Our health professionals are unstoppable in their determination to provide world class standards of care to our community. We are unstoppable in our commitment to support them.
Partnering with our donors and the community to support equitable and exceptional care in Surrey hospitals.
Transforming care for residents South of the Fraser through providing excellent hospital care.
Supporting us, means supporting our health care professionals. Supporting us, means supporting your friends and neighbours and family members who need us.
Health care services in Surrey are primarily financed by government and through funds raised by Surrey Hospitals Foundation. In fact, we are the largest non-government funder of health care for families in Surrey. Our work is essential, and critical to the health of our hospitals and the health of the 1.9 million residents who reside in the Fraser Health region.
Thanks to the generosity of people like you, we are able to help fund every one of our region’s major health facilities including Surrey Memorial Hospital, Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre. We support and fund the Czorny Alzheimer Centre, along with many specialized community programs for newborns, children, adults and seniors. Our Surrey health care campus provides health care for your whole family, from birth to end-of-life. Because you care, we are able to recruit top medical professionals. Hire the very best support staff. Purchase and operate state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment equipment. And build and maintain modern facilities.
We are unstoppable in our determination to inspire and encourage our community to support innovative medicine and life-changing care, raising over $200 million since we were founded.
THE PEOPLE BEHIND SHF
We are a close group of dedicated individuals, relentless in our passion to raise funds and implement positive changes that support our hospitals, our medical professionals and the people in our communities.
Recently, the SHF team and Board of Directors developed a strategic plan overview spanning from 2023 to 2026. Read the overview here.
Surrey Hospitals Foundation is proud to support major health care facilities in the region, including Surrey Memorial Hospital, Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre, Czorny Alzheimer Centre, and more.
Surrey Hospitals Foundation is committed to the highest standards of accountability and transparency. Working with our Board of Directors, the Foundation ensures effective stewardship of our donors’ contributions, while achieving results that are defined by their positive impact on our community.
UNSTOPPABLE IN ACTION
Over the past 30 years, together we have raised $200 million that is working directly to enhance health care in Surrey. Our fundraising costs average 14 per cent over the last 5 years.
So much good happens when we work together. Because together, we are an unstoppable force for life-changing health care.
2021 – 2022
CAPITAL EQUIPMENT & PROJECTS
We raised $3.02M in funding for Capital Equipment and Projects this year. Some of the capital equipment and projects supported include:
Surgery & Cancer Care: The Surgical Vitrectomy System, the Microsurgical Lymphatic Reconstruction Program, the Hana Table, and the injectable loop recorder cardiac monitor – the first of its kind in Western Canada.
Highlight – A game-changing Microsurgical Lymphatic Reconstruction Program comes to Surrey: Thanks to the generous support of our donor community, we are pleased to have invested $1.3 million to help fund two life-changing surgeries led by microsurgeons Dr. Imran Ratanshi and Dr. Jennifer Prince. These surgeries are crucial for those at high risk of developing lymphedema, a condition that develops when there is a blockage in lymphatic channels leading to fluid retention and swelling.
Both of these surgeries employ breakthrough microsurgical techniques to 1) re-route the lymphatic system, bypassing damaged nodes and connecting lymphatic channels to drain directly into the venous system; and 2) transplant lymph nodes from a healthy part of the body to the affected area, promoting drainage and formation of new lymphatic channels.
RESEARCH & EDUCATION
We raised $848K in Research and Education funding this year. Some of the research and education initiatives we invested in include the Strategic Priority Grant, Neuro Research Award, Dr. Tom Godwin’s Lectureship, and the BMO Education Grant for pediatric nursing professional development.
Highlight – BMO Education Grant: Surrey Hospitals Foundation is proud to have partnered with BMO Financial Group, who has generously provided a gift of $250,000 to help further the professional development of pediatric nurses. This is the largest grant invested for pediatric nursing professional development in Fraser Health’s history, and will benefit the health care of children in the region. BMO’s pediatric nursing education grant will help up to 25 pediatric nurses each year acquire new skills and training.
We raised $502K in patient comfort items funding this year. Examples of these include: journals, other therapy items, and recliners in the Family Birthing Unit.
Highlight – Portable Vein Finder: The patients in the medicine units often have veins that are challenging to locate or are particularly frail due to individuals having complex medical histories. The portable vein finder can improve first poke success rate by up to 98%, thus improving patient outcomes and supporting nurses in developing their IV insertion technique over time.
2020 – 2021
CAPITAL EQUIPMENT & PROJECTS
Some of the capital equipment and projects supported this year include:
Surgery & Cancer Care: Tomosynthesis, SMH Rehab Project, Rapid Infuser Pump, and Gamma Probes.
Maternal & Pediatric Health: Virtual Pet Project for the Children’s Health Centre, CHC renovations, FBU renovations, and ultrasound for Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre Pain Clinic.
