Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation works with the community to support the local hospital, facilities and programs run by Fraser Health
To improve the quality of health care for our local communities.
Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation’s primary purpose is to raise funds and awareness to further the improvement of health care in the facilities and programs operated, funded or endorsed by the Fraser Health Authority within the Fraser Valley Regional Hospital District through providing the best medical equipment, programs and facilities, to better serve the communities of Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Hope, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs.
The Foundation provides funding to supplement monies available from the government for the benefit of health care services within Fraser East of the Fraser Health Authority. This area is also known as the Fraser Valley Regional Hospital District include: Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Hope, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs.
Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre (ARHCC) is a 295-bed health care facility that houses the acute care Abbotsford Regional Hospital operated by Fraser Health and the regional cancer facility operated by the BC Cancer Agency.
This 295-bed health care facility opened in 2008 and provides primary, secondary, and some tertiary services, including 24/7 emergency (including two critical care trauma bays and a helipad for emergency transport of critical patients), levels 1 & 2 obstetrics and level 2 neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, adult psychiatry inpatient units, surgical specialties (e.g., thoracic, orthopaedic), nuclear medicine, cardiac services, renal dialysis, medical imaging including MRI and CT scanning, a sleep lab and ambulatory care. Abbotsford Regional Hospital also offers a range of inpatient services supported by community services (e.g., home health. public health, community mental health).
In 2013/14, Abbotsford Regional Hospital saw 44,424 emergency room visits, provided care to 19,170 inpatient and 12,806 surgical daycare cases, delivered 2,619 newborns, and had 217,049 visits to ambulatory care.
Mission Memorial Hospital is a community hospital opened in 1965 which provides primary acute care services including 24/7 emergency, an inpatient medical unit, ambulatory day care, as well as laboratory and medical imaging services and four small outpatient clinics run by visiting specialists. A new Patient Assessment and Transition to Home (PATH) unit recently opened to ease congestion at neighbouring hospitals. The third floor is home to the 10-bed Christine Morrison Hospice Residence.
Adjacent to the hospital are two newly constructed buildings: the Community Health Centre opened in 2013 which houses Home Health, Mental Health and Public Health programs, and The Residence in Mission, a new 200-bed residential facility opened in 2014.
In 2013/2014, Mission Memorial Hospital saw 19,891 emergency visits, treated 1,302 acute inpatient and had 48,170 visits to ambulatory care.
Chilliwack General Hospital is a community hospital whose role is to provide primary, core secondary, and some specialty services. These include 24/7 emergency and acute care, general and internal medicine, coronary care, obstetrics, medical imaging, general surgery and certain surgical subspecialties such as eye surgery, inpatient and outpatient care.
Chilliwack General Hospital provides community hospital services to Chilliwack, Hope, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs residents. The Bradley Centre is a 90-bed residential facility within the hospital.
A recent $35 million renovation and expansion project resulted in a new state of the art laboratory, emergency department, and ambulatory care environment.
Chilliwack General Hospital has 148 acute care beds. In 2013/14, CGH saw 55,029 emergency room visits, provided care to 8,471 inpatient and 10,465 surgical daycare cases, delivered 824 newborns, and had 112,913 visits to ambulatory care.
Fraser Canyon Hospital is a 10-bed community hospital opened in 1959, providing 24/7 emergency care stabilization and triage, a critical need due to its geographic isolation and the number of travellers using the major highways that converge in the area. There is also general medicine, medical imaging and ambulatory care services, supported by an integrated network of community-based programs and services, ranging from health promotion and prevention to residential and hospice care.
Attached to the hospital is Fraser Hope Lodge, a 57 bed residential care facility.
In 2013/2014, Fraser Canyon Hospital saw 11,504 emergency visits, treated 502 inpatient cases, and had 15,672 visits to ambulatory care.
The Auxiliary to Abbotsford Regional Hospital provide volunteers to assist in the following areas of the acute care hospital: Surgical Day Care, General Day Care, Emergency, Pediatrics, Medical Imaging, Information/Greeting desk. The Auxiliary sponsors a teen volunteer program at the Cottage Worthington Residential Care facility. They also provide track suits and underwear for victims of sexual assault. The Auxiliary supplies clothing to be given to people in need to facilitate their discharge from hospital. They also purchase medical equipment and patient comfort items for the hospital. Just the top 10 of their many volunteers served more than 16,000 hours in 2014.
