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.
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.”
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, chair of the Foundation and Tom McCaw, second vice president of the Legion.
Photo: Briar Boyce