$1 Million Raised
for urgently-needed critical care equipment
Including ventilators, patient monitors, video bronchoscopes, an ultrasound, and a continuous renal replacement therapy machine
Over $6 Million Raised
to help build a new, permanent High Acuity Unit (HAU)—a first for Island Health
The interim HAU at Royal Jubilee will become a permanent unit for future generations of Vancouver Islanders
Your Help is Still Critical
Our hospitals have ongoing priority critical care needs
The work of our world-class critical care teams continues—and has never been more important. You can provide our local caregivers with the tools and resources they need to keep our loved ones safe and healthy
Last year, more than 5,000 community members came together to support It’s Critical. So far, more than 400 local patients’ lives have been changed by their generosity. This is the story of one of those patients: Godrun “Lulu” Fischer.
Celebrating the Seaspan Victoria Shipyards High Acuity Unit
The new permanent HAU will be named in recognition of Seaspan Victoria Shipyards and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation’s transformational $2.65 million gift to It’s Critical.
From L–R: Tom Siemens, Board Chair, Victoria Hospitals Foundation; Avery Brohman, Executive Director, Victoria Hospitals Foundation; Joe O’ Rourke, Vice President & General Manager, Seaspan Victoria Shipyards; Heather-Ann Heyd, Clinical Nursing Lead for the HAU; Carrie Homuth, Manager for the HAU; Dr. Omar Ahmad, Department Head, Emergency and Critical Care Medicine for Island Health
Well before the pandemic, we had heard of the importance of adding a High Acuity Unit to the Island. With the threat of COVID 19 came the opportunity to operationalize the project. It is highly powerful and rewarding to realize this important strategic priority in just over a year. Its impact will be felt well into the future.