Prince Edward County News

Pictured in front of QHC PECMH from left: Shannon Coull, Executive Director of the PECMH Foundation; Barbara McConnell, Chair of the PECMHF Board of Directors; Stacey Daub, president and CEO of Quinte Health Care; Dr Sarah Le Blanc, physician in charge at QHC PECMH and Dennis Darby, director of the board of the PECMH Foundation and co-chair of the Back the Build campaign. Photo by Sue Vincent

An outpouring of community support has helped the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation disburse $333,261 for priority equipment needs during its 2021/22 fiscal year for the county hospital (QHC PECMH) and area of Fifth. Medical equipment is not covered by any government funding and funds must be raised by the hospital foundation.

Donations equipped the QHC PECMH endoscopy department with a new defibrillator and portable heart monitor, and purchased a portable blood analyzer for the emergency department. The ultrasound machine, which will benefit more than 2,200 patients a year, was purchased together with an automated endoscope reprocessor (AER) machine that cleans and disinfects gastroscopes and colonoscopes. New bariatric stretchers have been added to the park and the mammography image review station has been replaced.

“Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital continues to meet the medical needs of our community and the greater Quinte area on a daily basis through the support of our donors,” said Barbara McConnell, President of the PECMH Foundation. “We know these are extraordinary times that require extraordinary support. From managing changing healthcare needs to ensuring the right equipment is available for medical staff, access to this equipment will have a positive impact on our patients, their families and their caregivers.

The PECMH Auxiliary contributed five pieces of equipment. The Rotary Club of Wellington has pledged to support the automated endoscope reprocessor and donor support, along with $25,000 from the DiBattista family, of Picton, and proceeds from the Teeing Up Fore Health Care golf classic held in September 2021, bought the ultrasound machine.

“Ensuring that QHC PECMH has the equipment necessary to provide the best possible health care in our community is our top priority,” said Shannon Coull, executive director of the foundation. “We are grateful to everyone who made donations. Our donors continue to prove how great the philanthropic community in Prince Edward County is. We are humbled by this generosity and the influence of our donors on the safe delivery of health care services in the region.

Dr Sarah Le Blanc, Medical Officer at County Hospital, notes that the medical team at the hospital appreciates the role played by the foundation and the support of the community.

“Their efforts ensure that we are supported with priority equipment, facility improvements and other projects at our hospital,” Le Blanc said. “The foundation is also looking to the future with us. We partner with them as we plan for future needs, and their contributions help ensure that our medical staff have access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology that helps make more informed care decisions with our patients.

The foundation also transferred its second installment of $20,000 toward a $100,000 pledge to QHC to help with renovations to the intensive care unit at QHC Belleville General Hospital.

“We are grateful to the PECMH Foundation and donors in our community for their incredible support,” said Stacey Daub, President and CEO of QHC. “Our county hospital is integral to the health and well-being of our community and this equipment funding will help our teams provide excellent care, close to home, including for residents across the region. “

The foundation is now moving to the new wishlist with a new campaign to raise $1,874,750 for more equipment needed at Picton Hospital in the 2022/23 financial year. Some of the items include an echocardiogram (ECG) machine, a new X-ray machine, an endoscope and two new SMART beds.

“Thank you to our donors for helping PECMHF serve our communities through the ups and downs of the past year. With your support, we will kick off and are ready for whatever comes next in 2022,” McConnell said. “Our donor community continues to make incredible, innovative care more accessible to everyone. Thanks very much.”

Lillian L. Pena