Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation's board chair Jane Manning (front, centre) accepts a $150,000 gift for the hospital's new maternity unit from Envision Financial's Susan Byrom, Myrna Webster, Lois Wilkinson, Bryan Mavrow, David Lanphear, Peter Scherle, Bev Brown, Don Murray and Peter Podovinikoff.

Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation's board chair Jane Manning (front, centre) accepts a $150,000 gift for the hospital's new maternity unit from Envision Financial's Susan Byrom, Myrna Webster, Lois Wilkinson, Bryan Mavrow, David Lanphear, Peter Scherle, Bev Brown, Don Murray and Peter Podovinikoff.

Envision boosts PAH’s maternity ward

A new arrival to Peace Arch Hospital's recently opened maternity unit will put Envision Financial's name on a birthing suite.

A new arrival to Peace Arch Hospital’s recently opened maternity unit will put Envision Financial’s name on a birthing suite.

Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation announced Wednesday that Envision has gifted $150,000 to the new unit – a gift foundation executive director Jackie Smith said will benefit close to 1,000 families a year.

“The birth of a child is a special time in a family’s life,” Smith said. “I am so pleased that Envision Financial chose to support this project, which enables continued quality care – in a second-to-none maternity unit – for residents of this community.”

Envision Financial president Bev Brown, who toured the new unit Sept. 19, said the gift is part of the credit union’s “long history of giving back to the community of Surrey.”

“This project provides us with the opportunity to support an incredibly important initiative while deepening and continuing that history,” she said.

The hospital foundation launched its Oh Baby appeal for a new maternity unit in April 2009. Completion of the $5.3-million ward was celebrated in February 2011. With eight single-family birthing units, the ward is 50 per cent larger and has three times the birthing capacity of the old unit.

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