Nursing staff can now touch…then go!

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The nurses at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital now have more time to spend with their patients thanks to those who supported the Hospital Foundation in memory of Bill Renoy back in May of 2016. The Omnicell (drug dispensing cabinet) in the Emergency Department has been upgraded with a Touch and Go Console, which allows nursing staff access to the cabinet by placing their finger on a biometric reader. Before, nurses would have to enter a username and password into the system, which took about 20 seconds to input and could be easily forgotten or compromised.

With the new Touch and Go, nursing staff can access the Omnicell in the time it takes them to place their finger on the reader. The reader scans their fingerprint, which is stored in the system, and then grants access to the secure cabinet.

“These consoles have improved ease of access and security for dispensing medications and they have saved significant time throughout the day that nursing staff can spend with their patients,” said Karen H. Smith, BScP, HSM, director of Pharmacy at Quinte Health Care.

Two consoles were required for our County Hospital, one for the Emergency Department and one for the Inpatient Unit. Gifts received in memory of Bill Renoy, which totaled over $3,700 covered the cost of the Touch and Go for the Emergency Department. The Touch and Go Console for the Inpatient Unit was purchased by Irena Barker.

“Bill and I were and are very passionate about our local hospital and realize how important it is to have state-of-the-art equipment for our staff,” said Fran Renoy.

These vital pieces of medical equipment are part of the Foundation’s LIFE SAVER II Campaign, which aims to replace equipment to the tune of $201,000 for the Endoscopy and Pharmacy Departments of the hospital. The Foundation is planning to announce the completion of this campaign in the coming weeks.

Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors extends a heartfelt thank you to Fran for designating the Foundation as a recipient of gifts in memory of Bill and to all families who choose to support health care in Prince Edward County through the work of the County Hospital Foundation.

Today, more people are donating money in memory of a deceased friend or loved one in lieu of sending flowers. A memoriam donation to the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation will go a long way towards helping our doctors, nurses and technologists deliver the very best care to our patients, close to home. You can also make the PECMH Foundation the designated recipient of memorial gifts when making funeral arrangements.

Your support means so much to so many. One of the best ways to remember a loved one is through a financial contribution to the Hospital Foundation. Your gift in their memory goes a long way to help people in our own community and is a meaningful way for friends and relatives to show sympathy for the loss of a loved one.

The Foundation is thankful to all the wonderful people who support this very important program. Keeping health care strong in Prince Edward County can’t happen without our donors.

For more information on the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation is available by visiting us at or calling 613-476-1008 ext. 4425.

Pictured in front of the Omnicell cabinet in the Emergency Department at PECMH is Fran Renoy (centre). Joining Fran are registered nurses in the E.R., Meribeth Edwards (left) and Nancey Lough.
Photo: Briar Boyce