New Westminster – January 21, 2008 – Wesgroup Properties announced today their pledge of $62,500 in support of the Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) Foundation, with $17,500 immediately benefiting the new Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit (CSICU) through the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment.

“Support from donors and our community partners, like Wesgroup, really make a difference,” said Adrienne Bakker, President and CEO of RCH Foundation. “As the major heart centre for the Fraser Health region, RCH is under strain from the increasing demand for critical cardiac services. Funding equipment for the CSICU helps to improve care and outcomes for heart patients.”

Says Gino Nonni, President of Wesgroup Properties: “The opportunity to support Royal Columbian Hospital is something that Wesgroup is very excited about. We are proud to be a part of this community and to be partnering with the RCH Foundation in helping the hospital deliver the best care possible for residents here and throughout the region.”

RCH’s new Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit opened to receive its first patients January 21. The 3,000-sq.-ft. cardiac unit, double the size of the old one, will now accommodate eight beds, an increase of two, in two four-bed pods. The RCH Foundation’s $2-million Heart to Heart Campaign is raising money to help fund equipment for cardiac services in general as well as the Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit in particular.

As the tertiary referral centre, RCH is the only hospital in Fraser Health to perform open heart surgery.

About Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation is an independent charitable organization that raises millions of dollars every year to fund priority projects and equipment needs at Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH). Approximately 1.5 million people from Burnaby to Boston Bar depend on Royal Columbian to provide highly specialized care for major trauma emergencies, cardiac and neurosurgery, renal treatment, high risk maternity and newborn intensive care. For more information, visit

About Wesgroup Properties Wesgroup is a family-owned real estate company that specializes in the development of sustainable, intelligently conceived mixed-use spaces. In business for more than 45 years, Wesgroup owns more than 2.3 million square feet of health services, retail, commercial, industrial and multi-tenant residential real estate in BC and Alberta. For more information, visit