2017 Spring Grant to Northern Health

MAR 22, 2017

2017 Spring Grant to Northern Health

Pictured L-R: Cathy Ulrich, CEO Northern Health; Charles Jago, Board Chair Northern Health; Jim Meier, Director Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation; Colleen Sparrow, Board Chair Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation

On behalf of our many generous donors, sponsors, and supporters who truly believe in better health outcomes for the North, Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Staff and Board members were pleased to present a cheque in the amount of $880,285.05 to Northern Health Authority today.

With a mandate to fund equipment, education, and enhancements to healthcare in the service delivery area to UHNBC, the following is a list of items funded with these proceeds:



2 Angel Lifts UHNBC
2 Ceiling Lifts UHNBC
Basketball hoop, folding chairs and table UHNBC Nechako Treatment Centre
Vitals Machine UHNBC Eating Disorders Clinic
Holmium Laser UHNBC - Surgical
Optos OCT Scan System, Optical Tomography UHNBC Optical
Centrifuge UHNBC - Microbiology

Malditoff Mass Spectrometer

Broda Chair UHNBC - IMU
Alenti Hygiene Lifts UHNBC
Bio Med Freezer 17.0 Cubic Feet UHNBC

Emergency Social Services
Funding from Variety BC

Regional - Social Services
Custom Burn Garments Regional Burn Fund
Courtyard Revitalization Quesnel - Dunrovin
Billirubin Meter Prince Rupert Hospital
Blood Pressure Monitor Parkwood - Hemodialysis
Alcon- Centuriion Ozil Handpieces (7) Terrace - Mills Memorial
Rhapsody Bathing System Tub Kitimat General Hospital
Portable Ultrasound Fort St. James - Stuart Lake Hospital
Ultrasound Chair Fraser Lake Health Facility
Ceiling Lift Wrinch
Audiometer Dawson Creek - Audiometry


This brings the total granted in this fiscal year to just over $1.2 Million.

“No amount of words can express how thankful we are for the support we receive,” said Judy Neiser, CEO for the Spirit of the North. “We are so very grateful to our sponsors, donors and everyone who attends events and participates in fundraisers to ultimately strengthen healthcare in the North. We respect that donors have a choice in where they donate, and we are so thankful to the region for embracing the Spirit of the North in their philanthropic wishes. Giving really does make a difference.”

Working closely with the Auxiliary to UHNBC, they are responsible for contributing $160,755.31 of this amount. They are an amazing group that provides funding, but also so many volunteer services for patients at UHNBC. We are fortunate to work with many of the Auxiliaries in the region to bring the best of care closer to home in the North.

Moving forward this year there is no end to the wish list for equipment and enhancements to healthcare that is needed in all facilities. We are excited to close in on the final dollars required for the Breast Health Imaging Centre at UHNBC that was launched during the 2016 Festival of Trees. Additionally, we are launching a campaign that will see great changes in emergency response to cardiac patient’s needs with a Regional Cardiac Strategy campaign for $500,000 which is set to kick off the last week of May during our rebranded Radiothon that will take place on Spirit Day – June 1st. This will focus on the purchase of state of the art Echo-Ultrasounds for UHNBC.

For more information, or to donate funds to support healthcare in the North, please contact the Spirit of the North Foundation office at 250-565-2515