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$13M raised so far towards 200-bed Delta long-term care centre

Hospital foundation’s $18.25-million capitol campaign the largest in the organization’s 35-year history
(from left) Dermot Kelly, vice-president of community hospitals and health services at Fraser Health, Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation executive director Lisa Hoglund, Health Minister Adrian Dix and DHCHF board chair Pam Paton in an undated photo accompanying Thursday (April 11)’s announcement that the foundation has raised just over $13 million of its $18.25 million capitol campaign towards construction of the new 200-bed Beedie Long Term Care Centre in Delta. (Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation/submitted photo)

Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation is more than two-thirds of the way towards meeting its fundraising goal in support of building a new long-term care facility, and is asking for public’s help to get them over the finish line.

Last summer, the province and Fraser Health announced plans to replace the 46-year-old Mountain View Manor adjacent to Delta Hospital with new facility, expanding capacity at the site from 92 to 200 beds.

While the Ministry of Health will be contributing $179.7 million towards the project’s capitol costs, the foundation committed to raising $18.25 million — the largest fundraising effort in the organization’s 35-year history.

Since launching “Coming Home: A Campaign to Transform Long-Term Care in Delta” last June, DHCHF has received a record $5-million donation from Ryan and Cindy Beedie, another $3 million from the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society, and several more large gifts to help meet the foundation’s ambitious campaign goal.

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“I am thrilled to announce that, as of today (Thursday, April 11), through extraordinary community support, we have raised just over $13 million towards our Coming Home Campaign,” DHCHF executive director Lisa Hoglund said in a press release.

“Our donors have shown tremendous commitment towards this transformative project. We are inspired by the campaign’s success so far and looking forward to continued support from our community to help us reach our goal. We all have a role to play in helping our seniors come home to a place they deserve. We are incredibly grateful that our community has shown compassionate support towards this meaningful project.”

Thursday’s release notes that since opening its doors in 1977, Mountain View Manor has had only minor upgrades, making the facility outdated and insufficient to meet the needs of the community.

“We are working on a revolutionary care community for seniors on the Delta Hospital campus, which is possible thanks to the Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation and its generous donors,” Cathy Wiebe, executive director of Delta and White Rock/South Surrey Health Services and Delta and Peace Arch Hospitals, said in a press release.

“Progress is underway as preparations for construction commence at the site, promising to redefine senior living standards. This community will prioritize comfort and dignity and will soon offer our seniors a proud place to call home.”

The new facility, to be named the Beedie Long Term Care Centre in recognition of Ryan and Cindy Beedie’s financial contribution, will be built, owned and operated by Fraser Health on currently vacant land at the Delta Hospital Campus.

The centre’s design focuses on small “households” accommodating 12 or 13 residents, each with their own single-bed room and bathroom. These units will also feature social and recreational spaces found in a typical home, such as a living room, dining room, activity space and access to the outdoors, according to a Ministry of Health press release.

There will also be community spaces and services for residents, families, visitors and staff, including art and activity rooms, a hair salon, a sacred space and a 32-space adult day program for people living more independently.

As well, an innovative stand-alone child daycare facility will be constructed at the site, offering 49 spaces for families and creating opportunities for intergenerational programming with long-term care residents.

More details of the project can be found on the Fraser Health Capital Projects webpage (

To donate to Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation’s Coming Home campaign, head to

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