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Picton Metro and shoppers ring in $16,500 toward building new hospital

At the gifting of $16,500 from Picton Metro, Friday, were: Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation; Dennis Darby, Back the Build campaign co-chair; Nancy Parks, Back the Build campaign co-chair; Murray Lupenette, store manager of the Picton Metro; Andre Gagne, vice-president of Metro and Gottfried Boehringer, Back the Build campaign cabinet member. – Briar Boyce photo

Grocery shoppers adding $2 to their bill at Picton’s Metro store raised $11,650 to ‘Back the Build’ of the County’s new hospital. In thanks, the store topped up the donation by $5,000 to present the hospital $16,500 Friday morning.

The success of the promotion, held between July 30, Aug. 13, has prompted the grocery store to commit to hold the same fundraiser annually for the next three years.

“Metro’s head office and the employees working at the Picton store are defining ‘exceptional’ this summer with their amazing act of kindness and leadership for this important campaign. Metro embodies the spirit of generosity that defines our County,” said Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation.

“This wonderful contribution to our new hospital is a demonstration of this store’s dedication to our community and commitment to giving back. I thank Metro, Murray and his entire team for coming forward with this gift and I am confident their leadership will inspire other local businesses to do the same.”

“The impact of this campaign has been felt deep in the hearts and homes of the local community we serve,” said Murray Lupenette, store manager of Metro in Picton. “I am incredibly proud of our staff and thankful to our customers for their generosity.”

This support from Metro will directly impact the future of health care delivery in Prince Edward County, said Coull. The grocery retailer is thrilled to be extending its partnership with the PECMH Foundation.

“Metro is proud to announce a multi-year financial commitment over the next three years toward the new hospital build,” said Andre Gagne, vice-president, Metro. “As for money raised this summer, I give all the credit for this donation to the store employees and our generous and local customers. Together, they raised the money at the registers and it is important to them that the funds raised stays in their community.”

Dennis Darby, Back the Build campaign co-chair, also thanked Metro for its commitment to community building.

“This is another excellent example of the team effort under way across Prince Edward County to help get this hospital built.”

The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to raise money to advance health care for the patients of the hospital and the people of Prince Edward County.

Based on current projected timelines, the new hospital construction would be completed in 2025. The PECMH Foundation is commissioned with raising the local share portion of the build, which works out to be $16.5M. Community donations so far total more than $11.3 million in pledges.

In June, Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith delivered long-awaited official confirmation the hospital will be built.

Now on Stage 3 of 5, Quinte Health Care is working on detailed planning and design work for the new hospital which is to include 18 in-patient beds with space for five additional beds, a 24-7 emergency department, diagnostic imaging, surgical suite, dialysis and ambulatory care.

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