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Community the constant in health care pattern

The residents of Prince Edward County have just been given one more important health care service compliments of the Family Health Team.

The Prince Edward Ambulatory Cardiac Health Rehab Centre that opened on Dec 11th at the Picton Clinic was widely covered by the local media. Once again this centre became a  reality because of the co operation of many local individuals and organizations.

The Prince Edward Cattleman’s Association raised an amazing $70,000 towards this very worthwhile project with the PECMH Auxiliary once again stepping up to the plate  and donating $20,000 toward  a special floor. Irene Collyer also made a major donation in memory of her husband. Last, but not least, are the individual  residents and organizations who very generously donated to the Cattleman’s fundraising drive. Patients who used  to travel to Kingston several times a week for cardiac rehab will now be able to access this service at the Picton Clinic. Another advantage  is that these patients will be working with healthcare staff that for the most part they are familiar with.This staff includes Dr. Phil Wattam, Dr. Steve Blanchard, Wanda Parks, nurses Mary Stever and Geri Claxton and physiotherapist  Carol Anne Gray.

The  PEFHT could not have chosen a more dedicated team. Many of these individuals have been involved with healthcare in Prince Edward County for numerous years. The coming together of the community to make the cardiac rehab center a reality is reminiscent of other healthcare services that the community helped to make a reality.

Donna Wetzel started writing letters to government and healthcare officials over 10 years ago because her late husband and she would have to travel  to Kingston three times a week so that he could receive dialysis. As a result of that one first step that Donna took we now have  a dialysis clinic  located at PECM Hospital. This clinic was furnished by the PECMH Foundation with donations from the community.

A few months ago we were able to add yet another service to our local hospital-digital mammography. Once again the funds ($750,000) were donated to the Foundation by the community.

You can see that there is a pattern here.

The residents of Pr. Ed. County are clearly passionate about their local hospital and are prepared to support much needed healthcare services that are close to home as possible. Congratulations to the Family Health Team for bringing a very important and much needed medical service to the County.

Fran Renoy

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About the Author: Fran Renoy has lived in the County for forty years so considers herself almost a native. Both she and her husband Bill consider themselves very fortunate to live in beautiful Prince Edward County. She worked at PECM hospital for thirty years as a x-ray technologist,retiring in 1998.She has a very strong passion for her local hospital and encourages others to speak up and not be afraid to do so if they feel that services are being eroded.

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