Penticton businessman donates $2 million for hospital expansion
PENTICTON – A local business owner has given $2 million to help equip the Penticton Regional Hospital’s new Patient Care Tower.
The donation comes from David Kampe, owner of the Peters Bros. Group of Companies, who hopes it motivates others to donate as well.
“This hospital here is every bit as good as any hospital in the province,” said Kampe in a news release. “It’s a remarkable hospital for this region’s level of population.”
The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation is trying to raise $20 million to provide new medical equipment for the PRH expansion.
“No one understands the importance of a donation more than Mr. David Kampe,” said foundation executive-director Janice Perrino. “He came to us even before we got the agreement for the Patient Care Tower by the Province because he knew we had to have the community come on side and he was ready to get the campaign rolling.”
In 2011, Kampe donated a one hectare property adjacent to the hospital to the foundation. The land was valued at $1.5 million.
Construction of the $325 million Patient Care Tower is expected to begin in 2016.
It will have surgical rooms, single patient rooms and other facilities.