Strong community support helps PECMHF exceed goal for equipment

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Strong community support helps PECMHF exceed goal for equipment

PICTON, April 6, 2018 – The bigheartedness of the Prince Edward County community has brought several pieces of medical equipment to Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital and marks the successful end of the Picture of Health Campaign.

The PECMH Foundation Board of Directors announced this feat at their February meeting to wrap up the campaign. The Board had set a goal of $319,000 last April for both the Picture of Health and Re-Imagine Campaigns and announced not only was the goal achieved, it was exceeded by $22,000.

These donations purchased a replacement colonoscope and two gastroscopes and bought a Picture Archiving System to the Endoscopy Department and updated the telemetry (heart monitoring) equipment for the Emergency Department. The regional MRI machine at Belleville General Hospital was upgraded at a cost of $1 million. Our County community contributed $170,000 toward that essential piece of diagnostic imaging equipment.

The $22,000 overage will be directed to the 2018/19 equipment campaign.

Foundation Chairperson Monica Alyea thanked the community for supporting Prince Edward County Memorial as a vibrant community hospital. “Your donations mean County residents and patients continue to have access to state-of-the-art medical equipment.”

The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary championed the campaign giving $100,000 total – $50,000 toward the MRI Campaign and $50,000, raised at the Festival of Trees, toward the Endo Works Picture Archive System, which had a price tag attached to it of $101,000.

“The PECMH Auxiliary is happy to partner with the PECMH Foundation to help successfully complete the Picture of Health Campaign. We were able to contribute $100,000 towards the MRI refurbishment and $50,000 from the annual Festival of Trees towards the Endo Works Archive system. With the support of the community our volunteers are pleased to raise funds that contribute to the health and wellbeing of our community,” said Pat Evans, president of the PECMH Auxiliary.

Supporting events included RE/MAX’s third annual Teeing Up Fore Health Care golf classic, the Uncork Canada wine tasting in partnership with the Rotary Club of Picton and the 10th annual Bake Off Challenge at the Picton Fair.

“I am thrilled with the commitment the County has shown,” said Penny Rolinski, executive director of the PECMH Foundation. “The government does not pay for medical equipment so this support is vital.”

Heartfelt thanks are given to over 1000 individual donors, our monthly donors, service clubs and businesses that have supported this campaign.

While this campaign has come to a successful close, the Foundation is ready to embark on our next campaign to enhance care for the nearly 40,000 patient visits PECMH sees annually.

Our efforts again this year focus on securing medical and supportive equipment for most of the departments at PECMH at a cost of $289,724. Again, the Foundation is asking for public support to help us equip our hospital.

Every year, we need to ensure that the Regional Endoscopy Centre at Prince Edward County memorial has the scopes it needs. Also this year, we need a new stretcher for ultrasound procedures, a ventilator for the emergency department, a vital signs monitor for use when patients are transported to other hospitals, a monitor for pediatric and neonatal patients, and infusion pumps. Other devices slated for replacement include wheelchairs, stretchers for the endoscopy and emergency departments, and lifts used to move patients safely in and out of bed.

Straight out of the gate, we are excited to announce the PECMH Auxiliary has stepped forward and committed to picking up $34,981 worth of the supportive (non-medical) equipment from this year’s list, which includes items like stretchers and lifts.

Again too, County residents are beginning to pledge support for this year’s campaign. Activities supporting these equipment purchases will include the 4th annual Teeing Up Fore Health Care golf classic on June 12. Proceeds from Uncork Canada on June 23rd will be directed to the new hospital.

“The response from the community for the Picture of Health Campaign has been overwhelming and we expect this drive to be even more remarkable.” said Alyea. “The Foundation is really about you, the donors. Our job is to raise the needed funds so when we have need the hospital, the care providers are best equipped to meet those needs. The Foundation plays a critical role in providing funding for essential, specialized equipment. Your dollars go a long way towards improving care for residents in our community who need treatment, close to home. Thank you to our Auxiliary and to our ongoing donors. New donors are always welcome and there are numerous ways to be involved. Every donation, no matter the size, makes a difference in the care you and your family receive.”

We are blessed living in this generous community which ensures we have a vibrant hospital armed with the best medical equipment possible.