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Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation

IN THIS ISSUE Message from our Board Chair 2 Giving Back Through their Gift 3 Signature Events


Community Supporters


Face of the Foundation


How you Can Get Involved


Significant Gift Increases Access to Critical Service What do an Echo-Cardiac Ultrasound, a Portable Ultrasound, a Ureteroscope, a Resectoscope and a Broncoscope all have in common? Besides being difficult to pronounce, if you answered that they are all pieces of medical equipment, you would be close. If you answered that they are all types of equipment that are used by our medical staff for minimally-invasive procedures, you would be even closer. But the correct answer in this case is... they were all funded by one generous Langley family. The impact of this gift on patient care at Langley Memorial Hospital has been immediate and profound. Our wait lists have shrunk, we are able to offer less-invasive

procedures and therefore many of our patients and their families will be impacted by this generous donation. The benefits of minimally-invasive procedures are numerous. Patients have smaller incisions, less risk of bleeding and post-operative infections, shortened recovery times, reduced pain after surgery, and shorter hospital stays. In short, patients are able to return to their regular lives much quicker after surgeries. This ensures faster recoveries and fewer complications. This equipment will allow our doctors to detect cancers sooner, operate with a greater degree of precision, and ensure our patients get the best possible outcomes. Another benefit? Having this equipment at LMH has enabled our staff to decrease surgical wait times, which is a Ministry of Health priority. We are constantly increasing efficiency, which equals a better patient experience.

Our second Echo-Cardiac Ultrasound is now online!

Hilary Vandergugten (Emergency Department, LMH) with a Portable Ultrasound machine

This highly-advanced system is used to perform an echocardiogram, a non-invasive procedure that looks at the size, shape and motion of the heart. Renovations to the Medical Imaging Department were completed just days before the new equipment was installed, and our first patient was welcomed by excited staff members on July 19th. The

Partner with us in building a healthy community

Linda Goranko (Surgical Department, LMH) with a Surgical Video Tower

addition of this second machine not only opens up accessibility to patients during the day, but it also provides a back-up for the new Echo-Cardiac ultrasound machine we received last Fall. This means that if one of the machines is off-line for any reason, then we still have the ability to perform urgent, critical service to patients. This is a wonderful example of how one gift from one family can make a difference in the lives of thousands of patients.

Pictured above: Tammy Karoway (Manager, Medical Imaging, LMH) with Echo-Cardiac Ultrasound

Message from our Board of Directors Our Langley hospital is an integral and important part of health care for Langley families and our community!

Deanna Horn, Board Chair

The LMH Foundation Board of Directors are keenly aware of this and so this diverse group of dedicated, local individuals are solidly committed to giving their time and significant financial support to the growing needs of the hospital. They actively participate and provide strategic leadership in the engagement of volunteers and the financial support of local residents and business owners. Through the generosity of Langley’s citizens and volunteers, the community supports the acquisition of hospital equipment, thus ensuring quality health care for the patients of our hospital.

It is a pleasure to be part of such a dedicated group of people prepared to step up and generously provide for the hospital that every local family will need at one time or another. Thank you to our Board of Directors, the many volunteers, our dedicated staff and the enormous generosity of the many Foundation donors. Your support for the Foundation, as a donor or a volunteer, benefits everyone. The Foundation’s work brings better local diagnosis and treatment – meaning shorter hospital stays, better health outcomes and a stronger community.

Friendly Staff Ease Anxiety One thing we hear from patients and visitors to our hospital is how wonderful the staff are. From the nurses and doctors to the technicians and porters, we are so proud of the fantastic people who work here and we get excited when we have the opportunity to celebrate them through our Grateful Patient Program. One of these people is Tim Schultz, an x-ray technician in Medical Imaging. Tim, originally from Saskatchewan, moved to Langley 1988. After working in Vancouver for five and a half years, he made the move to Langley Memorial and has been here ever since. Last month, a patient who came to the ER with a shoulder injury needed to be scanned in Medical Imaging. Recognizing that he was in pain and feeling anxious, Tim took the time to joke with him and help him relax. Tim’s

friendly nature and humour helped settle him down, and once the scans were done, Tim helped his patient find his way back to the ER and made sure he was comfortable. A couple of weeks later, his patient visited our office to share his story and show his appreciation by making a donation. Every day, our staff take the time to assist their patients and ensure that they receive the best care possible. This is a great example of what grateful patient giving is all about!

Recognizing that he was in pain and feeling anxious, Tim took the time to joke with him and help him relax.


