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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 is entering 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:

  • Sunday, May 29 – The 7th annual Survivorship Golf Classic tees off at the Summerland Golf & Country Club.  Nine holes and barbecue.  Shotgun start at 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 8 – A free symposium for people suffering from chronic pain will be held at the Shatford Centre in Penticton at 6:30 p.m.  A panel of medical experts will discuss resources and treatment options available.
  • Sunday, June 12 – Take an “Old Bag” to Tea fashion show/silent auction fundraiser for the Penticton Hospital Auxiliary from 1-4:30 p.m. at the Penticton Lakeside Resort.
  • Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13 – The 20th annual Penticton Ladies Tees Up for Cancer golf tournament will be held at the Penticton Golf and Country Club.
  • Saturday, August 20 The second annual Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race, hosted by the Summerland Yacht Club, takes place at Powell Beach in Trout Creek.
  • 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 beginning in May and actual construction to start this August.  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 completion anticipated in 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

Jim Leir began restoring this 1918 Mack truck 35 years ago.  Now he has donated the entire $30,000 he received from its recent sale to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s campaign to provide the medical equipment for Penticton Regional Hospital’s new tower.

Jim Leir turns vintage truck into PRH gift

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