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VCH offers more details on public input on St. Mary's name

Vancouver Coastal Health is releasing some details about this month’s community consultation on a possible name change for St. Mary’s Hospital in Sechelt.

VCH is going to be meeting with groups like the Auxiliary, the Hospital Foundation, local governments and the Sechelt First Nation, which first approached VCH with the idea of name change.

“While the hospital was named in recognition of a donation for a furnace by St. Mary’s Church in Vancouver, the current facility lies on land donated by the Sechelt Indian Band in 1964 for the sum of one dollar. Over the years, the ties between the hospital and the original order that led to its name have tended to become more distant while the ties between the SIB and the communities of the Sunshine Coast have grown stronger,” says VCH.

There’s one major public event planned.  VCH is holding an open house March 31st at the hospital.  It will run from 4 to 8pm.  People can drop by, talk to folks from VCH and offer their opinions.

There’s also a special e-mail address: [email protected]

The province will get the final say, but VCH says they want to make sure as many voices as possible from the Sunshine Coast are heard.

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