Tim Shultz (Medical Imaging, LMH) with Erin McDonald (Donor Relations, LMHF)


Giving Back Through Their Legacy Gift If you want to know a bit about the history of our hospital, just ask Doris Riedweg. She had a rather romantic introduction to the ‘hospital on the hill’ from an RCMP officer friend who called it ‘the best little hospital in BC’. At the time, she had no idea the impact Langley Memorial would have on her life. After graduating as a registered nurse from VGH, Doris made the move to LMH in 1956. Doris spent two and a half years working in the “Cottage” hospital, before taking some time to travel and work in other areas. She returned for a brief period, then left again to pursue additional training. But she was always drawn back to Langley.

Along with many of her nursing colleagues, she was most happy to work at Langley Memorial because of the patients. Years ago, patients were often on bed care for days or even weeks, which gave the staff plenty of time to get to know them.The care was comprehensive, personal and compassionate.

She came to Langley Memorial for the third time to work in the ‘1965 Building’. She also met and married her husband, John, and moved to his family’s farm near the hospital. When asked what pulled her back, Doris struggled to put it in words. “Everyone who worked at the hospital, the medical staff and Miss Marion Ward (the hospital matron) were such wonderful people”, she says. With her experience working in a big city hospital, Doris described the environment of working in Langley as more relaxed. “Everyone worked hard, and was treated well and with respect. It really was a lovely place to work and the camaraderie amongst the staff was something that had to be experienced to be believed’, she recalls. “And did you know that in the early years of the hospital, people with vegetable gardens would grow extra to take to the hospital kitchen? Many a farmer donated a side of beef or a few chickens from time to time,” she laughs.

Doris and John Riedweg at home on their Langley farm

Even after leaving Langley Memorial in 1979 to care for her ailing mother, the hospital was never far from her thoughts. In the mid-1990’s, Doris was invited to the join the Heritage Committee and was the primary writer and editor of the ‘Hospital on the Hill’, a historical book chronicling the first 50 years of our hospital’s history.

Family Matters: Wills, Insurance, Estates and Health Care Planning


Our seminars will cover estate planning topics such as wills, power of attorney, charitable giving and executorship, as well as a presentation on advance care planning.

‘The best little hospital in BC’ has been an important part of John’s and Doris’ life for over 60 years. As a demonstration of the love they have for their community and for Langley Memorial, they have included a gift in their will. “The hospital has meant a lot to both of us. I have wonderful memories of working there, and we both have needed the hospital on several occasions. For us, it was a personal decision but it made sense - we love living in Langley, have deep roots here and felt it was important to give back to the community that given so much to us,” says Doris, “and I know firsthand, as a former surgical nurse, how important it is to have a hospital that is modern and well-equipped to care for patients and their families,” she adds. Patient care and treatment has advanced tremendously and we can only imagine what’s going to happen in the future. By including the hospital in their will, Doris and John are leaving a legacy of care and compassion that will benefit our community for years to come. Contact Kate Ludlam at 604.514.6043 for a confidential conversation about your legacy gift, including sample will clauses and gift designations.

3 EASY WAYS TO REGISTER! Call: 604.514.6043 Email: Online:

Estate Planning Seminars Coming to a Community Near You! Willoughby Location: Date & time:

G&F Financial, #120 - 20780 Willoughby Town Centre Drive Wednesday, September 28, 6:30 pm

Murrayville Location: Date & time:

RBC, 22314 Fraser Highway Thursday, October 6, 6:30 pm

Walnut Grove Location: Date & time:

Walnut Grove Community Centre, 8889 Walnut Grove Drive Wednesday, November 2, 6:30 pm

Kate Ludlam Donor Relations

Seminars are free and will be presented by members of the LMH Foundation’s Legacy Giving Advisory Committee and staff from the Fraser Health Advance Care Planning Program.

Join the conversation! Visit us online at or give us a call 604.533.6422


Signature Events It’s been a successful year for our signature fundraising events! Guests at our May 14th ‘Denim & Diamonds’ Gala, proudly presented by Mercedes-Benz Langley, were treated to an amazing evening at Cascade Casinos Resort. Over 320 guests donned their boots, blacktie suits and best bling and joined us for an elegant evening emceed by former CBC radio host Mark Forsythe. Guests dined on a delicious 4 -course meal, tried their hand at the “Diamond Dig”, were entertained by the musical styling’s of Otherwise Decent Men, and bid on an assortment of incredible Silent and Live Auction items. Langley citizen Jim Larsen sharing the story of his personal experience at Langley Memorial Hospital (via video presentation), Dr. Michael Goodwin and Dr. Mitra Maharaj demonstrating the direct impact donor support and donations have on patient care, and the exciting

announcements of purchases made in our ‘Operating Room’ were just a few of the highlights from the evening. An exciting addition to the event this year was the set up of a ‘mock’ Operating Room inside the Ballroom. Equipment was on display for guests to view, and in some cases, try out! Each piece came with a Gala sale price and business was good. By the end of the night, over $50,000 worth of equipment had been purchased, including video tower monitors, suction irrigators, a camera head, a laparoscope, ankle arthroscope sets, retractors, clamps and more. All in all, the event was a huge success, raising over $270,000!

