At a time when our hospitals need them the most, a well known local family has stepped up to help in any way they can.
Today, amid the current pandemic, the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation celebrated a significant donation from The Huff Family Fund, a fund managed by The County Foundation.
Lanny and Catharine Huff decided to make this donation, through their Family Fund, to be used for critical equipment and supplies needed in the fight against COVID-19 across each of the four hospitals in the Quinte Health Care (QHC) system.
This gift will be used to support response efforts on the frontlines at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital, Belleville General Hospital, Trenton Memorial Hospital and North Hastings Hospital.
The Huff family has been strong supporters of the QHC hospital foundations for many years. This time is no exception.
“Through our gift to the PECMH Foundation, we want to support a local network of care providers fighting on behalf of all of us as the world works to discover a long-term solution,” said Lanny Huff. “We hope this gift will help the patients and caregivers who are experiencing this awful virus and give our hospitals some of the tools they need to provide exceptional care, close to home.”
The County Foundation oversees the management of The Huff Family Fund. Established in 2017, the fund encourages and supports the incredible work that community groups pursue to make Prince Edward County so special. The Huff Family Fund has provided significant philanthropic support to organizations and institutions, through more than 25 grants in 2019 and 2020, that fund projects and programs based in Prince Edward County, serving Prince Edward County people.
“We are incredibly proud to partner with the Huff family and PECMH Foundation to fight this pandemic,” said Brian Beiles, president of The County Foundation. “The Huff family have shown tremendous philanthropic leadership in healthcare for many years, and this donation will be a significant contribution to the efforts supporting Quinte Health Care at this time. The Community Foundation has a goal to raise $250,000 to help support the communities vulnerable in the areas of food and health during COVID-19. This donation is complimentary to our fundraising efforts and speaks to the impact our fundraising has on our community.”
Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation is working alongside Quinte Health Care to ensure that support from the community to the COVID-19 Relief Fund will have a meaningful impact where and when it is needed most. Donors fund 100 per cent of the equipment in QHC hospitals. Supporters, like the Huff family, are incredibly important to the health care system across the Quinte region.
“The Huff Family’s remarkable commitment to helping our community will result in frontline staff, across the entire Quinte region, having access to critical equipment that will help to keep them safe,” said Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation. “We continue to be deeply grateful for Lanny and Catharine’s ongoing generosity and legacy. I am also grateful for their confidence in our Foundation to work with QHC to disperse their donated funds to support each hospital within the Quinte region. What a humbling reminder that we have many heroes to thank for advancing healthcare in our QHC hospitals, both in the community and on the frontline.”
The contribution from PEC Community Foundation’s Huff Family Fund will support purchases of personal protective equipment, reconfiguration of space to accommodate COVID patients and equipment that can be sterilized and used again as well as other COVID related expenses that have and will be incurred by QHC in the coming weeks and months.
“Each of our QHC hospitals have been impacted by COVID-19. We need to unify to keep our hospitals strong and well equipped in the face of adversity,” said Coull. “PECMHF will continue to find visionary ways to support healthcare delivery across our region so we can get through this time of uncertainty together.”
The Huff family have allowed us to publicize the news of their generosity in the hope it will inspire others to follow their lead.
“Now more than ever, our hospitals are counting on philanthropy to help our residents stay safe and healthy,” said Catharine Huff. “It is not an option to do nothing when there is so much need. Our family has benefitted in many ways over the years from the hospitals’ incredible medical services. It is our pleasure to help the QHC hospitals deal with the COVID-19 crisis during these difficult times.”
Quinte Health Care representatives were extremely grateful to receive this leadership donation.
“It is with great respect and appreciation that I say thank you for this remarkably generous gift,” said Brad Harrington, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Quinte Health Care. “This significant donation will have an immediate impact on our ability to provide our frontline team of staff and physicians with the resources they need to continue to provide exceptional care to the patients we serve.”
“We have a special place in our hearts for Catharine and Lanny. Not only as we partner with them and the County Foundation to help put this pandemic behind us, but for their ongoing support that has helped us to purchase medical equipment for our current hospital as well as help us to build a new hospital for Prince Edward County.” said Coull.
For more information about the Huff Family Fund please visit https://thecountyfoundation.ca/2019-huff-family-fund/
The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to raise money to advance health care for the patients of the hospital and the people of Prince Edward County. For information, or to make a donation to COVID-19 Relief please call 613-476-1008 ext. 4502 or visit the Foundation’s website at www.pecmhf.ca
Photo: Lanny and Catharine Huff with their daughter Janine pose together after being awarded as Outstanding Philanthropists at the Association for Fundraising Professionals 2017 philanthropy award gala in Kingston.
Photo courtesy of Loyalist College