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All roads lead to a healthy hospital

It was clear sailing with no bumps along the road for the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation Thursday as the organization was the grateful recipient of a $5,000 gift from the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors (AORS) District 8.

The funds were raised at the Ontario Road Supervisors Tradeshow, held in Belleville this past June.

As a first-time host, the AORS local chapter, District 8, raised $35,000 that will be split equally between hospitals in Trenton, Belleville, Picton, Napanee, Kingston, Brockville and Smiths Falls. AORS, together with a participating local association, hosts the Annual Municipal Public Works Trade Show each year. It is the largest of its kind in Ontario with between 200 and 300 exhibitors of public works products and services, and upwards of 2,000 participants.

The foundation will be using this donation to help offset the purchase of two portable ventilators in use in the Emergency Department at PECM Hospital.

These ventilators provide life support for transporting critically ill patients from one hospital to another. The ventilator breathes for these patients who are unable to breathe for themselves. This machine is also able to provide oxygen under pressure with a mask similar to a machine used for treating sleep apnea. Acquiring this new equipment cost $31,902 for two ventilators.

Earlier this year the Teeing Up Fore Health Care golf classic hosted by RE/MAX Quinte raised $27,500 for this vital piece of equipment. With this added boost from the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors – District 8, the ventilators are now completely paid for.

“The Foundation raises money in our community for the purchase of priority medical equipment needed for patient care at PECMH. Each year, our County hospital staff manage more than 20,000 visits to our Emergency Department alone,” said Shannon Coull, executive director of the foundation. “The Foundation’s goal is to build partnerships in the region with businesses and others who will work with us to meet the needs of our fundraising endeavours to bring state-of-the-art equipment to our hospital.”

“The Foundation is really about the donors. Our job is to raise the needed funds so when we have need, the hospital and the care providers are best equipped to meet those needs. The Foundation plays a critical role in providing funding for essential, specialized equipment. Your dollars go a long way towards improving care for residents in our community who need treatment, close to home. New donors, like the AORS are always welcome and there are numerous ways to be involved. Every donation, no matter the size, makes a difference in the care you and your family receive.”

Pictured from left, Fran Donaldson, director on the PECMH Foundation Board, Cheryl Minaker, RN and team leader in the PECMH Emergency Department, Barbara McConnell, vice chair of the Foundation, Leon Quaiff, retired roads supervisor with PE County, Mike Fraser, equipment supervisor for the County of Prince Edward, Sharon Green with the City of Belleville Road Patrol, Ron Vankoughnet, public works supervisor for Greater Napanee, Joe Reid, President of AORS and with the roads department with the City of Belleville, Pat Heffernan, Operations Supervisor for the County of Prince Edward, Shannon Coull, executive director for the PECMH Foundation, Preston Parkinson, Director of Operations for the County of Prince Edward and John Farrell, roads supervisor for Tyendinaga Township.

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