Awareness and excitement continue to build for the redevelopment of Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital.
On Monday, a small group of volunteers and staff members representing the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation received an incredible $2.3-million-dollar gift installment from Mayor Steve Ferguson on behalf of the Municipality of Prince Edward County. This gift is part of the municipality’s $4.5-million-dollar pledge to help Back the Build for a new hospital in Prince Edward County.
In 2018, the Municipality of Prince Edward County took steps to approve the PECMH Foundation’s ask of $4.5 million to the redevelopment campaign for Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital. This commitment marks the largest gift ever to be received by the PECMH Foundation. The support of the municipality is a major milestone for the Foundation as it continues to raise funds for the largest campaign in its 35-year history.
Monday’s pledge installment from the municipality is included in the $14.7 million the foundation has raised toward its $16.5-million-dollar goal. The hospital foundation is in the midst of a fundraising campaign that was publicly launched last month.
“We are so proud of the partnership we have with the Municipality of PEC. The commitment from Prince Edward County Council is an important investment in local health care and is certainly transformative for our campaign,” said Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation. “Our families, friends, and visitors to the County rely on having access to care at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital. The new hospital will ensure this access continues, which is incredibly important to the future of our community.”
“The County of Prince Edward for many years has demonstrated unwavering support for a new hospital in our community,” said Mayor Steve Ferguson. “A new hospital will benefit all residents by ensuring the highly qualified doctors and other medical professionals can continue to deliver quality health care in a modern, leading-edge facility. Today, we are thrilled to deliver this installment of the municipality’s $4.5 million commitment toward the Back the Build campaign.”
“We are extremely grateful for Mayor Ferguson and Council’s support as we work to modernize and enhance health care services to ensure people living in and visiting our community continue to have access to care close to home,” said Nancy Parks, Back the Build campaign co-chair.
Having a facility, such as a new hospital is a tremendous community asset that will benefit everyone.
“The support exemplified by the Municipality of Prince Edward County is monumental to the foundation and to PECM Hospital,” said Dennis Darby, Back the Build campaign co-chair. “Their commitment to our hospital and community is demonstrated once again through their decision to make this very generous gift to support the redevelopment project.”
With leading edge design and infrastructure, Quinte Health Care’s new hospital in Prince Edward County will offer the same services as today but in a space that meets today’s standards of care. The hospital will be equipped with the latest technology and staffed with our skilled and dedicated health care professionals. Inside its walls will be a suite of clinics to provide, among other medical services, endoscopy and dialysis treatment. The new hospital will have 18 inpatient rooms that will be larger, each equipped with its own private washroom.
Those interested in donating can do so by visiting www.backthebuild.ca. Cheques can also be mailed to PECMH Foundation, 403 Main Street, Picton, ON K0K 2T0, and those with further inquiries, may direct them to 613-476-1008 ext. 4502.
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.
Pictured at Shire Hall back row from left: Councillor Mike Harper; Councillor Phil St. Jean; Councillor John Hirsch and Councillor Stewart Bailey
Front row from left: Councillor Bill Roberts; Mayor Steve Ferguson; Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation; Barbara McConnell, chairperson of the PECMH Foundation; Leo Finnegan, PECMHF board member; Nancy Parks, Back the Build campaign co-chair and Monica Alyea, PECMHF board member