The Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation was founded on June 18, 1991 as the Prince George Regional Hospital (PGRH) Foundation, with Myron Sambad as founding president. It was established pursuant to the Societies Act and is governed by its own Board of Directors.
The Foundation works in cooperation with the Northern Health Authority and focuses on the area served by the University Hospital of Northern BC, Prince George.
“To facilitate philanthropic investment in the enhancement of healthcare throughout the referral area of the University Hospital of Northern BC, previously known as the Prince George Regional Hospital.”
The Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation was created to provide people meaningful opportunities to contribute to improving healthcare within the service area of the University Hospital of Northern BC, Prince George (UHNBC). The community has responded in a very generous way.
Since inception in 1991, more than $31 million has been contributed towards capital equipment and improvements, and support of education of healthcare workers and medical staff.
The great majority of funds have been invested directly into UHNBC and its staff. However, since changing its name and expanding its mandate in 1998, the Foundation has issued grants throughout northern British Columbia. This is a practice it intends to build upon so that the funds are spent where they will both serve the interests of the donor and do the most good for the health of the people in the region.
A key part of delivering stronger healthcare throughout the region will be in enhancing services provided through the UHNBC. As the primary referral centre for northern B.C., it is imperative that it be a focal point for quality healthcare for the people of the region. It is an entirely unique situation as Prince George is far more distant from any other tertiary care facility than any other regional hospital in the province. Nowhere else is the next regional hospital a six to 10 hour drive away.
The people of northern B.C. have come to realize that gifts to the Foundation are making a significant difference in their quality of life. Over the years, the Foundation has provided funds, in whole or in part, for such major pieces of equipment as a Diagnostic SPECT CT Scanner, permanent MRI, Cat Scan, ophthalmology lasers, digital radiographic suites, ultrasound units, a burn tank, a gamma camera and crash carts. It has also funded major renovations to Jubilee Lodge and the Maternal Child Centre of Excellence at UHNBC.