Our Success Stories
Since the formation of the Foundation in 1995 and with the generous help of individuals and corporate donors, the Pemberton & Squamish Health Care Foundations and through local government and non-profit grants we have raised over $1.3 million. These funds have been used towards the purchase of a wide range of equipment, facilities, training and other health related initiatives that were beyond the scope of the health care budgets. The list below highlights some of these achievements.
These funds have been used towards the purchase of a wide range of equipment and facility improvements that were beyond the scope of the health care budgets. The list below describes these achievements.
Whistler Helipad Upgrades
The Helipad at the Whistler Health Care Centre plays a vital role in ensuring emergency transport is available for critically injured or ill patients. The Ministry of Transportation required upgrades to the existing helipad located directly adjacent to the Whistler Medical Clinic in order for it to remain operational. WHCF contributed $160,000 to make up “a shortfall” in the required $608,000 funding provided by Vancouver Coastal Health Authority in order for the work to be complete to allow the helipad to return to fully operational status.
Mental Health Initiative
The WHCF supported youth mental health with a donation of $25,000 to support the opening of British Columbia’s first ever dedicated Youth Concurrent Disorders Unit at Lions Gate Hospital’s HOpe Clinic. This facility addresses both mental health and substance misuse in youth – two conditions that often exist together. The HOpe Centre is recognized as the provincial leader in providing the “gold standard” of care to mental health patients. The new Youth Concurrent Disorders unit will address a critical gap in mental health and addictions treatments for youth ages 13-18.
State of the Art Diagnostic Equipment
Because the WHCC treats an exceptionally large number of clients with high- level trauma it has been a top priority to provide state of the art diagnostic equipment to enable the very competent health care professionals make timely and accurate diagnosis that can often save a life. Funding for the following equipment has been provided by the Foundation:
- Ultrasound unit and a C-arm (portable xray that provides direct vision during the reduction of fractures).
- Financial support for the installation of teleradiology (computerized imaging). Benefits of the technology include networked access to images from any health care site, reduction of staff exposure to harmful x-ray film processing fumes, better environmental practices and reduction of patient transfers to Squamish or Vancouver. A bedside ultrasound, which allows physicians to diagnose abdominal trauma.
- The GE Corporation gifted the Centre with a million dollar + 64 slice CT scanner. The WHCF along with Pemberton and Squamish Health Care Foundations and the Sea to Sky Regional Health District provided funding for the construction costs for the required addition at the WHCC to house the new scanner.
Advanced Level Monitoring Equipment
Vital signs monitors, purchased with Foundation funds, are now available at the bedside of each ER bay. One of these units is an advanced level monitor used in the care of high acuity patients. These units have replaced the aging portable monitors previously in use.