Lest We Forget – Poppies help our patients

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This Remembrance Day, wear your poppy with pride knowing you are making a difference in the lives of patients using our County Hospital in Prince Edward County.

Each November, as we respectfully wear our poppies in tribute to those who have fought and died for our country, many of us may not fully realize the direct impact these four-petaled flowers have on our community. While the primary purpose of the Poppy Fund is to provide assistance to former servicemen and women in need, a large portion of the funds raised in Prince Edward County help support charitable organizations in our community that provide service and care to veterans.

Thanks to healthy partnerships with the various levels of Legion governance, the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation has on several occasions been the beneficiary of such funding. In the last decade, the Foundation has been the recipient of over $80,375 in donations from our four local Legion branches, as well as the Ladies Auxiliaries and Provincial Command Charitable Foundation.

The donated funds, which come largely through proceeds from poppy sales, help enhance patient care by funding the purchase of priority medical equipment at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital. Poppy sales begin on October 27 and continue until November 11.

“Our mission is to advance health care to our patients, but it is only through the support of our community that we can help ensure veterans receive the support they need and are treated with the respect they deserve,” said Monica Alyea, chairperson of the PECMH Foundation. “Over the years, our four local Legion branches, Picton, Wellington, Consecon and Deseronto have contributed to excellent care at PECMH. We are pleased to know their contributions and those of Provincial Command are not only helping ensure the best care for veterans, but for everyone in Prince Edward County.

On November 11 Foundation representatives will attend the Remembrance Day ceremonies in Picton, Wellington and Consecon to proudly lay wreaths on behalf of the PECMH Foundation and our County Hospital.

Pick up your poppy ahead of Remembrance Day and please give what you can.

The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to raise money to advance health care for the people of Prince Edward County.

The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation received $3,000 from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 78 on April 27, 2017. The funds were collected through the 2016 Poppy Fund campaign, which raised approximately $18,000 from 50 poppy boxes in our community. The donation will be directed toward the Foundation’s current $250,000 PICTURE OF HEALTH campaign for medical equipment for a Heartstart defibrillator for the inpatient unit at PECMH at a cost of $14,265. This donation will help offset that purchase. Pictured here at the front of PECMH is Diane Kennedy, first vice president of the Legion, Penny Rolinski, executive director of the PECMH Foundation, Monica Alyea, chairperson of the Foundation and Tom McCaw, second vice president of the Legion.

A defibrillator delivers a dose of electric current to restart a heart. Defibrillation is often an important step in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This life saving equipment for our County hospital can only be purchased through community donations as the government DOES NOT purchase medical equipment. With this contribution, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 78’s cumulative giving total to our hospital since 1999 is $14,450, with the majority of this amount being raised through the poppy fund.

“We are especially grateful to the Poppy Fund Committee for helping us replace a defibrillator for our hospital’s inpatient unit,” said Monica Alyea, chair of the Foundation. “It’s vital for our community to continue to ensure our County hospital is equipped with the latest technology to keep it relevant. The government does not pay for medical equipment. It has always been the responsibility of the community to fund medical equipment needs. We hope the community will see this as another sign that we are all committed to building a vibrant future for Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital and give generously.”