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.
Will your Foundation be moving to the new hospital?
Yes, Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation will have a main office located in the lobby of the new Comox Valley Hospital. We will continue to have an office on the St. Joseph’s site as they expand to create an aging in place, not-for-profit campus of care which will include residential care, assisted living, independent living, respite care, adult day/night care services, and more.
What areas of care can I donate to through Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation?
Area of Greatest Need
General priorities needed at either CVH or St. Joseph’s. A donor can choose general or designate this to Areas of Greatest need at any supported site.
Comox Valley Hospital
Acute Care, Mental Health & Rehabilitation services
Residential Care, Respite and Hospice services
Residential Care and Health Centre
Community Health Initiatives
Programs & services that support health
When you designate your donation to a specific area of care, 100% of your donation goes to that fund and can only be used for that designation. As per the Donor Bill of Rights, our Foundation is dedicated to making sure that our donors’ wishes are granted when it comes to the areas of care close to their hearts.
Our mission is to sustain and enhance quality healthcare “from first breath to end of life.” How does the Foundation support end-of-life care in the Comox Valley?
CVHF supports palliative care needs at The Views at St. Joseph’s (such as space upgrades, patient comfort items and staff education), as well as Music Therapy and capital needs for Hospice at its current location at The Views and at its future site once Hospice re-locates and expands to six beds.
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 Lynn Dashkewytch, Executive Director, directly at (250) 890-3046 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.