Vital Signs 2021 Results

Mammography Coordinator Heather Bulger, left, is joined by Technologist Amy Murphy next to the Digital Mammography Unit that will be replaced this spring thanks to donor gifts in 2021.

The Board of Directors and Staff of the Prince County Hospital Foundation are pleased to announce the results of the 2021 Vital Signs annual appeal supporting medical equipment at PCH. Thanks to the overwhelming support of community donors and businesses Island-wide, the PCH Foundation’s goal of $1.788 million has been exceeded. “This is wonderful news for patients and staff at PCH,” says Rick Kennedy, president of the Foundation’s volunteer board of directors. “This means our hospital will be able to purchase every single item on the 2021 greatest needs list for patient care. It will ensure the nurses, physicians and staff will have the best tools at their disposal when time matters most. We continue to be humbled by the generosity of Islanders. Watching fundraisers like Grass Roots and Cowboy Boots, Lights for Life, our mailing campaigns and the many community partner events continue to reach new heights year upon year is heartening, especially in such trying times. It speaks to the value the Island community places on this hospital.”

Chief among the advancements that will be bought to PCH as the result of this campaign is the replacement of the Digital Mammography Machine which was the first of its kind on PEI when installed in 2009. This machine went on to perform more than 60,000 scans in its lifetime. The replacement will feature enhanced imaging and continue to offer hope to breast cancer patients through early diagnosis. It was this piece of technology that piqued the interest of many, leading to great support from the community and a significant contribution from Mary Jean Irving by way of Master Packaging Inc. Details on this momentous gift will be celebrated this spring in a further release.

 “People from across PEI come here for their care,” continued Kennedy. “When you support the PCH Foundation, not only are you supporting the incredible healthcare workers within, but you are supporting your friends, neighbours, and family, as well. This was an incredibly challenging, but rewarding year at the PCH Foundation. We’d like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who was able to make a gift in 2021, volunteer their time, attend a fundraiser, or make a pledge to help their hospital in years to come.”

The PCH Foundation was created in 1993 to work with community stakeholders to ensure the Prince County Hospital is continually supplied with vital medical technology and equipment required to continue providing quality patient care. Each year, hospital staff and administration provide the Foundation with a list of items that require replacement, as well new items to keep pace with medical standards. All pieces have been prioritized before the Foundation goes to the public for support in outfitting the hospital through the Vital Signs appeal. For more information about the PCH Foundation or to make a gift, please “like” us at