Bringing the best of care,
close to home in the North

History & Mission

About the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation

The Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation was founded on June 18, 1991 as the Prince George Regional Hospital (PGRH) Foundation, with Myron Sambad as founding president. It was established pursuant to the Societies Act and is governed by its own Board of Directors.

The Foundation works in cooperation with the Northern Health Authority and focuses on the area served by the University Hospital of Northern BC, Prince George.


“To facilitate philanthropic investment in the enhancement of healthcare throughout the referral area of the University Hospital of Northern BC, previously known as the Prince George Regional Hospital.”

What We Do

The Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation was created to provide people meaningful opportunities to contribute to improving healthcare within the service area of the University Hospital of Northern BC, Prince George (UHNBC). The community has responded in a very generous way.

Since inception in 1991, more than $31 million has been contributed towards capital equipment and improvements, and support of education of healthcare workers and medical staff.

In the north, for the north

The great majority of funds have been invested directly into UHNBC and its staff. However, since changing its name and expanding its mandate in 1998, the Foundation has issued grants throughout northern British Columbia. This is a practice it intends to build upon so that the funds are spent where they will both serve the interests of the donor and do the most good for the health of the people in the region.

A key part of delivering stronger healthcare throughout the region will be in enhancing services provided through the UHNBC. As the primary referral centre for northern B.C., it is imperative that it be a focal point for quality healthcare for the people of the region. It is an entirely unique situation as Prince George is far more distant from any other tertiary care facility than any other regional hospital in the province. Nowhere else is the next regional hospital a six to 10 hour drive away.

The people of northern B.C. have come to realize that gifts to the Foundation are making a significant difference in their quality of life. Over the years, the Foundation has provided funds, in whole or in part, for such major pieces of equipment as a Diagnostic SPECT CT Scanner, permanent MRI, Cat Scanophthalmology lasers, digital radiographic suites, ultrasound units, a burn tank, a gamma camera and crash carts.  It has also funded major renovations to Jubilee Lodge and the Maternal Child Centre of Excellence at UHNBC.

Our Values

  • Maintain highest standard of ethics in the raising and stewardship of funds.
  • Build upon a donor-focused approach to fund development. Liaise closely with, and act in the best interests of, donors and healthcare providers to ensure optimal use of donated funds.
  • Help build, maintain and promote UHNBC, as a centre of healthcare excellence for northern and central BC.
  • Support capital and educational health care initiatives throughout the referral area where most needed within the continuum of health care services.
  • Encourage and maintain community partnerships.
  • Take the high road. Strive for quality and excellence.
  • Aim to meet current needs while continuing to build for the future.
  • Board, staff and volunteers each to play a significant role.
  • Respect all people equally.
  • Reflect the varied capacities and interests of donors by providing them a varied choice of opportunities to give.
  • Reflect the Spirit of the North in advocating quality health care in northern BC.

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Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation
1475 Edmonton Street
Prince George, BC
V2M 1S2

T. (250) 565-2515
F. (250) 565-2595
Toll Free: 1-877-565-2515

Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm