In recent months the Prince County Hospital Foundation delayed our regular spring campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic and focused on the need for COVID-specific medical equipment. That need was fulfilled thanks to the support of the community to the tune of $70,000. Now our board of directors and staff have turned our attention to launching their Vital Signs appeal to support the greatest needs in new and replacement medical equipment for patient care. In total, the Foundation seeks Islanders’ support in raising nearly $1.5 million for medical equipment. This year, there is equipment needed in most hospital units, though there is a focus on the second phase of the cardiac monitor replacement project ($400,000). There are also multiple pieces needed in the Maternal Child Care Unit ($116,100), where the hospital welcomes 500 or so newborns annually. Pieces like the infant warmer (displayed by PC H Auxiliary members in 2018) are vital to those early days in a child’s life. If you are in a position to make a donation, you’re support is greatly needed and welcomed with gratitude.
Melissa Bagnall can attest to having a fully equipped child care unit at PCH, close to home. “We are so blessed to have the dedicated staff and facilities that we have in Summerside,” she expressed in a recent Foundation interview. “They saved our son’s life and we are so grateful.” Her son Adrien had difficulty breathing several years ago. And is now an active seven-year-old who loves to play hockey. Melissa still gets emotional thinking about how quickly he got sick and what might have happened if everyone at the hospital hadn’t acted so swiftly to treat him. You can read Melissa’s full story here.
If you would like to make an impact in the health of your community, donations may be made at the Foundation office in the PCH lobby, by calling (902) 432-2547 or securely online here.