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Wellington Pharmacy fills prescription for hospital’s healthy future

At the announcment of Wellington Pharmacy’s $10,000 pledge, from left, are: Monica Alyea, chairperson of the PECMH Foundation, Shannon Coull, executive director of the Foundation, Cline Pierson, director on the PECMH Foundation Board, Marthe Robertson, campaign manager, Gail Wilson and Christa Smith, owners of the Pharmacy in Wellington.

The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Back the Build Campaign got a healthful boost from a friendly village pharmacy on Wednesday.

Christa Smith and Gail Wilson, owners of Wellington’s PharmaChoice Pharmacy stepped forward with a five-year, $10,000, pledge to the Back the Build fundraising campaign for the County’s new hospital.

The two said supporting the Back the Build Campaign was an easy decision.

“The services Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital provides to our families and our community are invaluable,” said Smith. “Our hospital critically needs support from this community to help build a new facility and keep care close to home. We have seen firsthand the impact having a hospital in our community has on so many people in the County. We were happy to be able to contribute to our hospital’s vibrant future in this way.”

The proposal for the new hospital focuses on the same services in a better space with the highest standards of infection control. For example, the new hospital will have an emergency services department equipped with the latest medical technology and staffed 24/7 with health care professionals better equipped to diagnose, stabilize and treat incoming patients.

The new hospital will have larger inpatient rooms each with a private washroom. There will also 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.

“We are proud of the partnership we have developed with the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation over the years and couldn’t be happier to support this important initiative that will bring a new hospital to our County and have a positive impact on our community,” said Wilson. “If businesses have the ability to support causes in our community, this should be a high priority on the list. You or somebody you know will need that hospital at some point. Wellington Pharmacy wants to do its part to ensure it’s here for the community for many years to come.”

PECMH Foundation Executive Director Shannon Coull was thrilled the pharmacy has joined the many groups and businesses coming forward with pledges and gifts and is welcoming others to come forward over the next few months as the campaign continues.

“Wellington Pharmacy’s extraordinary contribution to Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital’s healthy future is a demonstration of their dedication to our community and their commitment to giving back,” said Coull. “I thank Christa, Gail, their staff and families for coming forward with this pledge to our campaign and I am confident their leadership will inspire others to do the same,” said Coull.

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