Frequently Asked Questions

Formerly St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation (CVHF) is an independent not-for-profit organization that raises funds to enhance local healthcare where government funding ends. Since being established in 1993, and thanks to the generosity of donors, CVHF has raised over $13 million to fund:

  • Vital Medical Equipment/Technology
  • Patient Comfort Items
  • Building Upgrades
  • Staff Education
  • Special Projects
  • Local Health Initiatives

With so many exciting changes happening in our local healthcare system, we would like to take this opportunity to address some questions we have been hearing from the community.

Where are you located within the hospital

Our office is located in the lobby of the Comox Valley Hospital. You will recognize our office as we have beautiful hearts painted on the window.

What areas of care can I donate to through Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation?

Donations to the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation allow us to support our community in many ways, including:

Areas of Greatest Need
This allows our foundation to determine the current priorities in healthcare and provides us the flexibility to use funds for these purposes.

Comox Valley Hospital

Your donation to the hospital will go towards purchasing new technology and equipment, providing doctors and other healthcare staff with the tools they need to ensure patients continue to receive top-of-the-line healthcare.

The Views at St. Joseph’s

Directing your donation here allows The Views to make their vision of a dementia village a reality and supports residential care, respite and hospice services, ensuring that seniors in our community receive the best possible care now, and at the new building in the future.

Cumberland Lodge
Directing your donation here supports residential care and healthcare through purchasing new equipment, funding recreational programs for seniors, and more!

Glacier View Lodge
Directing your donation here will provide Glacier Views Lodge the ability to bring their vision of building two new sites, focused on senior and multi-generational housing, to life.

Community Health Initiatives
Your donation to Community Health Initiatives supports numerous health programs and services throughout our community, here in the Comox Valley.

You can designate your donation to a specific area of care. Our Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that our donor’s wishes are granted when it comes to the areas of care that are close to their hearts. We will work with you to ensure your funds are directed to support a cause that resonates with you.

Why should I donate to something the government should be funding?

Did you know that there isn’t a BC hospital that is fully government-funded? Modest government funding is nowhere near enough to satisfy good healthcare levels in our province or in the Comox Valley. Hospitals and care facilities are expensive to operate but crucial for our medically necessary services, and that’s where our Foundation, and your donation, comes in — to fill the financial gap left by the government to enhance the Comox Valley’s unique healthcare needs.

Will the Tree of Life be moving to the new hospital as well?

The Tree of Life is an integral part of our Foundation’s history and will continue to ‘grow’ at St. Joseph’s site. A new Donor Recognition Wall will be completed at the new Comox Valley Hospital this September to recognize our many generous donors who have supported us over the years in our community. If you want to be included on either the Tree of Life or the new Donor Recognition Wall, please contact us for more information.

Can I leave a gift in my will to Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation?

Yes. More Comox Valley residents are choosing the option of leaving a planned gift in their will to CVHF and designate it to Area of Greatest Need, the Comox Valley Hospital or Residential Care at St. Joseph’s. For more information on leaving a planned gift contact us at (250) 331-5957 or by email at