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Auxiliary shows 50,000 ways they love Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital

Community members who shop at, or donate to the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary have helped raise $50,000 for priority medical equipment needed at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital.

The generosity of the volunteers with the PECMH Auxiliary in donating $138,179.46 during the 2018/19 fiscal year has purchased several pieces of medical and supportive equipment for the County’s hospital.
Tuesday’s $50,000 donation marks the successful end of PECMH Foundation’s equipment fund drive from last year and means all the equipment on the 2018/19 list has been paid for. A total of $289,724 was needed in 2018/19 by the Hospital’s Foundation for the equipment.

The funds have helped purchase a pediatric monitor used in the PECMH emergency department, a trauma stretcher, two ceiling lifts and eight over bed tables. Tuesday’s $50,000 helps offset the cost of one replacement colonoscope and two gastroscopes for the endoscopy department at PECM Hospital.

Foundation Chair Monica Alyea thanked the PECMH Auxiliary for its continued support.

“Your donations and ongoing support mean County residents and patients continue to have access to state-of-the-art medical equipment in a vibrant community hospital, close to home.”

The Auxiliary was pleased with its efforts said Pat Evans, presiden.

“We were able to contribute $50,000 from the annual Festival of Trees toward the pediatric monitor and other equipment, with the remaining coming from our ongoing fundraising initiatives including sales from the Second Time Around Shop in Picton.

“With the support of the community, our volunteers are pleased to raise funds that contribute to the health and well being of our community.”

The Second Time Around Shop earns the lion’s share of the Auxiliary’s fundraising income.

“The success of the Second Time Around Shop is so reliant on the tireless volunteers who give so many hours,” said Pam Strachan, the shop’s volunteer manager. “Operating the store is a huge undertaking and we’re so grateful for the help we have that ensures the store runs smoothly and is open six days a week. Also, we couldn’t raise the funds to support our hospital if it wasn’t for our community members who continue to donate so generously.”

As the need for priority medical equipment never stops, the PECMH Foundation will embark on a new equipment campaign for the 2019/20 fiscal year.

“Our efforts again this year focus on securing medical and supportive equipment for most of the departments at PECMH at a cost of $436,600,” said Shannon Coull, executive director with the PECMH Foundation. “Again, the Foundation is asking for public support to help us equip our hospital, while at the same time raising funds for the new hospital campaign.”

Some high priority items on the new equipment list include replacing the portable X-ray machine, replacing 32 infusion pumps and purchasing a new defibrillator for the emergency department.

Coull said he Foundation hopes to hear favourable news in June from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care regarding the Stage 2 submission for the redevelopment of the hospital.

County residents and businesses are already beginning to pledge support for this year’s equipment campaign and new hospital efforts in coming events including the 5th annual Teeing Up Fore Health Care golf classic on June 11, the Bid for the Build Art Auction on May 11 and Uncork Canada on June 15th.

“The Foundation is really about the donors. The Foundation plays a critical role in providing funding for essential, specialized equipment. Your dollars go a long way toward improving care for residents in our community,” said Coull. “Every donation, no matter the size, makes a difference in the care you and your family receive. We are blessed living in this generous community which ensures we have a vibrant hospital armed with the best medical equipment possible.”

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