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Arlene Bourassa Nursing Scholarship – New this year

Arlene Bourassa Nursing Scholarship in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

After visiting the NICU and meeting staff at Royal Inland last year, local philanthropist, Arlene Bourassa approached the Foundation with the idea of funding a nursing scholarship specific to this department. She is passionate about contributing to family-centred care for infants at RIH. Arlene also supports a nursing scholarship in the area of pediatric oncology at the University of Calgary.

Eligibility: Open to Registered Nurses (RN) who are currently employed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Royal Inland Hospital or, are currently being supported by Interior Health to complete their NICU specialty training. Eligible professional development opportunities include NICU specialty training as well as other education supported by the NICU leadership team applicable to care offered in the unit. Applicants must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to nursing in the community of Kamloops.


Pictured:  Local philanthropist, Arlene Bourassa with Sarge and Willow at her ranch outside Kamloops.  

Rae Fawcett Breast Health Clinic

For Immediate Release: Rae Fawcett Breast Health Clinic and Rae Fawcett Simulation Centre

September 12, 2016 – Kamloops, BC – Royal Inland Hospital Foundation CEO Heidi Coleman along with Health Minister Terry Lake, announced the naming of the Rae Fawcett Simulation Centre and the Rae Fawcett Breast Health Clinic on Sept. 10, 2016 during the 3rd annual RIH Foundation Dancing Like the Stars Women’s Health fundraiser.
Both spaces are located in the brand new Clinical Services Building recently opened at Royal Inland Hospital.

Rae Fawcett and her family have contributed towards expanded health care at RIH over the years and most recently have generously donated $1 million toward the Breast Health Clinic and the Simulation Centre in the new Clinical Services Building at the hospital.

“We are deeply grateful and touched by her generosity, commitment and support,” said Heidi Coleman. “She believes in what we are doing and feels strongly about providing women and men in our community with faster access to breast cancer diagnostics and treatment as well as ongoing educational opportunities presented in the Simulation Centre.”

“On behalf of the provincial government, I thank Rae Fawcett for this donation,” said Lake. “This generous gift will have a direct impact on patient care in the Kamloops region by helping to improve breast health outcomes as well as training opportunities for health professionals.”

The impact of adding a second centre to the IH Simulation Program in the Rae Fawcett Simulation Centre is that it will provide a space for hands-on medical training and professional development for doctors, nurses, health-care professionals and medical students.

“Interior Health and specifically Royal Inland Hospital are very appreciative of Rae Fawcett’s generous donation,” said Carol Laberge, RIH Health Services Administrator. “We are proud to have the Breast Health Clinic and Simulation Centre bear Rae Fawcett’s name, and we look forwarding to using her donation toward enhancing care for the patients we serve.”

Margaret Trudeau

Rotary Fundraser Poster

New Ventilator for Kamloops-based High Acuity Response Team

Hamilton Ventilator

Pictured; Alisa Coquet (RIH Foundation) and Sean Adams ( RIH Hart team member) with the Hamilton Ventilator purchased by TB Vets

 Royal Inland Hospital is home to one of Interior Health’s High Acuity Response Team (HART), a ground-based patient transportation model that involves both BC Ambulance Service and Interior Health. Specially-trained RIH nurses and respiratory therapists are members of the HART team who provide patient care during the transfer of patients from rural sites to higher level facilities like RIH. This service ensures high standards of care for any high acuity patient transfer in our region. Last year, the TB Vets Charitable Foundation was approached to assist with the purchase of a new ventilator for the HART program. The old ventilator was old, obsolete and a replacement was urgently needed to ensure patients could be safely transferred by the HART team. TB Vets generously provided funding to help support the purchase of a new Hamilton T1 ventilator which is specially designed for intensive transport ventilation for patients ranging from infants to adults who require help breathing. It is small enough to fit into any mobile ICU environment and ensures the most appropriate treatment and optimum care for every patient. This intensive care ventilator has built-in batteries and an ultra-quiet turbine which allows it to operate independently of central gas or power supplies. The ventilator is now in use on a daily basis in the Kamloops region and can also be accessed by the RIH Emergency Department for patients experiencing respiratory difficulty when it’s not being used for patient transports. The RIH Foundation is grateful to TB Vets for their commitment to supporting critical life-saving medical equipment throughout BC. Over the past 25 years, TB Vets has donated over $442,000 to our local hospital for respiratory equipment. TB Vets also supports medical respiratory research and education for respiratory therapists. Thank you TB Vets for providing patients in our community and surrounding region with access to life-saving respiratory equipment!

Press Release – Feb 24, 2016


Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 – 2pm


Double your Donation at RIH Foundation’s 2nd Annual Radiothon

Kamloops, BC – The Royal Inland Hospital Foundation celebrated their inaugural Radiothon event last year, raising over $95,000 for a new Operating Room at RIH. Radio NL broadcasters interviewed doctors, staff, grateful patients and supporters, encouraging listeners to call in and donate.

On March 3rd this year, the Foundation and Radio NL will be at it again. With incredibly powerful patient stories and an opportunity to hear in-depth interviews with RIH physicians, the Foundation hopes to surpass last year’s success.

The Foundation recently found out that this accomplishment should be very achievable. A private family foundation based out of Vancouver – the Robert L. Conconi Foundation – has generously offered to match donations made at Radiothon up to $100,000.

Heidi Coleman, Foundation CEO, stated, “This partnership is so incredible. Not only is the Conconi Foundation giving RIH this tremendous gift, they are also providing the community with another incentive to give. Each dollar raised at the event will be matched and used to purchase priority patient care equipment and programs to help build the best hospital for our community.”


The Royal Inland Hospital Foundation is extremely grateful to the Robert L. Conconi Foundation, along with donations received throughout the day, and the corporate sponsors at the Radiothon event.

To have the opportunity to double your donation on March 3rd, be sure to tune in to Radio NL from 6am – 6pm and call 250.851.8821 to donate.

Media Contact:

Heidi Coleman

CEO, Royal Inland Hospital Foundation