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Donation helps pay for cardiac equipment at County’s hospital


The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation received $6,000 from the Royal Canadian Legion, Ontario Command, Ladies Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation. This donation will offset the recent purchase of telemetry equipment, used for cardiac monitoring, at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital. Having up-to-date cardiac monitoring equipment allows the physicians and medical staff at the hospital to manage patients who would otherwise be transferred to another hospital. With this upgrade, physicians and staff can now safely monitor a patient’s cardiac condition close to home, with the patient surrounded by familiar caregivers, friends and family.

“We are especially grateful to the Royal Canadian Legion for helping us acquire state-of-the-art equipment that the government does not fund for our hospital,” said Leo Finnegan, chair of the Foundation. “Our job is to support the medical staff at the hospital by raising donations to pay for the medical equipment and facilities needed to provide a range of health care services to our patients.”

PECMhospitalfoundationEach year, the County’s hospital staff treat more than 18,000 people with approximately 1,000 admitted for further care.

“Our goal is to build partnerships with those in the community who will work with us to meet the needs of our fundraising endeavours,” said Finnegan. “Supporting our hospital in this central role cannot be managed alone. It can only succeed through the strength of coming together as partners, like the Legion has demonstrated today.”

Pictured in the trauma room in the PECMH Emergency Department, from left, are: Pat Burrows, president of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 78; Rose Cole, president of the Branch 78 Ladies Auxiliary; Fran Donaldson, vice-chair of the PECMH Foundation and Paul Gallagher, treasurer of the PECMH Foundation.

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