Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation

November 29, 2006 12:00 ET

Labatt Breweries of Canada to Leave Legacy Gift to Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation

Donation to Fund RCH's New Intensive Care Unit

NEW WESTMINSTER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 29, 2006) - Labatt Breweries of Canada will make the largest donation in its history to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation (RCHF) this Friday, December 1. The gift will kick off the Foundation's "Be a Lifesaver" holiday fundraising campaign to raise $1.6 million for the hospital's new Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The event will be followed by an exclusive tour of RCH's new 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art ICU, currently under construction.

The event will include presentations by Gary Brush, Chair, RCH Foundation Board of Directors, Adrienne Bakker, President & CEO, RCH Foundation, and Tod Melnyk, Vice President of Sales for BC, Labatt Breweries of Canada. Peter Legge, President & CEO, CanadaWide Media, will discuss his experiences as a patient at RCH and his personal connection with the hospital. This will be followed by a short presentation by Gillian Harwood, Executive Director, RCH and Dr. Sean Keenan, Medical Director of the ICU, who will outline how the new facility will increase quality of care, safety and operating efficiencies at the hospital.

Event Details:

Who: Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation, Royal Columbian Hospital and
Labatt Breweries of Canada

What: Photo/video opportunity of RCH's new Intensive Care Unit site

Interview opportunities with Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation,
Royal Columbian Hospital and Labatt Breweries of Canada

When: Friday, December 1, 2006
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Presentations
10.00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - ICU Tours

Where: Neil Russell Room, Royal Columbian Hospital
Third floor, Columbia Tower
330 East Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC

Royal Columbian Hospital is the major referral centre for trauma, cardiac and neurosurgery cases in the Fraser Health region. Trauma cases at RCH traditionally increase in November, December and January primarily due to the increased incidence of automobile and pedestrian accidents during the holiday season. More than 1,000 patients suffering from critical illness or injury fight for life every year in RCH's Intensive Care Unit. On any given day, 30 to 40 per cent of patients in RCH's ICU are trauma patients.

About Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation

Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation is an independent charitable organization which raises millions of dollars every year to fund priority equipment needs and enhancements to patient care at Royal Columbian Hospital. RCH is both a community hospital and the major trauma centre and referral hospital for the region. Approximately 1.5 million people from Burnaby to Boston Bar depend on Royal Columbian to provide highly specialized care for major trauma, cardiac and neurosurgery, renal treatment, high risk maternity and newborn intensive care.

About Labatt Breweries of Canada

Labatt Breweries of Canada is one of the nation's longest-established and most successful brewing companies. A proud brewer of 60 quality beers, including the world's best selling Canadian beer - Labatt Blue - the company employs 3,800 Canadians, operates breweries from coast to coast. Labatt is a proud member of InBev, the world's largest brewer by volume.

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