Our History

Why We’re Here and What We Do

In 1985, Valley Regional Hospital Foundation was formed to raise $8 million (25% of the funds needed) from the community to build Valley Regional Hospital. Foundations like ours play an important role in gathering community financial resources and with the generosity of thousands of donors like you, our Foundation has provided over $18 million to improve healthcare in our community.

36 Years of Service

1985 – Valley Regional Hospital Foundation established to raise funds for construction of new regional hospital in Kentville.
1986 – Building Valley Health Campaign launched with goal of $8 million.
1988 – Sod turning marks construction of $36.5 million, 243 bed hospital.
1989 – Campaign reaches $8 million goal for new hospital.
1990 – New campaign launched to raise $1.5 million for medical equipment.
1992 – Official opening of Valley Regional Hospital.
1993 – Chaplaincy Services Appeal launched to raise $1 million for an endowment fund.
1994 – First Festival of Lights fundraising drive for Chaplaincy Services Appeal.
1996 – Chaplaincy Services Appeal reaches $1 million goal.
1997 – Campaign to raise $600,000 for mobile mammography unit. Mobile Breast Screening program begins operation.
1998 – New mammography unit opens at VRH; Mobile van serves 4,129 women in first year.
2001 – “Making a Healthy Investment” Capital Equipment Campaign launched for new CT Scanner and other medical equipment.
2003 – 10th anniversary of the Festival of Lights campaign.
2004 – Completion of Capital Equipment Campaign over $2.6 million raised for medical equipment at Valley Regional Hospital.
2008 – Valley Regional Hospital Foundation and the Valley Hospice Foundation initiate an $8 million capital campaign, “Our Community, Our Health” for redevelopment including an 8-bedroom hospice and palliative care centre, additional beds, enlarged Emergency department, expanded Ambulatory Care and better use of existing and renovated space.
2010 – Public launch of Our Community Our Health Campaign with $4 million of $8 million goal achieved.
2013/2014 – Our Community Our Health Campaign nears $8 million.
2014/2015 – Our Community Our Health reaches $8 million goal. Hospice final piece to be completed. The Foundation purchased 6 fetal monitors.
2015/2016 – Fundraising enables Foundation to purchase 3 anesthetic machines and a surgical navigation platform.
2016/2017 – The Foundation fundraised for surgical microscopes, plasma button, fluid warmers, and other smaller items.
2017/2018 – The Foundation fundraised for ceiling lifts, mammography equipment, and other smaller items.
2018/2019 – The Foundation fundraised for 3 ventilators, laparoscopic surgical equipment, and other smaller items.
2019/2020 – The Foundation fundraised for a portable digital x-ray machine, a portable ultrasound, and funded services and programs in the community.
2020/2021
– The Foundation fundraised for a COVID-19 Response Fund, a C-Arm for Diagnostic Imaging, and funded services and programs in the community.