Island Health celebrates Saan Pen Hospital’s 50th anniversary with BBQ, craft fair

Island Health celebrates Saan Pen Hospital's 50th anniversary with BBQ, craft fair
Saanich Peninsula Hospital is pictured in this file photo.

Island Health is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Saanich Peninsula Hospital, also known as Saan Pen or SPH, with a public BBQ, craft fair and a look at historical photos on Saturday.

The celebrations kick off with a craft fair and mini bazaar taking place at the SPH Auxiliary parking lot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Then, at 1:30 p.m., a ceremony will be held at the main entrance of the hospital to unveil a new land acknowledgement sign, which was developed by the hospital in consultation with the four First Nations on the Saanich Peninsula.

After the ceremony, celebrations will continue outside Saan Pen’s long-term care facility with a BBQ sponsored by the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation and Rotary Club of Sidney from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Cake has also been donated by Thrifty Foods, and visitors will be able to peruse historical displays and photographs of the hospital inside SPH’s chapel.

“Saanich Peninsula Hospital has been a trusted pillar of healthcare in our community for the past 50 years,” said Island Health board chair Leah Hollins in a release Friday.

“The dedicated staff, physicians, and volunteers have worked tirelessly to provide exceptional care with compassion and expertise,” she said. “This milestone is a celebration of their commitment to improving the lives of residents.”

SPH first opened on Feb. 8, 1974. Since then, the hospital has grown to include surgical and diagnostic services, ambulance care, emergency services, inpatient care, palliative care and long-term services.

The hospital also recently added an Indigenous liaison nurse and patient navigator.

The health authority says the milestone anniversary is a chance to reflect on the hospital’s past, and look towards its future.

“We are proud of the innovative approaches our teams take to deliver high-quality, person-centered care every day,” said Erin Hohl, SPH site director. “This anniversary reminds us of our deep roots serving Vancouver Island families.”


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