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“Friends” Final AGM – part 2

As stated in my last article, I will now report on the other two speakers at the final “Friends” meeting on April 21.

Executive director Nancy Parks explained that Hospice Prince Edward is a non profit, non-denominational, charitable organization that provides free of charge palliative and bereavement support to families of all ages in Prince Edward County. In the last year they have helped 137 clients. This support to these clients was due to the tireless work of the approximately 40 volunteers who by the way take extensive training. Hospice PE is overseen by a Board of Directors consisting of 8 members.

With only 50% of their funding coming from the LHIN, Hospice Prince Edward must raise the other 50% in various ways. That can be accomplished through fundraising, donations and in memoriam donations. If you wish to find out more information about Hospice Prince Edward you may do so by calling Nancy Parks at 613-476-2181 ext.4253. I know that she would be happy to give you any information that you require about this wonderful non profit organization. She will also speak to any group large or small. Their website is www.hospiceprinceedward.ca. Watch your local papers and Countylive for future fundraising events.

The third speaker of the evening was Katherine Stansfield, Director of Patient Services for QHC. Her topic was re-development of PECMH/QHC. She spoke about building an integrated model of healthcare in Prince Edward County. This would be a model where QHC, PEC Family Health Team and community care agencies are all working together.

A Board has been formed called the Prince Edward Health Care Alliance consisting of many organizations throughout the County. This plan, if approved by the Ministry of Health, will be the first of its kind in Ontario. They are looking at building a new hospital with a single point of entry (figuratively speaking) that will wrap services around the patient. The Alliance’s hope is to present this plan to the Minister of Health by the summer. They also hope to take this plan to the community in the near future.

Stay tuned. QHC CEO Mary Clare Egberts and members of the Family Health Team spoke to Minister of Health, Deb Matthews on April 21 when she was in Belleville. The Minister seemed to be very receptive to this plan. In her address at the PECMH Foundation fundraiser in Wellington on April 21 Ms. Egberts commented that if the plan is approved by the MOH it may be a few years before a shovel is in the ground.

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About the Author: Fran Renoy has lived in the County for forty years so considers herself almost a native. Both she and her husband Bill consider themselves very fortunate to live in beautiful Prince Edward County. She worked at PECM hospital for thirty years as a x-ray technologist,retiring in 1998.She has a very strong passion for her local hospital and encourages others to speak up and not be afraid to do so if they feel that services are being eroded.

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  1. Doris Lane says:

    Fran congratulations on your new blog. Now I will not have to look all over for your articles. Please keep us up to date on what is happening in our hospital
    It is a shame we are down to 28 beds

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