The McMurtry-Baerg Cancer Centre has doubled in size, thanks in part to the fundraising efforts of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, which raised $500,000 to complete the expansion and renovations.
With the extra space – which includes more exam and consultation rooms – staff and physicians are able to care for patients with enhanced privacy. That goes a long way to improve the difficult journey taken by cancer patients during the course of their treatments.
“The mission of the VJH Foundation is to support excellence in health care in the North Okanagan,” says Greg Mussenden, President of the VJH Foundation Board of Directors.
“When the Foundation realized that there was vacated space available for the Cancer Centre expansion, but funds for the necessary renovations were not available, we were pleased to spring into action to fulfill that need.”
In addition to individual and community donors, a number of events including the 2012 Charity Classic, JCI Vernon Hospital 2012 Gala, local Subway restaurants, and the City of Vernon raised a total of $159,766.
The McMurtry-Baerg Cancer Centre opened at VJH in 1998. At the time, about 1,600 patients visited the centre every year. Today, the centre sees more than 3,500 patients a year who make approximately 10,000 annual visits.