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Royal Jubilee fund receives $350,000 boost

Jan 25 2012

A campaign to raise $25 million for cutting-edge technology at Royal Jubilee Hospital's patient-care centre received a $350,000 multi-year pledge from the RBC Foundation Tuesday. The money is dedicated to seniors' care.

The donation to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation's Building Care Together campaign was made by Tom Siemens, vice-president of commercial financial services, Royal Bank of Canada, in the atrium of the $349 million patient-care centre, which opened last year.

RBC has dedicated $50,000 toward training hospital staff to work with new equipment and technology already in place at the 500-bed hospital. The remaining $300,000 is earmarked for geriatric mental health services. With Tuesday's announcement, the Victoria Hospitals Foundation's Building Care Together campaign has received pledges totalling $11.7 million.

"The technology at work in this new facility is remarkable, and we're proud to be helping our local citizens receive world-class care," Siemens said in a statement.

VIHA plans to use the patient-care centre as a template for future hospital construction.

Canada's premiers visited the facility before their Council of the Federation conference last week.

The Victoria Hospitals Foundation works in partnership with Vancouver Island Health Authority to bring in donations to the Island's two largest hospitals — Royal Jubilee and Victoria General.

ceharnett@timescolonist.com

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