$3M donation to buy MRI

A Penticton businessman has donated a whopping $3 million to Penticton Regional Hospital for the purchase of a permanent MRI machine.

The huge donation to the South Okanagan Similkameen (SOS) Medical Foundation is being made by David Kampe, owner of Peters Bros. Construction and Inland Contracting. The MRI will be located in the new patient-care tower at PRH. 

Patients in the South Okanagan-Similkameen are currently served by a mobile MRI van, which is shared with communities in the Kootenays. It's at PRH only two weeks each month.  

MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging, which can pick up tissues that don’t show up in X-rays or other scans.

The successful local businessman has quietly supported numerous community causes. 

Penticton-based Peters Bros. is among the top paving contractors in B.C. Inland Contracting and Peters Bros. were founded in the late 1970s and often employ more than 200 people.

Kampe’s latest donation follows a $2-million gift he made last year to the $20-million PRH campaign to provide medical equipment for the new hospital tower.

“My intention is to have Penticton Regional Hospital become a state of the art facility in the Interior, and I hope that others will join in and help make this wish a reality,” he said.

In 2011, he also donated a one-hectare parcel of land at Industrial Avenue and Camrose Street, immediately south of the hospital. The land at the time was valued at $1.5 million and is reserved for future health care use.  During construction of the new tower, it will be used for hospital staff parking.

The $312.5-million tower is funded by the province, Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District, SOS Medical Foundation, and Interior Health Authority.

A permanent MRI was not included in the plan.

Dr. Stacey Piche, radiologist and medical director of medical imaging at PRH, said the impact of the gift cannot be overstated. 

“Getting the appropriate imaging examination in a timely fashion can be critical in making the correct diagnosis and initiating lifesaving treatment,” she said.

"Mr. Kampe has made this MRI possible,” said ​Janice Perrino, the foundation’s executive director. “Because of him, the community benefits tremendously."


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