Fraser Canyon Hospital

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Fraser Canyon Hospital
Fraser Health
Geography
Location Hope, Lower Mainland, British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates 49°22′39″N 121°25′26″W / 49.37742°N 121.42382°W / 49.37742; -121.42382Coordinates: 49°22′39″N 121°25′26″W / 49.37742°N 121.42382°W / 49.37742; -121.42382
Organization
Care system Public Medicare (Canada) (MSP)
Services
Emergency department Yes
Beds 10
Links
Website Fraser Health
Lists Hospitals in Canada

Fraser Canyon Hospital (FCH) is a publicly funded community hospital in the town of Hope, British Columbia, Canada.

Overview[edit]

FCH is a 10-bed hospital and provides services including: 24/7 emergency care stabilization and triage and hospice beds and services. Emergency care stabilization and triage 24/7 is a critical need for Fraser Canyon Hospital due to its geographic isolation and the number of travellers using the major highways that converge in the area.[1] One such traveller was Grand Chief Stewart Phillip who was triaged at FCH in 2014 after his car flipped over.[2] On April 17, 1999, an 8-year-old girl playing near Kawkawa Lake Camp was treated at FCH after being attacked by young female cougar.[3]

History[edit]

The establishment of a hospital was a political issue in the 1950s, escalated by the 1956 Slesse Mountain airplane crash that killed all 62 people on board. Efforts and assets by the local Medical Clinic Association to set up a privately operated facility were transferred to the Hope Hospital Association to build and operate a government-backed hospital. Area MLA Irvine Finlay Corbett of the British Columbia Social Credit Party was an advocate but died in his own air crash prior to the opening of the hospital.[4]

Health Minister Eric Martin officially opened FCH on January 10, 1959. The 20-bed hospital was complete with delivery and operating rooms.[5] In 2001, its governance transferred from the Fraser Valley Health Region to the newly created and larger Fraser Health Authority as part of a province-wide restructuring of health authorities.

Philanthropy[edit]

The hospital is supported by the Fraser Valley Healthcare Foundation and by the Auxiliary to the Fraser Canyon Hospital and Fraser Hope Lodge which operates gift shops in both facilities.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hospital Services Directory Archived 2009-08-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Smith, Charlie (16 February 2014). "Grand Chief Stewart Phillip survives serious car accident". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Etling, Kathy (2004). Cougar Attacks: Encounters of the Worst Kind. Globe Pequot Press. p. 65. ISBN 1592282962. 
  4. ^ Asche, Gerd (2012). Plagues and Placebos, vol.2. FriesenPress. p. 60. ISBN 1460207378. 
  5. ^ Simone Rolph - Hope Standard, Published: 14 January 2009