The Cottage Hospital
Vernon Jubilee Hospital opened its doors to patients in late 1897 thanks to the tireless fundraising efforts of Mrs. Clara Cameron, wife of Vernon's Mayor. Named Vernon Jubilee Hospital in honour of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, the Hospital was always referred to as the "Cottage Hospital." It opened with sixteen beds and the rates were set at $1.50 per day for a public ward and $2.00 per day for a private room. There was no indoor plumbing.
The Artist - Rick Bond
Born in Victoria, BC, Canada, Rick Bond grew up in the Gulf Islands off Vancouver Island. At the time of printing, Rick lives, works and paints in Vernon, BC where he has a strong affilitation with the community as Past President of the Okanagan Artists League and the Vernon Community Arts Council. He join Vernon Jubilee Hospital in 1975 and in 1978 became Manager of Pharmacy Services, a position he held until his retirement.
In 1895, after a diphtheria epidemic struck Vernon, a committee led by Mrs. F Cameron began to canvas the city and surrounding district for a much needed cottage hospital. 1897 marked the incorporation of and opening of Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Since then, VJH has provided outstanding inpatient, ambulatory and extended care services to its patients.
Today, Vernon Jubilee Hospital has 148 acute care beds at VJH and 395 residential care beds throughout Vernon, Armstrong and Enderby. Over 100,000 out patient visits are made each year to the hospital. VJH serves the community as an acute care regional hospital offering a variety of medical and surgical specialties. Community based programs such as Home Health, Public Health, Mental Health and a wide variety of Seniors care programs all work in tandem with the hospital to ensure complete and continuing health care for patients beyond their hospital stay.
As one of four Service Area Hospitals operating in Interior Health’s network of health care facilities, Vernon Jubilee Hospital (VJH) provides hospital services to residents of the North Okanagan.
Established in 1897, Vernon Jubilee Hospital provides:
VJH is a scent-free facility. Staff, patients and visitors are asked to avoid using perfume and other scented personal care products.
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Vernon Jubilee Hospital
2101 – 32nd Street
Vernon, V1T 5L2
Phone: (250) 558-1200
Fax: (250) 542-0369