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$4M matching gift by Beedie Family launches second phase of hospital redevelopment campaign

$4M matching gift by Beedie Family launches second phase of hospital redevelopment campaign

November 23, 2023

Burnaby Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce a transformative $4 million matching gift by respected philanthropists Ryan and Betty Beedie to help launch the second phase of the Foundation’s Bright Future fundraising campaign. The matching gift is the second major contribution to the campaign by the Beedie family, who have now pledged a total of $12 million towards Burnaby Hospital Foundation in the past three years.

Leading the way for the second time are long-time Burnaby residents and locally-based developers, the Beedie family. The Beedies, including Betty and her son Ryan, are long-time supporters of Burnaby Hospital. Originating with Ryan’s father, Keith, who passed away in late 2017, the family has consistently stepped forward when their community has needed support, especially in relation to local healthcare.

“When the Foundation shared the vision the new acute care tower, I knew that it was something we had to support, together as a community,” shares Ryan Beedie. “Our family will match the next $4 million in donations, with the hopes of inspiring the generous and passionate people in this community to give to their local hospital in support this life-changing project.”

The Beedie family were joined by representatives from Burnaby Hospital Foundation, Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley, Fraser Health leadership, hospital staff and dignitaries to share in the announcement event, during which the Foundation unveiled the naming of the new 12-storey Keith and Betty Beedie Acute Care Tower.

The matching gift is a strong call to action for individuals, businesses, and organizations in the Burnaby and East Vancouver communities. “With this incredible opportunity, every dollar raised will have double the impact,” shares Steven McKoen, KC, Chair of Burnaby Hospital Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “Every gift donated, no matter the size, will have an even larger effect on advancements in healthcare in our community.”

“We are tremendously grateful to Betty and her late husband Keith continued leadership support, which will help strengthen and transform healthcare in our community, at a time when it is needed most,” says Kristy James, Burnaby Hospital Foundation President and CEO. “This next step in our Bright Future campaign focuses on raising funds for necessary equipment in several new and upgraded departments in the new tower. We are putting the challenge out to our community to help us support the expanded and upgraded medical services that will soon be available to all residents, providing better care close to home for all.”

Phase Two of the redevelopment includes the addition of a new 12-storey acute care tower, which will house upgrades to the Intensive Care Unit and Medical Imaging departments. Other important additions include new in-patient oncology and cardiac telemetry units, 160 private rooms, and a regional cancer centre.

The announcement of the second phase of the Foundation’s fundraising campaign follows the Province of British Columbia’s announcement in September for the approval of the $1.7 billion Phase Two business plan.

“The Foundation is extremely excited with the progress, both in the construction of the first phase and planning in the second phase of the redevelopment.” says James. “These life-changing upgrades that will modernize healthcare in our hospital and expand medical services. I urge the public to consider a gift today, where each dollar will be generously matched by the Beedie family.”

To learn more about the redevelopment and take advantage of the matching gift opportunity, please visit bhfoundation.ca/brightfuture.

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