The Chilliwack Hospital Auxiliary is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a variety of volunteer support services and fundraising initiatives to assist in the continuation and growth of health care services for Chilliwack General Hospital. The members contribute to the quality of patient care through a number of services and raise funds to assist in the purchasing of hospital equipment.
Since 1935, members of the Service League have been generously supporting Chilliwack Health Services with special services and fundraising.
Service League volunteers assist in the following areas: the CGH Gift Shop, Surgical Day Care, Eye Clinic, Orthopaedic Clinic, Ambulatory Day Care and the NU5 General Rehab daily tea service. They also assist with various special events. For more information call CGH Administration 604-795-4198.
The Auxiliary to the Fraser Canyon Hospital and Fraser Hope Lodge is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a variety of volunteer support services and fundraising initiatives to assist in the continuation and growth of health care services for Fraser Canyon Hospital and Fraser Hope Lodge.
The Mission Health Care Auxiliary is an organization of men and women who help Mission Memorial Hospital provide non-medical services and comforts to the patients of the hospital. Members can be identified by their blue vests.
Money raised by the Auxiliary is used for many health-related services at the Mission Memorial Hospital and local health care facilities to purchase equipment, comforts, and bus services. The challenge continues to try to ensure that Mission Memorial Hospital remains a viable hospital that can serve the immediate needs of the community. The Mission Health Care Auxiliary Society has always been there to help and assist in any way it can.
In 2007, the Crystal Gala Foundation pledged a lead gift of $500,000 to A Campaign for Health Care Excellence to ensure that hospital patients receive the best possible treatment and care. The Breast Health Unit for screening mammography is named after the Crystal Gala. In 2010, a further $500,000 was pledged and with the generous support of the Crystal Gala sponsors, donors and guests, the Foundation fulfilled this $1M commitment in 2014. The Fraser Health’s Abbotsford Breast Health Centre has moved to a new space at Abbotsford Regional Hospital, thanks to a generous $500,000 pledge by the Crystal Gala Foundation through the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation. This gift will provide medical equipment and furnishings to ensure that staff have optimal space and access to technology, while providing the best treatment and comforting experience for patients in the new location.
Currently we are working with the Mount Cheam and Steller’s Jays Lions Club on their Centennial Legacy Project. This project is raising funds for the Chilliwack General Hospital Eye Center to provide two (2) Phacoemulsification Systems used for cataract surgery. These new systems are designed to improve patient outcomes, enhance surgical control and provide a smoother procedure overall. Now, cataract surgery will never be the same.
RE/MAX Little Oak Realty associates have donated over $185,000 to children’s health in Abbotsford since the Foundation began in 2000. Funds have gone towards the purchase of much needed medical equipment. In addition, interactive items such as TVs, computers, books, games, craft supplies and toys have been secured. RE/MAX has given to the waiting room of the ER, waiting room and treatment rooms of Pediatrics, teen lounge of Pediatrics, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In 2012, the W.I.T. (Whatever It Takes) Fund was established to help families facing financial hardship due to their child’s hospitalization. Next was the Kids’ TV Program that covers the cost of child-friendly TV for hospitalized kids. In 2014, they expanded their support to mental health programs for adolescents. RE/MAX’s Todd Hendrickson, “Our goal is to make kids as comfortable as possible while they’re hospitalized.”
Rotary Club of Chilliwack Fraser donated over $100,000 to the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation for the purpose of creating a new Paediatric Observation Unit at Chilliwack General Hospital.
The new paediatric observation model is a ‘hybrid’ program, combining a 4 – 6 bed short stay assessment/monitoring area (with enhanced outpatient services) and a new urgent paediatrician referral service designed to improve communication with community teams. Emergency Room (ER) Physicians and Paediatricians agreed to change their models of care, nurse/physician groups from both the ER and Paediatrics developed inclusion/exclusion criteria and patient flow algorithms, and hospital services (Pharmacy, Registration) agreed to support changes required.