The volunteer board of directors and staff at the Prince County Hospital Foundation are thrilled to announce that due to tremendous public support, the Foundation will be able to purchase every item listed in the 2019 $2.2 million Vital Signs appeal.
Through a generous mix of fundraising activities the non-profit organization credits its “caring communities” as the key to success. Signature events like Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots and Lights for Life, which raised $872,388 and $267,535 respectively, are joined by smaller scale events, annual mailings, memorial gifts and gifts of stock, among other sources to ensure the hospital remains well equipped. “The support of our donors never ceases to amaze us,” says board president Liz Maynard. “As the hospital continues to grow in terms of services, the support of donors keeps pace.”
The Foundation relies on public support to raise the funds necessary to keep the hospital outfitted with the medical equipment and technology needed to maintain patient care. “We have some of the best staff, nurses and physicians in Atlantic Canada and it is imperative that we keep them well equipped to care for our friends and families here on PEI,” continued Maynard. “The greatest needs of PCH are the greatest needs of our patients.”
Items of note in the 2019 appeal include a mobile x-ray unit, ventilators, and the replacement of all of the infusion pumps within the hospital. Pumps such as those pictured are used daily throughout the hospital to deliver fluids and medications into the bloodstream. Phase one of the $820,000 Cardiac Monitor replacement project was completed as part of the 2019 Vital Signs appeal. In this phase $420,000 was needed to replace cardiac monitors in the Emergency Department, the Intensive Care Unit, and the Critical Care Suite. The remaining monitors will be replaced in 2020 as part of the next Vital Signs Appeal for the greatest needs of PCH.
PHOTO: The new infusion pumps are now in place hospital wide helping patients daily. Shown are Registered Nurses from the newly expanded Nursing Care Suite at PCH with one of the new pumps. From left are Dawna Ramsay, Krista Getson, Kim Bowness, Cheryl Ramsay, and Marci White.