Langley, B.C. (May 28, 2018) – Emergency Response, the campaign to build a new emergency department at Langley Memorial Hospital, launched Monday, May 28 with two huge donations and the announcement of a new MRI for Langley.
Maria Martini and Allan Skidmore announced their families’ gifts, $5 million and $2 million respectively, at an event Monday morning and kicked off the $15-million fundraising campaign – the largest campaign in Langley’s history – to build a new emergency department for Langley Memorial Hospital.
“We are grateful to the Martini and Skidmore families for their generosity,” said Phil Jackman, campaign chair for the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Emergency Response campaign. “The people of Langley – one of Canada’s fastest-growing communities – desperately need a new emergency department. These gifts will help propel us to our exciting goal.”
Langley Memorial Hospital opened in 1948. And the hospital has not kept pace with Langley’s extraordinary growth.
“I’m proud of the people I work with – they are passionate about their work and they are exceptional at providing quality patient care. But this good care is provided in the most challenging conditions,” said Dr. Willem De Vynck, an emergency physician at Langley Memorial Hospital.
“The new emergency department will double our current footprint and ensure that as Langley continues to grow, people in this community will have access to emergency care, in a space built to meet their needs.”
The new MRI will be operational in 2019, while the emergency department is slated to open in fall 2020.
Both Phil Jackman and Vivian Smith – executive director of the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation – are available to discuss the hospital’s future and improvements to care in Langley.