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Seaspan launches ship-sized donation for Lions Gate Hospital

$2.65-million gift will help build new critical care unit for North Van hospital
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Members of Seaspan and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation make sizeable donation to Lions Gate Hospital. May, 2021.

North Vancouver’s Seaspan shipyards and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation are delivering a boatload of donations to the Lions Gate Hospital.

The Lions Gate Hospital Foundation announced a $2.65-million gift from the shipbuilders Monday morning.

“This commitment is a direct reflection of who we are and what we strive to be as an engaged, supportive and committed company to our employees and to our community,” said Seaspan CEO Mark Lamarre in a release.

Of the total donation, $1.5 million is earmarked for a new critical care unit, which is expected to treat up to 1,400 seriously ill patients per year.

The 12 single-patient rooms on the second floor will have state-of-the-art monitoring and support equipment and will be staffed by critical care specialists.

The donations from Seaspan and the Washingtons put the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation over its $9.4-million goal to build the unit.

“We are extremely grateful for this timely contribution from Seaspan and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation,” said Judy Savage, president and CEO of the LGH Foundation. “There has never been a greater need for critical care services in our community and this donation ensures that Lions Gate Hospital can move forward with the project that will provide advanced care to patients with complex and challenging health issues. Their generosity will make a difference in people’s lives for many years to come.”

Another $1.15 million will go toward virtual care, allowing patients from the North Shore, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Powell River, Sunshine Coast, as well as Bella Bella and Bella Coola to have “video visits,” home health monitoring and secure messaging, according to the foundation.