Ken Jaggard, who played a key role in the growth of Penticton Regional Hospital dating back to the 1980s, has passed away at age 92 (Photo: South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation).

Okanagan health care community mourns loss of long-time hospital director

Ken Jarrard dedicated his life in Penticton to health care; he passed away today at age 92.

Penticton Regional Hospital (PRH) always tugged at Ken Jaggard’s heart strings.

For 35 years he was an active figure in the PRH board room – first as a director on the former Penticton hospital board, then as a long-time chair and director with the South Okanagan Similkameen (SOS) Medical Foundation before retiring last year.

His love of the hospital was perhaps best reflected by his comments to one Foundation staff member. Jaggard admitted he would often park across the street during construction of the new PRH tower to watch the development take place, witnessing the new face of health care in Penticton rise before his eyes.

Jaggard passed away at PRH on Jan. 16 at age 92, just a few days after suffering a fall in his Penticton home.

READ MORE: Going to the new Penticton hospital tower? Here are the access points

He was known as a driving force behind the SOS Medical Foundation’s $20-million campaign to provide the medical equipment required for the PRH expansion.

“To me, the public is really interested in good health care,” Jaggard said. “Health care is one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs I’ve ever had. It’s great to see a campaign come together and be successful.”

Carey Bornn, the Medical Foundation’s Executive Director, said Jaggard had reason to be proud of his accomplishments and will be sorely missed by everyone involved in the hospital.

“Ken had an amazing impact at the board level. His breadth of knowledge and the history of the hospital was matched by his strong desire to see its facilities improve,” said Bornn. “For those of us who knew and respected him, he lived a life which was truly worth emulating.”

Jaggard and his wife Alice moved to Penticton in 1981, shortly after his retirement as a top official with the Calgary City Police. He joined the Penticton Hospital board in 1984 and became chairman two years later. Alice, who volunteered with the Penticton Hospital Auxiliary for 25 years, passed away in 2007.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

READ MORE: ‘Scariest boat ride of my life’: Passengers trapped by ice on rocky B.C. ferry sailing

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Meet the ultimate Penticton Vees fan

Jon Race owns an epic collection of Vees jerseys and hasn’t missed a home game in 15 years.

Mink farm once operated in Summerland

From 1967 to 1973, the Nielsen family raised mink

Prepare for possibilities of spring flooding in Okanagan, RDOS warns

High snowpack and rain may cause flooding in areas of the South Okanagan - Similkameen

POLL: Are we alone in space?

Strange lights over Okanagan Lake. Radio signals from deep space. Signs that… Continue reading

Hundreds expected for Spirit North Indigenous cross country ski fest

The Spirit North Indingeous cross country ski program wraps up March 9

VIDEO: Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say Coastal GasLink does not have authority to go through their lands

What’s in a name? The story of Revelstoke’s Mt. Begbie

It’s likely the iconic peak had several Indigenous peoples’ names before settlers arrived

Murder of sex worker exposes Canada’s hypocrisy on prostitution: advocate

A 2014 law made purchasing sex or benefiting from the selling of sex illegal

Wet’suwet’en return to northern B.C. forest road pipeline workers move through: First Nation

Opponents of a pipeline who support the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have reoccupied camps at centre of arrests

VIDEO: Okanagan couple claim to see UFO near Naramata

Flashing, flying object over Okanagan Lake spotted in Naramata and caught on video.

Over a dozen birds found mysteriously dead on rural B.C road

Ministry of Agriculture notified of the strange occurrence on No. 4 Road in Abbotsford

B.C. men arrested after theft of heavy equipment leads to highway blockade

One man surrendered to police while the other was taken into custody the next morning, RCMP say

Vernon RCMP investigating ‘serious’ early-morning assault

Vernon RCMP were advised of the alleged assault around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15

Most Read