We’re looking forward to next year’s Gala, as we’ll be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of this very special event! Save the Date for Saturday, May 13, 2017. We are looking forward to a spectacular day of golf at our upcoming tournament later this month, taking place at Redwoods Golf Course. Golfers can look forward to the Food Truck Tailgate party, activities and contests on many of the holes, a delicious buffet dinner, an engaging live auction and our famous potato raffle!

Our signature events are not possible without the generosity of our donors, guests, sponsors and volunteers. Thank you for your continued support of our special events. In particular, we would like to thank the following major sponsors: Golf Tournament Title Sponsor

Gala Presenting Sponsor

Gala Gold Sponsors

Gala Venue Sponsor

Gala Cocktail Sponsor

Gala Dinner Sponsor

Community Supporters


Chartwell Langley Gardens Butterfly Release. Painted

Willoughby Dayz Festival LMH ‘Teddy Bear Clinic’.

lady butterflies were released to commemorate family events, in memory of loved ones and in support of wishes in the beautiful outdoor courtyard of Langley Gardens.

Children were encouraged to bring their teddy bears or dollies to the clinic, where ‘medical’ treatment was given for those felt and fabric friends.


Jean Sexsmith (volunteer at Chartwell Renaissance Retirement Residences in Langley) presents Vivian

Smith (Executive Director, LMHF) with the proceeds from their Country Store - a total of $1300!

Jim Turnbull, with Telus Team Cares, presents a $2300 to Erin McDonald (Donor Relations, LMHF) and Karin Massar (Donor Relations, LMHF).

Join the conversation! Visit us online at or give us a call 604.533.6422


Face of the Foundation Our Board of Directors At our AGM on June 15, the 2016/2017 Board of Directors was confirmed. We are pleased to welcome our newest Board Director, Melanie Skidmore, a Clinical Nurse Educator and Director of the Jessoma Foundation.

Melanie Skidmore

Deanna Horn, Chair

Paul Coltura

Balraj Mann

Linda Steier

RE/MAX Treeland Realty

BDO Canada LLP

Polycrete Restorations Ltd

Langley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Ellen Peterson, Vice Chair

Rebecca Darnell

Richard McMullan

Eric Woodward

Langley Division of Family Practice

Darnell & Company Lawyers

Campbell Burton & McMullan LLP

Statewood Properties Ltd

Nav Gill, Treasurer

Manjit Gill

Melanie Skidmore

Facet Advisors LLP

Cloverdale Fuel Ltd./Darman Group

Jessoma Foundation

Dr. David Chapman, Secretary

Michael Leggatt

Vivian Smith

Four Oaks Medical Centre

PH & N Investment Counsel

Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation

The Foundation Staff is Growing! The LMH Foundation is fortunate to have a talented and dedicated staff. We are pleased and excited to welcome three new staff members to our team!

Karin Massar

Helen Hughes

Rhonda McFetridge

Donor Relations

Donor Relations

Finance & Operations

LMH Foundation Staff

Our office has moved! In order to be more accessible for donors and hospital staff, our Main Office has relocated to its new home in the main lobby, between the Cashier and Gift Shop, behind our donor wall. We would love to see you - please stop by to say hello the next time you’re here!



How You Can Get Involved Our whole community benefits when everyone has access to the best care. By supporting the Foundation, you join us as a partner in local health care. Your support for the Foundation, as a donor or a volunteer, benefits everyone. Together,

our work brings better local diagnosis, care and treatment – meaning shorter hospital stays, better health outcomes and a stronger community.

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED • Contributing an individual or corporate donation • Leaving a Legacy gift • Setting up a monthly donation • Donating a memorial or tribute gift

• Hosting a fundraising event • Supporting one of our signature events • Volunteering – in our office or at an event

Representatives from The Eureka Masonic Lodge #103 Langley present $600 to Erin McDonald (Donor Relations, LMHF) for the purchase of Buzzy Monitors for the Maternity and Pediatric Units.

A Very Special Thank You Through bringing together residents and businesses to support local health care services, the Foundation is building partnerships and a stronger community. We would like to acknowledge these individuals, estates, corporate and community organizations (and those who prefer to remain anonymous) for their generous donations, received in the first half of 2016, which have helped to support exceptional care at Langley Memorial Hospital. Able in the Grove Collision

Deloitte Foundation Canada

Humphrey Construction

Mercedes-Benz Langley

Doug Simpson

Ace Fencing Ltd.

