Our History

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For many years there was no organized health care on the Penders. Early settlers travelled to other Islands or to Vancouver Island for service. For periods of time Doctors would move to the Islands and be available to handle emergencies. Our goal is to gradually fill in the history of health care on the Penders from the arrival of the first settlers up to the present day. If you have information tucked away about health care on Pender, that would help fill in the picture, we would love to hear from you.   

The PIHCS was formed in 1970 by the Pender Lions Club, to build and operate a Health Centre on-Island to house  a Medical Clinic plus other health services. The initial facility was built on land donated by the Mather family, and included a Medical Clinic and Dentist office, a waiting area, washrooms and 3 small offices shared over the years by a physiotherapist, various visiting nurses and lab collection services. In 1989 the exisiting Ambulance Station was built. In 1994 the East  Wing addition was added to provide accomodation for the Southern Gulf Islands Home Support Services plus a range of additional services including public health, a small loan equipment room, and a room for alternate therapies including massage. Small additions were added in the 1990s and early 2000's including additions to the waiting area, enlarging the Emergency Treatment Room, and adding a cold room. By 2005 the facility was bursting and the Health Care Society undertook a major fundraising drive and in 2008 completed a new 3,442 sq.ft medical wing, almost doubling the size of the existing facility. The Medical Clinic was expanded to provide for up to 3 practitioners to practice at one time, and included a state of the art Emergency Treatment  Room with 2 bays. As well the existing facility was totally renovated to provide additional space for the healing arts, as well as increasing the space needs for dentisty, optomotrist, lab collection, community nursing, counselling services, volunteer services, and administration. The new facility was joined to the existing facility with an peaceful courtyard in the centre with two ponds, housing donated koi and goldfish. Today the 8401 sq.ft. facility is once again bursting at its seems, but is still able to provide for the Health care needs of the community. 

Early Health Care on the Penders

The PI Health Care Centre - 1970 to the Present