The Chemainus Health Care Foundation is a non-profit, charitable society formed in 1988 to manage funds donated by the community in support of the Chemainus hospital. Over the intervening years significant changes to provincial health care policies have occurred. This has seen the closure of the Chemainus hospital and its replacement by the Chemainus Health Care Centre. The Centre consists of a 75 bed complex care residence, an urgent care unit, laboratory services, X-ray imaging, physiotherapy and some community based programs, such as the Adult Day Program. The Foundation and the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary contributed approximately one million dollars in support of its construction and the service provided to the community by the Centre remains an important focus of the Foundation.
The Foundation was instrumental in initiating and supporting the development of a major assisted living complex known as Steeples, which is located across the street from the Health Care Centre. Support was provided through a significant fund raising drive and a grant of land for the facility.
Through out its existence the Chemainus Health Care Foundation has received and administered funds to improve community-based health care and to ensure people do not have to travel to out-of-town facilities for urgent care or basic laboratory services.
100% of the funding of the Foundation is through public donations.