Mary Lou Owen donates $148,000 towards critical Operating Equipment at Sechelt Hospital

Mary Lou Owen donates $148,000 towards critical Operating Equipment at Sechelt Hospital

After hours in Sechelt Hospital’s Surgical Services department, Clinical Coordinator Brenda Rowe provided a tour of our local operating rooms for a very special donor and members of Sechelt Hospital Foundation. Demonstrating the recently purchased Anesthetic Machine, monitors and an Omnicell automated anesthesia cart, Brenda explained how this new equipment securely stores all medications and supplies for Sechelt Hospital’s Surgical Services team. This state-of-the-art upgrade was made possible through the generosity of Sechelt resident, Mary Lou Owen.

Pictured above left to right: Bill Climie, Brenda Rowe, Mary Lou Owen, Dr. Pierre du Plessis and Jane Macdonald. Photo by Emily Kammerle, SHF.

Mary Lou, a retired school teacher, has been a resident of Sechelt since 2002. As a former member of the Delta Hospital Auxiliary, she understands the importance of health care in her community. This remarkable $148,000 gift to Sechelt Hospital Foundation and the community demonstrates her commitment to making the best medicine local!

“This equipment purchase means Sechelt Hospital can optimize the use of two Operating Rooms,” said Marie Duperreault, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Director for the Sunshine Coast.  “We are so grateful to Mary Lou Owen and the Sechelt Hospital Foundation for this generous donation.”

Michelle Stanton, Sechelt Hospital’s Manager of Acute Services, noted the new Anesthetic Machine and monitors will allow medical staff to serve more patients, closer to home.

“This new equipment will have a significant impact on the quality of care our patients receive at the hospital and allow us to treat patients with greater efficiency,” Michelle said.

Jane Macdonald, Sechelt Hospital Foundation Executive Director mentioned “When a donor, such as Mary Lou, can see her contributions making a difference, everyone wins. Supporting staff with equipment to serve patients enables more care, closer to home. Such philanthropy is the ultimate expression of grateful patients and  community members whose gratitude goes full-circle.”

Sechelt Hospital Foundation believes that the best medicine is local. If you would like to learn more about the Sechelt Hospital Foundation’s future projects, please visit or e-mail