Research & Innovation: UVGI robot, SAEBO VR, and Sara Combilizer
Highlight – Children’s Health Centre Mobile App: We are pleased to have supported the creation of the My Hospital Pal mobile app, an innovative augmented reality (AR) application for kids as part of our Children’s Health Centre (CHC) renewal project. The first of its kind in Canada, the app features “Chip” the AR Squirrel as a virtual orientation to the hospital. Chip provides helpful information to children visiting the Children’s Health Centre. Families are presented with a QR code to download the app on their devices, so that children may interact with Chip, who will guide them through the hospital setting and share what to expect during their visit. As our pediatric team treats over 50,000 children annually, we are proud to continue to support them with new and impactful innovations.
RESEARCH & EDUCATION
Some of the research and education initiatives we invested in this year include the Strategic Priority Grant, Neuro Research Award, the recruitment of Dr. Xiaowei Song (Fraser Health’s first-ever Senior Clinical Research Scientist dedicated 100 per cent to research), Dr. Tom Godwin’s Lectureship, and nearly thirty COVID-19 research studies.
Highlight – COVID-19 Research Investments: During the COVID-19 pandemic, we invested in establishing a COVID-19 research infrastructure. We invested $1.4 million to support 25 current research studies taking place in Surrey, and we established the Surrey Memorial Hospital Clinical Research Unit.
A few of the patient comfort items we have supported this year include:
Mental Health: Art and Music Therapy for NICU and Youth Mental Health.
Research & Innovation: Electro Larynx (speech and pathology), iPads/tablets to provide better communication between COVID-19 patients and their families, mobile lifts, and ceiling lifts.
Maternal & Pediatric Health: Infant warmers and handheld oximeter for NICU.
Highlight – iPads and Tablets: Over the past year, we have been fortunate to have received iPads and tablets from donors to support our patients. These devices provide a way for patients to communicate with their loved ones during COVID-19. This is especially important as hospital visitations continue to be limited.
There were a total of 36 devices received. 30 of these were distributed to COVID-19 units, 4 to rehabilitation patients, and 2 to residents at Czorny Alzheimer Centre.
2019 – 2020
CAPITAL EQUIPMENT & PROJECTS
Some of the capital equipment & projects supported this year include Pediatric HAL. Perometer, Cardiac Ultrasound and other equipment for this unit, Bronchial Thermoplasty, Maternity Ultrasound for Family Birthing Unit, Integrated OR Surgery Equipment, Laryngoscope.
Highlight – Pediatric HAL: One of our newest purchases will help to train doctors, nurses, paramedics and technicians how to deal with emergency scenarios involving a child. Pediatric HAL is the world’s most advanced pediatric patient simulator and the first capable of simulating lifelike emotions through dynamic facial expressions, movement, and speech. HAL is designed to help providers of all levels develop the specialized skills needed to effectively communicate, diagnose, and treat young patients in nearly all clinical areas. He breathes, cries, turns blue, bleeds, has a pulse, has dilating pupils and responds to all medical interventions, including surgery, intubation and more.
This revolutionary simulator supports a broad range of real patient monitors and sensors. This unique capability allows those being trained to practice setting up and operating equipment just as they would in real situations.
RESEARCH & EDUCATION
Some of the research & education initiatives we invested in this year include Surrey Memorial Hospital Simulation Lab Mock Code Blue series, South Asian Research Initiative, Dr. Tom Godwin Lectureship, Strategic Priority Grant, conference attendance for nurses
Highlight – Dr. Tom Godwin Lectureship: Early in 2013, British Columbia lost a great physician, pioneer cardiologist, mentor and adventurer with the death of Dr. Thomas Godwin. In appreciation of the excellent care he and the family received within the Neurology Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH), the family has decided to provide funding to establish a lectureship in neurology known as the Dr. Tom Godwin Neurology Lectureship, in his honour. The goal of this lectureship is to enhance teaching and collaboration among clinical teams and interested medical personnel as neurology experts continue to unravel the mysteries of the human brain and neurological diseases. The lectures take place in the UBC Lecture Theatre at Surrey Memorial Hospital and video-cast to as large an audience as possible using the available technology.
Some of the patient comfort items we’ve supported this year include meals, clothing and supplies for the vulnerable population, accommodations for families of patients from out of town, diabetic foot care, emergency medicine refill, breast pumps for NICU families, music therapy and workshops for residents at Czorny Alzheimer Centre.
Highlight – Pocket Talkers: Thanks to SHF’s Small Miracles Fund, innovative Pocket Talkers technology is provided to seniors and others experiencing hearing loss. They have a tremendous impact on patients who have had difficulty communicating without, allowing them to actively participate in community events, social gatherings, and important medical appointments.
A few of the minor equipment we have purchased this year includes a variety of therapeutic art and music sessions for units such as Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit, Adolescent Day Treatment Program, Czorny Alzheimer Centre.
Highlight – Music Therapy: Surrey Hospitals Foundation is proud to support music therapy in our Neonatal ICU at Surrey Memorial. Our specialized NICU team cares for up to 36 premature or sick babies every single day. Music therapy is a proven method to help calm babies, and often supports functions such as better breathing and neurological development.