Paul and Robyn Doornberg

Investors Group Financial Services Inc.

Millicent Milne

Vivian Smith and Steve Passley

Anglican Church of the Ascension


Phil and Barb Jackman

Moxie’s Grill and Bar

Aplin & Martin Consultants Ltd.

Drive for the Cure Foundation

Mary Janower

Bob and Marlene Myers

Soroptimist International of the Langleys

Arthur Allen Design

Duncanby Lodge & Marina Inc.

J D Farms Specialty Turkey Store

Myers Organic Farm

B & B Contracting Group

Eighteen 27 Restaurant

Jessoma Foundation

NAI Commercial

Dolores and Larry Baese

Eureka Masonic Lodge No.103

Ray H. Jurgensen

Newlands Golf & Country Club

Tim and Wanda Barks

Evolution Pilates & Yoga Studio


Newmark Group

BDO Canada LLP

Excel Jewellers

Keepsake Portraits

Dr. Kathryn Ng

Benchmark Homes Ltd.

Facet Advisors LLP Chartered Accountants

Art and Anne Kern

Nufloors Langley

Robert Kielhorn

Frances M. Omelaniec

Knights of Columbus #4767

Mark and Sherry Omelaniec

Kristy Powers Photography

Otter Farm & Home Co-Operative

The Langley Advance

Paar Family

The Langley Concrete Group

The Parish of St. George

Langley Event Centre

The Parlour Salon, Spa and Men’s Den

Langley Presbyterian Church

Peace Portal Golf Course

Langley Quilters’ Guild

Peterson Family

Dr. Carolyn Van Schagen and Vernon Bauer

Darcy and Manjit Gill

Metro Valley Newspaper Group / The Langley Times

Lorraine Peterson

Vancouver Canucks

Heather Giuriato

Langley Volkswagen

Dr. Erica Phelps

Vancouver Giants

Tim Goepel

Laurmel Holdings

Polycrete Restorations Ltd.

Vista Landscape Services

Dr. Michael Goodwin

Lindsay Kenney LLP

Progress Lodge #81

Warm Hearts Charitable Foundation

Mitch Gurvitch

George P. Lowe

Anwar and Ponnamma Qadir

Watt/Viera Family

H.Y. Engineering Ltd.

Loyal Protestant Association

Blair Qualey

Dwayne Weidendorf

Phil Hale

Kate D. Ludlam

Residents of Chartwell - Renaissance Retirement

Western Water Farms and Gardens Inc.

Evergreen Choir

Dr. Elaine Mah

Roslyn Ritchie-Derrien

High Point Equestrian Centre & Clubhouse


Rotary Club of Langley Central

Mike and Karen Mason

Bob and Nimi Sangha

MCM Sales

Sears Canada Inc.

Richard W. McMullan

The Shewan Foundation

Roy Mears

Silverman Mortgage Group

Deborah Benson


Sylvia C. Boost

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport

Magellan Law

Feminine Form Fine Lingerie

Cactus Club Cafe Campbell Burton & McMullan LLP Canadian Tire

G & F Financial Group - Willoughby

Cedar Rim Nursery Ltd. Domaine de Chaberton Estate Winery Dr. David and Mrs. Robyn Chapman James Chen Dr. Mark Chiu Christian Life Assembly (CLA) CIBC CPA International Investigations Inc. Creative Goldsmiths Crichton Family Dallas Watt Demo Ltd. Danielle Gelhorn Equine Art Darnell & Company Law Office Dr. Len DeLair

Fort Langley Wellness Center Jack and Debbie Froese

Ted and Janice Carlson

Dean Hooseman PREC

Fort Langley Evangelical Free Church

Gateway Casino & Entertainment Ltd.

Joyce A. Hopkins Deanna and Brian Horn Roberta Hosier Hudson’s Bay Company

Dr. Lukasz Soswa Steve Nash Fitness World Sports Club Dr. Kimberly Suvajdzic Taj Homes Development Ltd. Tanner Handling Services Ltd. TD Bank Group TELUS Employee Charitable Giving Program Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop Trading Post Brewing Company Trail Appliances Valley Pharmacy Ltd. Valley Traffic Systems Inc.

Westland Insurance Group Ltd. Estate of Joan Patricia Wicklund Willoughby Dental Centre Dr. Leo and Dr. Flora Wong Henriette Zeglen

Join the conversation! Visit us online at or give us a call 604.533.6422


Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation

22051 Fraser Highway Langley, BC V3A 4H4


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