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JoeAnna's House: Better Together

Artist rendering of JoeAnna’s House, located steps from KGH at the corner of Abbott St. and Royal Ave.

Every year, thousands of families from across the interior of British Columbia must travel from their homes in order for a loved one to receive life-saving specialist care at Kelowna General Hospital.  For many families wanting to maintain a presence at KGH for the period of their loved ones treatment, the lack of affordable short-term accommodation in Kelowna adds significantly to their hardship.

Research shows that patients heal better when surrounded by their loved ones.  They get better when together.

The KGH Foundation has committed to raising $8 million to build and operate JoeAnna’s House, a home-away-from-home to keep families together when they need it most.

In Kelowna, we can be proud of the extraordinary, world-class community we are building.  We are a community that cares, and when we work together, we can accomplish big things.

Together, let’s build JoeAnna’s House.

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“Keeping families together is critical, especially when you’ve got a little one that’s sick.”

Every year, thousands of families travel to Kelowna in order for a family member to receive life-saving care at Kelowna General Hospital.  Now, at any given time, one in four beds at KGH is occupied by a patient from outside the central Okanagan.

Keeping families together during these very difficult times is a matter of growing concern.  Which is why, on October 4, 2017, the KGH Foundation announced our campaign to raise $8 million to build and operate JoeAnna’s House, a home away from home for families travelling for care at KGH.

Help Us Build JoeAnna's House

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VIDEO: Michele's Story

Michele Lockhart from Beaverdell, BC tells the story of her late husband Sonny and spending his final days away from home. Knowing all too well the pain and stress of travelling while a loved one is sick, Michele looks forward to opening JoeAnna's House in Kelowna.

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The Palmer Family Story

Little Charlotte is not even three years old and already has had to spend months in hospital. Her story, like that of so many children that come to KGH for specialized care, highlights the critical need to support regional families travelling for care.

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The Dear Family Story

Zach Dear was born premature in Creston, BC and promptly transferred to KGH. After two days, his mom Lisa was discharged, away from her home, with nowhere to stay. JoeAnna's House will change everything for families like the Dears.

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