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Learning first-hand that our doctors and nurses need community’s support

We, the residents of Prince Edward County, have known for many years about the fine care we, our relatives and our neighbours receive from the doctors, nurses, technicians and staff at our hospital.

Last week, the announcement from the Ontario Hospital Association and the National Research Corporation that a patient satisfaction survey conducted in 2011 and 2012 made headlines in the local news media. Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital was rated as the best hospital in Ontario in acute inpatient care and among the best for emergency department care. Congratulations to the doctors, nurses and staff who, through their professionalism and commitment made that happen for our hospital.

I recently had firsthand experience of that excellent service when I was a patient in Room 212 for a couple of nights after being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat). The care provided to me by Doctors Colby, Beach and Knowlton was great and I thank them for that. The nursing care was superb. Despite the fact that these nurses are run off their feet, they keep smiling and performing their roles in a thoughtful and caring manner.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation, I also know firsthand that our County healthcare professionals need our support in the way of medical equipment and up-to-date facilities to allow them to do their jobs in the best way possible. Together, we make our hospital the best small rural hospital in Ontario.

But, as we all know, these successes come when people share and work toward a common goal. Our common goal is to keep our hospital strong. Please continue your support by giving generously to the Foundation’s Christmas Season Fund-raising campaign. We need your help so that we can continue to provide the medical equipment our doctors and nurses need to give you the very best of patient care when you need it most.

If you don’t have our fund-raising information, stop by the Foundation office at the hospital or go online to to print the donation form. We appreciate and thank you for every donation.

Leo Finnegan


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