ICCHA means “WISH”.
The ICCHA/Wish Fund was established in 2007 at the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation in Kamloops. The goal of the ICCHA/Wish fund is to raise urgently needed equipment and services for Royal Inland Hospital.
100% of the proceeds go directly to equipment and services at Royal Inland Hospital. Since 2007, the ICCHA / Wish Fund has raised over $1.4 million dollars for projects at Royal Inland Hospital.
“When someone is sick in the hospital, we wish them well but that is not good enough, WE HAVE TO DO MORE! A wish for a healthy community can come true by businesses and individuals giving something back for the benefit of all who rely on Royal Inland Hospital." - Al Patel, Founder
The ICCHA/WISH Fund is proud to announce the opening of the new ICCHA/WISH Coronary Care Unit. This is the first step in reaching our ultimate dream of a Catheterization Lab for the Royal Inland Hospital (RIH).
The 2020 goal is to raise $300,000+ and provide RIH with a dedicated ECHOCARDIOGRAM that will improve upon the current wait times for non-invasive diagnosis at Royal Inland Hopsital in Kamloops, BC.
With approval of Interior Health Authority, more funding will be needed for:
2 C-ARMS for cardiologists to accurately perform life-saving procedures in emergent situations.
Establishing dedicated space at Royal Inland Hospital for a Catheterization Lab with onsite PCI capability by 2025 to diagnose and treat patients here in Kamloops.
These steps are the prerequisites to make the wish for our community come true - one step at a time.
Join us in our campaign to help reach our fundraising goal.
ANYONE CAN JOIN.
For every $1,000 raised or donated, receive one complimentary ticket to the 12th Annual Red Carpet ICCHA / Wish Fund Gala on Friday May 8th, 2020 at Colombo Lodge, Kamloops, BC and be honoured with a custom plaque at our red carpet gala.
Our Heroes of the Heart will also be acknowledged in the ICCHA/Wish "Our Community Giving Back" magazine which will be distributed to 30,000 homes by Kamloops This Week.
All funds raised will go directly to improving cardiac care at ICCHA/WISH Coronary Cardiac Care at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops.
“Have a Heart to Give For a Heart to Live.”
"Have a Heart to Give for a Heart to Live."
Watch the heartfelt stories of these incredible people who have suffered traumatic journeys just to receive basic cardiac care. We need more cardiac services in Kamloops so that when patients experience heart attacks, we can take care of our community.
A BIG thank you to Colin Lyons, Dan Bader and Brad Van Goor for sharing their heartfelt stories about their out-of-town journeys to receive basic cardiac care.
News & Views
ICCHA/Wish Fund has $300K goal for hospital
November 26, 2019
In order to reach the goal, ICCHA is challenging area residents to become “Heroes of the Heart” by raising money for or donating cash to the project.
ICCHA/WISH raising money for new hospital equipment on journey to establish a local Cath lab
November 16, 2019
A new fundraising campaign has begun for the purchase of new equipment for cardiac services at the hospital, and former patients are putting their support behind the initiative.
Coronary care unit opens at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops
September 30, 2019
Until this week, there was no dedicated area for critically ill cardiac patients, who have had to share space with other patients in the intensive-care unit
Four-bed coronary care unit opens at Royal Inland Hospital
October 1, 2019
Patients with serious cardiovascular illness now have access to more specialized care at Royal Inland Hospital.
FOULDS: Al Patel's beat goes on
May 31, 2019
Some wonder how Al Patel can wait so long for his dream of a catheterization lab at Royal Inland Hospital to come to fruition. Then those people hear the founder of the ICCHA/Wish Fund speak and they understand.
Patel, others still wishing, working for Cath Lab in Kamloops
May 21, 2019
While a cardiac-care unit at RIH will provide a dedicated space for specialized care to patients with serious cardiovascular issues, ICCHA/ Wish founder Al Patel said the goal is to see a catheterization lab established at the hospital, to address issues before they become chronic.
Kamloops man shares story of cardiac arrest during 'Heart Month'
February 22, 2019
It's a time to raise awareness for healthy lifestyles and the warning signs of heart disease of heart attack. It's a message that's become very important to Colin Lyons, a local man who went into cardiac arrest a little over a year ago.
Kamloops campaign fights to establish cardiac care unit at RIH
May 27, 2018
Al Patel has a dream of better healthcare for Kamloops citizens, and he has taken it upon himself and the ICCHA/Wish Foundation to achieve it.
Cardiac Care Unit Campaign Beats on in Kamloops
April 6, 2018
Al Patel is a man on a mission, but he has many hurdles to conquer. The Kamloops businessman and philanthropist wants to see an acute cardiac-care unit (CCU) and, later, catheter lab created at Royal Inland Hospital.
Contact the ICCHA/Wish Fund
Get in touch with the ICCHA/Wish Fund to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.