It’s Our Hospital – appearing in the May 4, 2017 edition of the County Weekly News
By Lillian Duffy
PECMH Foundation Director
Four years ago I joined the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. My background experience includes over 30 years of fund-raising with non-profit organizations, such as Metropolitan Hospital Foundation in Windsor, the United Way of Quinte, and Hastings Manor Foundation in Belleville. I felt that joining the PECMH Foundation’s Board would be a good fit for me – and it is.
Our Board of Directors currently consists of 15 members – all volunteers – and two outstanding staff members. It’s an interesting group of people from all across the County with a range of ages, interests and qualifications : two lawyers (one retired, the other still practicing), two with experience in municipal government, two former nurses, a number of people with administrative experience, a doctor, two real estate agents, several businessmen and two former teachers among them. (Don’t try to do the math: several people contribute in more than one way!)
This diverse yet congenial group can have stimulating discussions. What unites us is our commitment to our hospital. Together we determine ways and means to reach agreed upon financial objectives, based on the equipment requirements of our hospital. The government does not pay for medical equipment; that is the responsibility of the community. Medical staff determines what is needed, and then it’s up to the Hospital Foundation team to raise the money. Fortunately we have generous partners, like the PECMH Auxiliary, to help us reach our goal every year.
Our hospital – yours and mine – is the place we head to when the need arises. We know that we will be treated with respect and kindness by the excellent medical staff, assisted by Auxiliary volunteers, whether we are in the Emergency Department, or occupying a bed as an in-patient, having an x-ray or ultra-sound exam, or attending one of the Day Hospital clinics.
I am especially grateful for the wonderful care my husband received following a recent accident. What a jewel our hospital is, where people are always friendly and helpful – like the one who helped my husband into the shower in his wheelchair, then put on her rubber boots to join him and wash his hair, or the nurse who brought him soup and crackers when he had missed lunch. The excellent care he received enabled him to come home sooner than anticipated.
What would we do without this necessary resource that contributes so much to the great lifestyle of our island community? My parents instilled in me a sense of duty toward the community – that it was not enough to live in a community; it was also a duty to give back. That may be why I loved my career in fund-raising, why I have no problem asking people for money for a worthwhile cause like our hospital.
We used to say that “every dollar counts”. It’s still true. It’s amazing how quickly modest amounts add up. Perhaps, like me, you would prefer to make automatic monthly withdrawals. This is easy to arrange through our office. Major gift are always welcome, as well as legacy donations. And, of course, all donations, large or small, are eligible for tax receipts. I most sincerely urge you to consider supporting our hospital. You will feel a sense of pride knowing that you are helping to provide care for your family, friends and neighbours. So go ahead – make yourself feel good!
For more information please contact Penny or Briar in the Foundation Office at (613) 476-1008 ext.4425 or 4503, or visit www.pecmhf.ca.