Lisa and Her Family © Courtesy of Campbell River Hospital Foundation
With your help, we can help keep families close when it matters most at the Just Like Home Lodge
Imagine your loved one needing vital medical care, life-saving surgery, or cancer care. Now imagine driving more than 200km to access that care. Campbell River Hospital serves 32 communities and is the first point of referral for emergencies and illnesses, including industrial and workplace accidents, heart attacks, strokes, respiratory problems and other diseases.
During moments of crisis, this travel time, combined with finding appropriate accommodation near the hospital, can contribute to increased emotional and economic stress for both patients and their families. For these reasons, some will also postpone or forgo medical care. Unfortunately, when they do visit our hospital, their health is at greater risk.
For Lisa and her family, trips to Campbell River Hospital are all too familiar. Both Lisa’s father and mother-in-law battled cancer in Campbell River, and being able to visit them meant staying in hotels nearby and stocking the hotel room mini-fridge with groceries. In times of crisis, having loved ones nearby can be incredibly healing; however, Lisa’s family knows all too well that the cost of accommodations, food, and parking can quickly add up and put a sizable strain on a family’s income.
A few years ago, right as COVID-19 was beginning to spread, Lisa suffered what she and doctors thought was a stroke and spent time in Campbell River Hospital. Although her doctors have determined that she did not suffer a stroke, Lisa continues to live with an undiagnosed illness and the subsequent follow-up medical appointments and testing. These trips, while vital, have placed an immense financial and emotional strain on Lisa’s family, from the cost of travelling back and forth to finding appropriate accommodations. The Just Like Home Lodge would have made all the difference in the world to Lisa and her family.
The Just Like Home Lodge will be a safe haven for patients and loved ones who find themselves having to travel to Campbell River for specialized care or procedures that are not available in their home communities. This 10-bedroom lodge will feature separate sleeping rooms with private washrooms, a communal living space, a shared kitchen and laundry facilities. The plans also include areas for Recreational Vehicles with hook-ups and a walkway with easy access to the hospital.
The Campbell River Hospital Foundation (CRHF) is a team of professional staff and community-minded leaders who are passionately committed to inspiring, enabling and celebrating community support for Campbell River Hospital. With your support, we can help ensure that our doctors, nurses and other key members of our healthcare team have the tools and equipment they need, so you and your loved ones continue to receive first-class healthcare right here at home.
With your help, we can help keep families close when it matters most.
The Campbell River Hospital Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to raising funds to support our hospital and Yucalta Lodge through equipment purchase, staff education and special projects that help enhance the service and treatment of patients and residents.