2014 Equipment Appeal A Success

microscopeAfter a year of dedicated efforts by many volunteers and staff,
hundreds of donors and supporters, the Prince County Hospital
Foundation’s Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that they
reached their $1,250,453 goal in 2014. “This is a proud moment for us,
for our donors and everyone involved in the campaign,” says Heather
Matheson, Foundation managing director. “We couldn’t have done it
without the commitment of a great many people. We thank all the donors
and the volunteers who generously supported the ongoing needs of the
Prince County Hospital and the patients it serves. It’s amazing what
people can do when they come together with a shared goal.”

Many factors contributed to the success of the Foundation in 2014,
including the growth of its two largest fundraisers, Lights for Life and
Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots.  Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots, a lobster
dinner with entertainment and a live auction, not only raised over
$265,000 in cash donations for 2014, but also brought promises of some
very large multi-year commitments from both the provincial government
and ADL. Lights for Life also had a record year raising over $213,000 in
its twentieth year. Matheson continued, “Memorial donations, special
events, and mailout appeals are all vital in providing medical equipment
for the Prince County Hospital. All of the equipment from the 2014
campaign will be purchased with gifts made by the community. This
unwavering dedication to your hospital and the thousands of patients who
rely on it each year is essential to the care delivered at PCH every

A host of items have already been purchased from the 2014 greatest
needs including the addition of 3 new ultrasound machines for the
Diagnostic Imaging Unit at PCH.  These three pieces, valued at over
$500,000 collectively, are now in place and in use. Other key pieces
from 2014 included an infant warmer for the Maternal Child Care Unit
($33,000), a microscope for the Laboratory ($15,000), and bath-hygiene
chair for Medical/Palliative Care patients ($10,500).


Medical Laboratory Technician Tarah Craig demonstrates a microscope in
the PCH Laboratory.  A similar model is being purchased using funds
donated in 2014.  The new microscope, to be used by pathologists at PCH,
replaces a 24 year old model and has updated optics and adjustable
eyepieces to accommodate multiple users.  A highly used tool in the lab,
the item can be used by pathologists for a variety of purposes including
diagnosing malignant cells, analysing a biopsies and much more.