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Hospital auxiliary volunteers Back the Build with $250,000

The holiday spirit was in full force Friday as Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary volunteers presented PECMH Foundation representatives with an early Christmas gift of $250,000 to the Back the Build campaign.

The donation marks the second cash installment toward the auxiliary’s $1 million pledge to build a new County Hospital, bringing their donation tally to $350,000 this year.

Shannon Coull executive director, PECMH Foundation with Art Hewer, president, PECMH Auxiliary.

“The auxiliary has an established history of fundraising in support of patient care at PECMH,” said Art Hewer, president. “Our volunteers and community members across Prince Edward County understand the importance of coming together and improving health care for our patients.”

“We can’t thank our auxiliary family enough for their generous $250,000 installment to our Back the Build campaign,” said Shannon Coull executive director, PECMH Foundation. “When it comes to commitment and passion for PECMH, the dedication from the members of the auxiliary is unmatched. Their pledge to helping us Back the Build is crucial to helping us meet our goal of $16.5 million.”

For the volunteers with the PECMH Auxiliary, the decision to Back the Build in support of the rebuild of Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital was not difficult.

“We see our local hospital as one of the high priority assets in our community so we have committed to investing in the bright, healthy future ahead for the new PECMH,” said Hewer. “We thank our volunteers for their year-round efforts toward this significant achievement. We look forward to continuing our work to support the building of PECM hospital’s future home.”

The partnership between the hospital is both long, and unique, said Barbara McConnell, chairperson of the PECMH Foundation.

“The auxiliary not only supports and assists Quinte Health Care, Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital, its patients and staff through hands on assistance with healthcare delivery, you are also helping our Foundation to raise significant funds. It is a great pleasure to continue to work with the auxiliary in this capacity.”

The new hospital is to have the same services in a better space – with highest standards of infection control, private washrooms in every inpatient room. The emergency department will include more private facilities. Services include diagnostic imaging and cardio-diagnostic services, as well as a suite of clinics to provide endoscopy and dialysis treatment for patients.

“Our new hospital will be built to handle everything from fish hooks to cardiac events,” said Coull. “The estimated cost is about $80 million. The provincial government will pay for 90 per cent of the construction while the community’s share of $16.5 million includes 10 per cent of the building cost, plus all of the equipment needed for the new hospital.

“The services Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital provides to our families and our community are invaluable,” said Nancy Parks, Back the Build campaign co-chair. “To build a new hospital and keep care close to home, it’s crucial to have support from this community. Our volunteers working at PECMH have seen first-hand the impact having a hospital in our community has on so many people in the County. We are proud of the auxiliary’s fundraising efforts that contribute to our hospital’s vibrant future.”

The auxiliary is tireless in its efforts to raise money through a variety of fundraising activities and events to support their success, which include the operation of the Second Time Around Shop in Picton, the coffee cart at the hospital, the coffee shop at the clinic and several community events, including the hallmark Festival of Trees.

“What better way to give back to our community than investing in the new hospital,” said Hewer. “Volunteers working in the hospital admire the outstanding care given to patients, while staff cope with never ending maintenance concerns in this dated building. We’re very lucky to have a hospital so close to home, and our members are doing everything they can to keep it that way.”

People or groups interested in learning more about the Back the Build Campaign, are invited to call 613-476-1008 ext. 4425. Information can also be found on the website www.backthebuild.ca

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