Local Dairy Producers Back the Build

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Everyone was in a good mooooood Friday when the Prince Edward County Dairy Farmers put their best foot…errr, hoof forward to help Back the Build and support the campaign to bring a new hospital to Prince Edward County.

A group of farmers representing the local Dairy Producers and their families, along with special guest Talina, the dairy cow, presented the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation with $18,000 and counting to the Back the Build Campaign.

“The Back the Build campaign is truly a community project. This gift was made on behalf of the dairy producers of Prince Edward County to assist with this amazing hospital project, as well as to thank our community for their strong support of Canadian milk and our dairy industry,” said Phil Prinzen on behalf of the Dairy Producers. “As an industry, dairy farmers have a responsibility to our community and this is one way we can all contribute and give back in a big way,” shared Prinzen. “Each of us knows the personal need for access to health care, close to home, and it is great that we can help Back the Build.”

“The Dairy Producers gift to Back the Build is udderly fantastic,” said Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation. “ There are no words to describe how grateful we are to our local dairy farmers for their incredibly generous donation. This gift will go a long way in helping us achieve our goal of building a new, state-of-the-art hospital for every person who lives in or visits our County.”

The first stage of the five-stage planning process for the new hospital set by the Ministry of Health was approved last February. The stage two plan is being finalized, outlining operational needs and space requirements for the new facility.

The proposal focuses on the same services in a better space with the highest standards of infection control. Most inpatient rooms will have a private washroom. The emergency department will include more private and flexible facilities. It will be built to handle everything from fish hooks to cardiac events.

“Gifts from local groups, like the Dairy Producers, speak to the importance of community involvement and the impact that it has on the quality of care for those residing and visiting our County and who use our hospital. We are so thankful for the Dairy Farmers’ support and interest in the future of our hospital,” said Coull.

“PECMH Foundation’s job is to serve the funding needs of our hospital; from the bricks and mortar building itself to the purchase of high priority medical equipment needed for patient care. I grew up on a small dairy farm in Hillier and my teen years revolved around my 4-H calves. I was so excited to hear the Dairy Farmers of the County were climbing on board for the new hospital build project. Farm families need that kind of contemporary health care close by because farming is a profession with potential hazards for every family member. I am so grateful for this show of support and the presence of this beautiful animal to make the point that we all rely on farmers – and in this case, not just for food.” said Monica Alyea, chairperson of the PECMH Foundation.

If you are interested in learning more about the Back the Build Campaign, please call Shannon at 613-476-1008 ext. 4503 or Marthe at 613-476-1008 ext. 4502. Information can also be found at www.backthebuild.ca

On behalf of our hospital, its staff and the patients PECM Hospital serves, we, along with all the farmers here with us today wish you all a ‘Dairy Christmas’!

Photo: Members of the PEC Dairy Producers and their families along with PECMH Foundation staff and board members gathered at Huff Estates Winery on Friday, November 30. The Dairy Producers as a group have donated $18,000 and counting to the Back the Build Campaign.