Auxiliary leads the way with $250K donation to Back the Build

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The holiday spirit was in full force Friday as Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary volunteers presented PECMH Foundation representatives with a gift of $250,000 just in time for Christmas.

This donation marks the second cash installment towards the Auxiliary’s $1 million pledge to Back the Build for a new County Hospital. The total cash raised from the Auxiliary for the new hospital is now $350,000.

“The Auxiliary has an established history of fundraising in support of patient care at PECMH,” said Art Hewer, president of the PECMH Auxiliary. “Our volunteers and community members across Prince Edward County understand the importance of coming together and improving health care for our patients.”

“We can’t thank our Auxiliary family enough for their generous $250,000 installment to our Back the Build campaign,” said Shannon Coull executive director, PECMH Foundation. “When it comes to commitment and passion for PECMH, the dedication from the members of the Auxiliary are unmatched. Their pledge to helping us Back the Build is crucial to helping us meet our goal of $16.5 million.”

For the volunteers with the PECMH Auxiliary, the decision to Back the Build in support of the rebuild of Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital wasn’t a difficult one.

“We see our local hospital as one of the high priority assets in our community so we have committed to investing in the bright, healthy future ahead for the new PECMH,” said Hewer. “Thanks to our volunteers for their year-round efforts towards this significant achievement. We look forward to continuing our work to support the building of PECM Hospital’s future home.”

“The PECMHF has a long history with the PECMH Auxiliary. This is a unique partnership. The Auxiliary not only supports and assists Quinte Health Care, Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital, its patients and staff through hands on assistance with healthcare delivery, you are also helping our Foundation to raise significant funds. It is a great pleasure to continue to work with the Auxiliary in this capacity,” said Barbara McConnell, chairperson of the PECMH Foundation.

The new hospital will have the same services in a better space. It will have the highest standards of infection control. Every inpatient room will have a private washroom. The emergency department will include more private facilities. Also, inside the walls will be diagnostic imaging and cardio-diagnostic services, as well as a suite of clinics to provide endoscopy and dialysis treatment for our patients. Our new hospital will be built to handle everything from fish hooks to cardiac events. The estimated cost is about $80 million. The provincial government will pay for 90% of the construction while the community’s share of $16.5 million includes 10% of the building cost plus all of the equipment needed for the new hospital.

“The services Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital provides to our families and our community are invaluable,” said Nancy Parks, Back the Build campaign co-chair. “To build a new hospital and keep care close to home, it’s crucial to have support from this community. Our volunteers working at PECMH have seen firsthand the impact having a hospital in our community has on so many people in the County. We are proud of the Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts that contribute to our hospital’s vibrant future.”

“Our hospital has a reputation for providing excellent care, but the building is old. The time has come to rebuild. We are so grateful to the Auxiliary for helping make our vision for a new PECM Hospital a reality,” said Coull.

The Auxiliary has been tireless in its efforts to raise money and enhance patient care. These efforts included a variety of fundraising activities and events to support their success, which included the operation of the Second Time Around Shop, Coffee Cart, Coffee Shop and several community events.

“What better way to give back to our community than investing in the new hospital,” said Hewer. “Volunteers working in the hospital admire the outstanding care given to patients, while staff cope with never ending maintenance concerns in this dated building. We’re very lucky to have a hospital so close to home, and our members are doing everything they can to keep it that way.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Back the Build Campaign, please call 613-476-1008 ext. 4425. Information can also be found at www.backthebuild.ca.