Let the Beedie Family double your donation!
Burnaby Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce a transformative $4 million matching gift by respected philanthropists Betty Beedie and her son, Ryan, to help launch the second phase of the Foundation’s Bright Future fundraising campaign.
This 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’s Bright Future redevelopment campaign.
“The Beedie family, including Betty, her late husband, Keith, and her son Ryan, are long-time supporters of Burnaby Hospital and other projects throughout the province.” shares Kristy James, President & CEO of Burnaby Hospital Foundation. “Whenever their community has needed support, the Beedies have stepped up, and with great passion.”
The Beedie family hopes to inspire the community surrounding Burnaby Hospital to give generously towards this life-changing project.
Rendering of the Keith & Betty Beedie Acute Care Tower.
Rendering subject to change.
Burnaby Hospital is a community serving a community. Our family of nurses, doctors and health care professionals take great pride in their spirit of innovation and dedicated service to patients. But they are severely challenged in their ability to provide 21st century care in a hospital that was built in 1952 and has not been expanded since 1978.
Now the third largest city in B.C., the population of Burnaby alone has increased by 75 per cent since the late 1970s. What was once a small hospital now serves 500,000 people, the majority coming from the surrounding communities of Burnaby and East Vancouver.
The Beedie family has supported a number of campaigns to help advance healthcare at Burnaby Hospital, including helping fund the hospital’s first MRI machine. Inspired by Keith Beedie’s excitement to support local healthcare, the family’s philanthropic journey has been closely tied to their beloved hospital.
“Burnaby holds a special meaning for our entire family. Burnaby was where my late father started his business, where I grew up, and where my mother still resides. My father was extremely passionate about supporting Burnaby Hospital and if he were here today, I know he would be proud to see this project taking shape,” says Ryan Beedie.
While the need for care continues to climb, along with our growing and aging population, our hospital has reached its capacity. The limited, older physical space poses many challenges that make it difficult to provide a modern environment that supports the need to serve more people, foster innovation and provide best practices in patient-centred care.
These challenges include: the lack of space to expand much-needed services, such as emergency and surgery; treatment areas that are too small for modern standards; specialized patient care services that are divided between different buildings; nursing units where most patients share rooms and bathrooms; a lack of dedicated waiting areas for patients and families; and a shortage of parking.
The physical transformation will have an immediate impact on patients and families and provide our innovative care teams with the space and tools to do their best work.
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.
“When the Foundation shared the vision and impact of the new 12-storey tower, I knew that it was something we had to support, together as a community.”