Medical Foundation hires new director

The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation has hired a new director.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation has hired a new director.

Carey Bornn will begin his work with the foundation on Sept. 19.

His background in fundraising includes work at the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation in Vancouver, the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation in New Westminster and  the University of Calgary.

“He has the expertise and enthusiasm to lead us to the successful conclusion of our current campaign and into the future – ensuring quality health care for the entire South Okanagan-Similkameen,” said Walter Despot, chair of the foundation’s board.

Vice chair Gerry Ryan, who headed the search committee, said Bornn stood out from other candidates interviewed for the role.

“We were impressed with the breadth of his resume and his personal determination as demonstrated through the challenges he has assumed in the past,” Ryan said.

At present, the foundation is working on a $20 million fundraising campaign to provide medical equipment for the expansion at the Penticton Regional Hospital.

The expansion is a $312 million patient care tower. Construction has started and the facility will be completed early in 2019.