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Little business with big heart backs the hospital build campaign

At the presentation of $5,000 from Cecil ‘Smitty’ Smith were Joessel Caytiles – RPN, Amy McKinley – RPN, Delores Chalmers – RN and team leader for the Endoscopy Department, Cecil ‘Smitty’ Smith (seated), Anh from Skills Processing, Shannon Reid – RPN and Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation.

Cecil ‘Smitty’ Smith, owner of Smitty’s Appliances in Corbyville gave back to Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital in a big way after he underwent a routine scope procedure on Jan. 29, 2019.

The local businessman donated $5,000 to the PECMH Foundation’s Back the Build campaign in recognition of the exceptional and warm care provided to him by the PECMH Endoscopy Team.

Currently, Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital is the low risk endoscopic centre for the region and replacement scopes are needed to keep this service efficient and of high quality. In 2017/18 more than 3,000 endoscopic procedures for colon and gastric tests were performed.

“The people of Prince Edward County and our patients love this hospital and our caregivers. Patients often describe their visit to PECMH in terms of the people who cared for them. Rarely does a day go by that we don’t hear about the outstanding care provided by a member of our hospital team; a doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, technologist, support staff or a helpful volunteer,” said Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundatiton. “Every day this great team provides extraordinary care to our community. Recognizing your caregiver or care team with a gift to the PECMH Foundation lets them know you appreciate and support the important role they play in your life and in the life of our community.”

The proposal for the new hospital focuses on the same services in a better space with the highest standards of infection control, she said.

“With state-of-the-art design and infrastructure, the new hospital will offer the same range of services but with better facilities and better equipment than what we have today. For example, we’ll have an excellent emergency services department equipped with the latest medical technology and staffed 24/7 with our skilled and dedicated health care professionals who will be better equipped to diagnose, stabilize and treat incoming patients.”

The proposed new hospital will have larger inpatient rooms each with a private washroom. Also, inside the walls will be diagnostic imaging and cardio-diagnostic services, as well as a suite of clinics to provide endoscopy and dialysis treatment for patients from as far away as Belleville, Trenton and Bancroft.

“This planned facility will carry on the tradition of care that began around the corner on Hill Street 100 years ago. Best of all, it will still be in the same familiar location as the current Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital,” said Coull. “Smitty’s website reads: Nobody – But Nobody – Beat’s Smitty’s Prices. We think it’s safe to say that nobody beats the great care provided to our patients by the wonderful staff at PECM Hospital.”

“Smitty’s Appliances has been going strong servicing the Prince Edward County area for over 45 years,” said Cecil “Smitty” Smith. “We are proud to be able to give $5,000 to Back the Build and continue our tradition of being the little business with the big heart.”

If you are interested in learning more about how you can help the hospital, call Briar at 613-476-1008 ext. 4425 or visit us online at www.pecmhf.ca

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