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The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation raises funds to support the delivery of quality health services in our region.

You can help by making your donation for Penticton Regional Hospital, which serves the entire region. We also encourage donors to designate their financial gifts to one or more of the Health Care Facilities we serve in Penticton, Summerland, Oliver, Princeton and Keremeos.

The Medical Foundation has entered the most ambitious campaign in our history. Coinciding with construction of the new $312.5-million Patient Care Tower at PRH, the Foundation is committed to raising $20 million for new medical equipment for the expansion. We can do this with the community’s help.

Special events

  • Sept 1-18  Tim Hortons annual Smile Cookie Campaign sees all proceeds from Smile Cookies sold at Tims’ outlets in the South Okanagan go to the SOS Medical Foundation’s PRH campaign.
  • Saturday, September 10 – Naramata Bench Charity Home Tour 1-5 p.m. Tour three Ritchie Custom Homes residences on the Naramata Bench, plus wine sampling and a chance to win a pair of airline tickets to any WestJet destination.
  • See website events calendar for full details.

Penticton Patient Care Tower

Construction of the new Patient Care Tower at PRH will take place in two phases, with site work now underway and actual construction to start soon.  The six-storey tower (plus a mechanical penthouse) will feature new operating-surgical rooms, 84 new single-patient rooms and ambulatory care clinics. It will also be home to the UBC Faculty of Medicine program.

Following the tower’s anticipated opening in early 2019, Phase 2 will see extensive renovations to the existing building, including a much larger Emergency Department which will be expanded to almost four times its current size.

News From The Foundation

Carey Bornn is the new executive-director of the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.

Foundation hires new executive-director

The staff at Berry & Smith Trucking are contributing a combined $30,000 to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s campaign to supply medical equipment for the Penticton Regional Hospital expansion. This follows a similar donation announced by the company earlier this year.

Berry & Smith staff mirror firm’s PRH support

Premier Christy Clark addresses the crowd at the July 12 groundbreaking ceremony for the $312.5-million expansion of Penticton Regional Hospital.

Premier heads ground-breaking for PRH tower

Profiles – Stories of Inspiration

To read full stories click here

“If Penticton is going to be a retirement centre, we’ve got to get this hospital going.”

Bob Anderson
Bob AndersonPenticton

“The first diagnosis is very important. Our son Chris is here today because of the first action of a doctor.”

Chris and Cida Tennert
Chris and Cida TennertPenticton

“It’s essential, especially with the growing percentage of seniors.”

Fred King, Former MP
Fred King, Former MPKaleden

“Being in your hometown and having your care here is so vital.”

Bob Trask
Bob TraskPenticton