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Wellington Rotary funds balance of ventilator for County’s hospital


Representatives from Wellington Rotary, Quinte Health and PECMH Foundation gather for the cheque presentation photo. – Monica Alyea photo

The Rotary Club of Wellington has completed a commitment with the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation (PECMHF) to fund the balance of the purchase of a transport ventilator needed in the emergency department.

“Having this transport ventilator allows Quinte Health’s staff timely access to equipment, particularly when a patient requires ventilation right away,” said Lisa Mowbray, hospital site lead and manager of patient services at PECMH. “These ventilators support all patient populations, from neonates to adults. No matter where the patient is or where they need to go, the ventilator will stay by their side, providing continuous support in the emergency department or any transport situation in or outside the hospital.”

Representatives from the club presented $29,095 – $10,787.28 for the balance of the ventilator and $18,308 for the fundraising efforts for the new hospital.

Funds were raised from sales of Rotary-branded maple syrup and donors, including the Nicholson Island Club, which donated $15,000 through the Rotary Club of Wellington Foundation. The Nicholson Island Club is a private hunt club that has existed for about 50 years on an island off Huyck’s Point Road.

In June last year, the hospital foundation received partial funding from the Stark Family Fund to purchase one ventilator and the Rotary club funded the balance, approximately $22,000. A ventilator costs more than $56,000.

“Without community fundraising, our hospital would not have the financial means to purchase devices like this transport monitor,” said Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation.

“Wellington Rotary remains committed to keeping our hospital well-equipped for everyone in our community for years to come,” said Lyn McGowan, outgoing president of the Rotary Club of Wellington. “We are very pleased that these contributions will help provide care to those who need it most across the Quinte region in our current hospital and contribute to building our new hospital. Wellington Rotary is proud to support the dedicated staff working daily to care for people in our community and is honoured to invest in a leading-edge facility.”

The waiting area in the new Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Emergency Department will be named to recognize Wellington Rotary’s fundraising efforts, which tally $444,120.42 to the foundation’s Back the Build campaign.

“Service Clubs such as Rotary play a significant role as they help to shape how health care will be delivered in our community for years to come,” said Nancy Parks, Back the Build campaign chairperson.


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