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PECMHF launches COVID-19 Relief Fund as it prepares for unprecedented public health threat

Sign outside the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital.

While the financial impact on the local healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic is unknown, if will be significant.

In response, the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation has set up a PECMHF-COVID-19 Relief Fund to cover costs not covered by the government.

“With COVID-19, we are reminded that, on many levels, we are all connected,” said Shannon Coull, the foundation’s executive director.

She notes Quinte Health Care (QHC) is planning for an unprecedented public health threat that will impact all four hospitals – Picton, Belleville, Trenton and Bancroft.

“It is anticipated that this global pandemic will present itself with exponential growth in our community over the next week, possibly days,” she said, adding that significant preparations have been made at PECMH already.

“Region-wide and here in PEC, we all have a social, professional and moral responsibility to do what we can to help.”

Coull said QHC is working to ensure every hospital site has the equipment, facilities and human resources required to ensure the hospitals can meet the anticipated surge in demand.

“This includes the closure of clinic spaces at Belleville General Hospital to transform them into additional ICU space,” she said.

QHC expects some costs, salaries, for example, will receive provincial government funding. Other costs likely will not be covered, such as the acquisition of medical equipment, transformation of spaces, PPE and supplies, for example.

“QHC will be expected to find funds to cover those extraordinary costs,” said Coull.

Donations directed to the PECMHF-COVID-19 Relief Fund will be used wherever funding is needed in the QHC four-hospital system to treat COVID-19 patients and to help save the lives of those living in PEC and beyond.

Donations can be made by using one of the three options:
· visiting our website by clicking this link
· mailing your donation to our Foundation at 403 Main Street East, icton, ON. K0K 2T0
· Calling the Foundation office at 613-476-1008 ext. 4502. Your call will be returned within 24 hours.

“Thank you for standing with us and continuing to be the power behind the work we do!” she said. “Stay safe, stay home and wash your hands!”

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