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Wellington Legion supports need for medical equipment at County’s hospital

Pictured at QHC PECMH from left, are: Ken MacMillan, poppy fund chair for Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160; Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation and Briar Boyce, senior development officer of the PECMH Foundation. Sue Vincent photoAs the need for priority medical equipment never stops, Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital is grateful for another donation from the Royal Canadian Legion in Wellington.

Ken MacMillan, on behalf of the Branch 160 Poppy Fund Committee, presented members of the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation with a gift of $2,000 on Monday, Sept. 13 from funds raised through the 2020 poppy fund campaign.

The Foundation is charged with raising more than $374,000 for equipment this year. Of that, $184,931 has been designated for the purchase of a new ultrasound machine. Last year, 2,234 patients required use of the ultrasound machine at the hospital in Picton.
The current machine is three years past its recommended lifespan; image quality is diminishing and parts are becoming difficult to source. The new ultrasound machine will cost $184,931.

Priority equipment purchases are not government funded, and donations such as this one from the Royal Canadian Legion help ensure ultrasound services remain close by should veterans, and other, need them now or in the future, said Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation.

The Legion’s $2,000 gift will help bring this vital piece of diagnostic imaging equipment to our County hospital. The Legion also gave $2,500 in January toward the purchase of a SMART bed for the inpatient unit,” Coull said.

“We are especially grateful to the Poppy Fund Committee for this gift that will go towards the purchase of an ultrasound machine. Our doctors will use it to provide the patients requiring the use of ultrasound with proper diagnosis. It’s vital for our community to continue to ensure our County hospital is equipped with the latest technology to keep our patients healthy. We are also proud to announce that, with this gift, Branch 160’s cumulative giving total to our hospital over the past 19 years has surpassed $12,000.”

In addition to the ultrasound machine, the County’s hospital is in need of a cardiac monitor and a defibrillator for the Endoscopy Department, as well as a new Point of Care machine for the emergency department.

“The Point of Care machine will allow physicians and the medical staff to accurately achieve real-time, lab-quality diagnostic results within minutes, rather than hours,” said Coull.

Barbara McConnell, chairperson of the PECMH Foundation, notes that over the years, the County’s four local Legion branches, (Picton, Wellington, Consecon and Deseronto) have all contributed to exceptional care at QHC PECMH.

“We are pleased to know their contributions and those of the Royal Canadian Legion Provincial Command are not only helping ensure the best care for veterans, but for every one in Prince Edward County.”

While the primary purpose of the Poppy Fund is to provide assistance to former servicemen and women in need, a large portion of the funds raised in Prince Edward County also help support charitable organizations in our community that provide service and care to veterans.

“Through your donations to the Legion Poppy Fund, the Legion provides financial assistance and support to veterans, including Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, and their families who are in need,” said Ken MacMillan, chairperson of the Branch 160 Poppy Fund. “We are thankful to everyone who supports the poppy campaign and the Legion. Because of you, the Legion is able to help others living in this community, including patients at the hospital have access to leading edge diagnostic equipment.”

Over the past 16 years, the Foundation has been the recipient of $115,675 in donations from local Legion branches, Ladies Auxiliaries and the Provincial Command Charitable Foundation. These donated funds come largely through poppy fund sales.

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