Emsland family donates half a million dollars to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation


Ralph and Linda Emsland, both from Lloydminster, Alta., Moved to Kamloops in 1973 with their two sons, Brett and Blake.

The Royal Inland Hospital Foundation has received $ 500,000 from the Ralph Emsland family to fund the hospital’s new patient care tower, which is expected to be completed by 2022.

“We have been thinking about making a donation to the RIH Foundation for some time. for us, ”said Ralph Emsland.

“We hope that our contribution will be an example for the community and encourage others, both individuals and businesses, to donate as well.”

The hospital’s current helipad requires a short ambulance ride, but the new area, which will be located at the top of the tower, will completely eliminate the need for ambulance transport as patients will be taken via a dedicated elevator directly to the ward. emergency.

The family also has a close connection to the current hospital field helipad and the medical evacuation program.

In the 1980s, Ralph Emsland joined Seymour Air Ltd. with owner Abe Giesbrecht, doing charters and medical evacuations for the provincial government until the mid-1990s. Emsland started Westcan Aircraft in 1987, selling planes and parts, then specializing in aircraft leasing. helicopters. Westair Aviation Inc., their aircraft charter company, offers corporate charter flights across North America.

The Emslands worked on the initial pilot of the helicopter medevac program in the interior of British Columbia.

Ralph and Linda Emsland, both from Lloydminster, Alta., Moved to Kamloops in 1973 with their two sons, Brett and Blake.

“We are delighted to see this donation to the Royal Inland Hospital Patient Care Tower Project,” said IRH Director of Health Services Meagan Hanson. “The support the tower receives from the Kamloops community, in this case the Emsland family, is heartwarming and we are very grateful for their donation. “