a washer-sterilizer unit, essential equipment items that are urgently needed by the Westhaven staff. Just as the community has always been so generous in the past for hospital fundraising efforts, we are grateful the same level of support you have offered to Westhaven.
For more details on this initiative, click here.
Punjabi Cultural Event Raises $13,000 for the Foundation!The Port Alberni Guru Nanak Sikh Society helped us raise $13,000 at their annual Punjabi Cultural Event on 21 September at the Echo Centre. The Foundation thanks all the volunteers for their hard work, delicious food and great entertainment. See the complete story with photos at Port Alberni's Guru Nanak Sikh Society raises $13,000 for Hospital Foundation.
West Coast General Hospital Foundation steps up for Westhaven. The foundation responsible for fundraising for the West Coast General Hospital (WCGH) will soon take Westhaven under its wing.
Westhaven Multi-Level Care is a long-term senior care facility located on the WCGH grounds. The Friends of Westhaven Society was formed in 2006 with the goal of providing additional service and fundraising activities to support the residents and staff of the facility, which led to initiatives like a community garden for the facility.
For more details, click here.
ER Nurses Complete Special Training. In mid-July, a group of West Coast General Hospital nurses completed two courses focused on the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to operate effectively in our emergency department. The Foundation provided financial support for this training - the EPICC (Emergency Practice, Interventions and Care Canada) Course and the CAMAN Course.
For more details, click here.
Donors who donate $100 or more annually are entitled apply for membership to the WCGH Foundation. This helps us connect with you more directly and keep you informed of the Foundation’s work throughout the year. For more information click 'Membership’ in the menu and return the completed form to the Foundation office.