HEALTH CARE SUPPORT Health care has changed over the years. In 1921, the Summerland Hospital, on Hospital Hill (now Solly Road) boasted a state-of-the-art operating room. Today the community is served by the Penticton Regional Hospital. Since 1909, the Summerland Health Care Auxiliary has provided funding for health care services. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Summerland Health Care Auxiliary has a long history

For 110 years, the auxiliary has raised funds for health care needs

Over the past 110 years, the Summerland Health Care Auxiliary has gone through many changes, but the purpose of the organization remains the same.

The auxiliary was organized on April 20, 1909 and at that time, the organization’s chief work was paying the rent, phone and insurance and providing equipment for the hospital at the bottom of Gulch Road.

In 1910, a 10-bed, two-storey hospital was built and officially opened on Sept. 23, 1914. The auxiliary raised money for this project and provided the linen and other equipment as well as a cash donation to the building cup.

READ ALSO: Summerland Health Care Auxiliary completes hospital donation pledge early

READ ALSO: Summerland Health Care Auxiliary raises funds for X-ray equipment

That hospital burned down on Dec. 1919 and the Felin Hotel was used until a new one could be built.

The auxiliary helped by borrowing and buying furnishings and supplies and by holding sewing bees to make the linens.

The new hospital was opened June 2, 1921.

A Junior Ladies’ Hospital Auxiliary was formed in 1934. This organization built a small cannery east of the hospital and in 1934 preserved 720 quarts of fruit for the hospital.

This junior auxiliary later became known as the Ladies’ Hospital Auxiliary.

The auxiliary helped to furnish the north wing of the Summerland hospital, which was built in 1947.

The auxiliary also raised money for the next Summerland hospital, which was opened June 1, 1967 on Atkinson Road.

Today, the auxiliary — now known as the Summerland Health Care Auxiliary — raises money through the thrift store on Victoria Road North.

Earlier this year, the auxiliary completed its five-year fundraising campaign to raise $1 million for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s equipment campaign.

The auxiliary has now committed to raising between $750,000 and $800,000 for a new X-ray machine for the Summerland Health Centre.

The existing X-ray machine is 20 years old and is five years past its expected lifespan.

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Revelstoke elementary school students create art for seniors

The inter-generational project sees Grade 5 students creating outdoor art at Moberly Manor

Rain in Sunday forecast for Okanagan-Shuswap

Environment Canada calling for 15-20 millimetres in regions

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Okanagan, Shuswap

Environment Canada is forecasting strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy downpours in parts of the Interior

WorkSafe BC conducted 70 inspections in the Okanagan amid B.C.’s reopening plan

WorkSafe BC has conducted 100 inspections at restaurants across the province since May 19

Easter Seals shifts to virtual camps due to COVID-19 restrictions

The Lake Country summer camp is for children and adults with disabilities

Shuswap caregiver a hero in husband’s eyes

Night and day shifts leave little time for Tracy and Rick Duncan

COVID-19: B.C. landlords can’t evict if they decline rent assistance

Emergency order ‘incentive’ for federal program, Carole James says

Structure fire in Lake Country

Fire crews are responding to a blaze on Pelmewash Parkway

Investigators probe death of CN employee at Surrey rail yard

Transportation Safety Board is investigating an ‘occurrence that took place during switching operations’

Location of Summerland’s solar project questioned

Proposal calls for location on prime housing land

Trans Mountain starts B.C. leg of pipeline twinning project

Mostly finished in Alberta, Burnaby terminal expanding

Kelowna police seek witnesses to fatal collision

The crash was discovered in the 3100-block of Bulman Road in Kelowna around 5:30 a.m. on June 1

Most Read