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Annie Broughton bequest supports Picton dialysis clinic

Larry and Howard Markland present a $60,488.10 bequest from the estate of Annie Broughton (Howard's sister) to the PECMH Dialysis clinic charge nurse Teresa Sager and program manager Maureen Charette.

Picton hospital’s dialysis clinic will become better equipped to serve its patients thanks to the generosity of the late Annie Broughton.
The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation presented a $60,488.10 bequest from the estate of Annie (Sam) Broughton to the Kingston General Hospital Renal Program that delivers clinical services at Picton in the MacStephen Dialysis Clinic.
The bequest will go toward funding the replacement of 11 new patient chairs and the television system for dialysis patients.
“Annie Broughton left the hospital a planned gift of $120,000 (in 2009) specifying 60-plus thousand specifically for dialysis,” said Anna Marie Ferguson, executive director of the PECMH Foundation. “Mrs. Broughton recognized the importance of the dialysis clinic to this community. Her belief in supporting our hospital will carry on through the legacy of her bequest. Her community spirit and generosity will long be remembered.”
Annie Bernice Markland was born in Picton, the second eldest of seven children, but her younger brother Howard fondly remembers her as “the boss of the household. At home there were three bedrooms. One big one and she had to have that one, the only one with heat in it,” he laughed. Howard, with son Larry, were on hand Friday to officially present the funds.
The MacStephen Dialysis Clinic officially opened in September 2002. Patients receive treatment three times a week, for three to five hours. Missing a treatment is not an option.

Donna Wetzel, daughter Monica; Robert Quaiff and wife Susan with the donor wall plaques in memory of Guenther Wetzel and Barb Quaiff.

Donna Wetzel and her late husband Guenther were instigators of the clinic being opened at Picton, having started a letter-writing campaign. She, and daughter Monica, were at the presentation Friday, to see a plaque in memory of Guenther, to be placed on the donor wall.
“My husband was determined there be a clinic here in Picton. It’s a tough life to travel to Belleville and Kingston for treatments so we campaigned every where we could. Before we knew it, money was designated for Picton and in 2002 the doors opened and it was wonderful.”
Donor wall recognition plaques were also updated by Robert Quaiff in memory of his mother Barb and by Patsy Dunlop, in memory of her husband Norm.
Richard Jewitt, Kingston General Hospital program operational director, noted that while KGH responsibility for the renal program covers many hundreds of thousands of kilometres, “care is delivered in a very small footprint. Partnership and commitment between the patient and the care team and the local community make it all happen.”
Marianne Malachowski, PECMH Auxiliary director of dialysis services said it was a privilege to work with 50 volunteers on site each month.
“It’s such a wonderful community. Every day we see something really wonderful and giving. The auxiliary’s men and women are a very important part of the hospital and it is a very comfortable place to do volunteering.”

Picton dialysis clinic health care team of Teresa Sager, Sam Foley, Ruth Barbara, Janice Lauzon and Joan May. A bequest from the estate of Annie Broughton will go toward the replacement of 11 patient chairs and the television system for dialysis patients.

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