A Community Partnership for PCH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE“Community Partnership for PCH” April 8, 2021 SUMMERSIDE,PE   The City of Summerside and the Prince County Hospital Foundation are pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Prince County Hospital on a pilot project at PCH. This community partnership is aimed at filling ongoing vacant Intensive Care nursing roles at the hospital with experienced ICU nurses and retaining permanent staff in the Emergency Department and ICU.. The venture is meant to complement existing efforts and to bring experienced staff to this critical unit. Paul Young, Acting Administrator for Prince County Hospital, “We are overwhelmed and so inspired to bear witness to the PCH Foundation and the City of Summerside so graciously and generously answering our call for help to support the recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals in our facility. We are so encouraged at the potential of this partnership to explore opportunities to complement the excellent work of the Recruitment and Retention Secretariat.” As the City sees PCH as a cornerstone of the community, they have come forward with facility packages at the CUP and a variety of draws for new and existing permanent hospital staff including enhanced packages for new recruits in ICU and Emergency Department. … View full news story.
A Community Partnership for PCH

2020 Vital Signs Results

The Prince County Hospital Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the successful completion of the 2020 Vital Signs Appeal. The charity is responsible for the provision of new and replacement medical equipment for the benefit of patients and staff at PCH. The 2020 appeal boasted a $1,485,280 goal and featured priority medical equipment from nearly every department at the hospital. “This was an exceptional year in so many ways—both positive and negative,” said Past-President Liz Maynard whose presidential term ended with the calendar year. “In early March we were prepared to launch our annual public campaign to raise funds for medical equipment. Before the month’s end those plans were placed on hold due to the onset of COVID-19 and the specific needs that it presented at PCH. As the hospital shifted focus, we followed suit; producing a short-term online campaign to fulfill needs like a glidescope and much more.” Maynard continued, “By June, things were settled enough on PEI that we could resume our appeal to raise $1,485,280 needed to keep PCH up-to-date in 2020. Adaptation became the only way to move forward… a sentiment shared by so many in the business community. With each turn we needed … View full news story.

Lights for Life 2020 Results

Thanks to more than 1800 donors, Lights for Life has raised an astounding $275,935! That is the largest total since the fundraiser began in 1995. “In a year of uncertainty, the one thing we could all depend on was each other,” says Heather Matheson, Managing Director of the Prince County Hospital Foundation. “People from across PEI make so much possible, especially here at the Prince County Hospital. The incredible number of gifts made to Lights for Life this year will make a huge impact in healthcare at PCH.” Throughout the month of November, supporters dedicated lights and displays by donation in memory and in honour of their loved ones through the PCH Foundation. All of those light dedications are gathered in a keepsake book that is available in a kiosk outside the front door of PCH. All donations support the purchase of medical equipment through the Foundation’s $1.5 million 2020 Vital Signs Appeal for the hospital’s greatest needs. These gifts bring the entire front of the hospital to life with a multitude of holiday lights and displays synchronized to music. This celebratory lighting at the PCH in Summerside is normally an event that hosts hundreds of people and officially brings … View full news story.
Lights for Life 2020 Results

Downtown Lights for Life

The Prince County Hospital Foundation is expanding Lights for Life to downtown Summerside! In partnership with Downtown Summerside Inc. and the City of Summerside, we will be adding a number of new displays to the western end of boardwalk along Water Street in the coming weeks. The displays will include pieces in keeping with the style and quality currently at PCH as part of Lights for Life.  As with the pieces at PCH, donors will have the opportunity to dedicate these new downtown displays in memory or in honour of loved ones. With hopes of expansion in the coming years, “Downtown Lights for Life” will begin with 30 displays featuring snowflakes, trees, snowmen, candy canes and more. “We are simply delighted for this partnership and the opportunity for Lights for Life to grow in such a beautiful setting on the downtown boardwalk,” says PCH Foundation Managing Director Heather Matheson. “This is a good news story for all. The new addition not only adds a peaceful display of lights on the waterfront, but it helps raise funds for medical equipment at PCH.” “The addition of the lighted soldier at Memorial Park was a great beginning,” says Angie Arsenault, left, Managing Director of Downtown Summerside Inc. “So, it seemed only natural to … View full news story.

Grass Roots Special Edition

MEAL PICK UP INFORMATION: CLICK HERE Because we cannot gather together in large numbers to celebrate this year, Warren Ellis is introducing a Special Edition of Grass Roots to help the PCH Foundation with its goal of raising $1.5 million for medical equipment in 2020. The Ellis family through Summerside Chrysler Dodge will once again be donating a Jeep Wrangler Sport! In 2020 your ticket purchase will not only give you the chance to win this beautiful Jeep, but it also entitles you to a take-out meal to be picked up at the Credit Union Place in Summerside on October 3rd. None of this would be possible without the continued support of the Ellis family – Warren, Marlene and their sons Josh and Brody, as well as their many friends and business associates.  Without their organization and financial support –including new vehicles to give away – the event would not be possible. Tickets for Grass Roots Special Edition are on sale now for $100 each at Summerside Chrysler Dodge or by calling (902) 853-7160. Limited tickets are also available at the PCH Foundation office in the hospital lobby. Mr. Ellis, right, is joined in the photo by his son Brody … View full news story.
Grass Roots Special Edition

Caring Connections Newsletter and 2019 Annual Report

Please enjoy Caring Connections Issue 1 for 2020. this newsletter also includes our 2019 Annual Report to the Community.

Friendship 100KM Team Challenge

The Friendship 100KM Team Challenge is a new virtual event that can be held with social distancing in mind. We will see much of the team camaraderie and healthy competition from the cancelled Friendship Run and the Bedpan Relay without the crowded start/finish lines or the handing off of a baton. Teams of 10-20 people will divide the 100km goal into increments of 5 or 10km, using the well-known run routes of the Friendship Run. Runners must complete their solo 5 or 10 km continuously (in one run) between September 4th and 12th along the Friendship Run courses on the map provided and submit their time and race data (see link below). The team that completes the 100KM with the lowest recorded group time is declared the winner! (PCH and Community Catergories)Have your captain contact Bevan Woodacre in the PCH Foundation office or Sheila MacMurdo in PCH Rehabilitative Services. Deadline for entry is August 21st.Bevan Woodacre 902.432.2858Sheila MacMurdo 902.438.4480 Full Details here

Meet Melissa and Adrien

“He has a bit of a cough,” the daycare workers said to Melissa Bagnall when she picked up her 18 month old son, Adrien. After a restless night, the cough appeared worse and Adrien did not seem like himself. Melissa called the office of her family physician, Dr. Sharpe, for an appointment; they fit them in that afternoon. After seeing how hard Adrien was working to breathe, they were sent to the Maternal Child Care Unit (MCCU) at Prince County Hospital for a consult with Dr. David Wong. When they arrived at the hospital, they were met by Adrien’s father, Glenn. When patients arrive at the hospital unit to see the doctor, pediatric nurses must demonstrate a calm skill-set as they assess, prioritize and manage patients until a doctor arrives. Jaime Richard and Erica Waite were the RNs on duty in MCCU that day. They quickly realized how sick Adrien was and contacted Dr. Wong. A portable chest x-ray revealed that his upper airways were very swollen and becoming so tight that he was using all of the muscles in his chest and belly to suck in each breath. Bloodwork showed that his little lungs were beginning to shut down … View full news story.
Meet Melissa and Adrien

COVID-19 Project Update – April 23

We are thrilled to say that we are approximately half way to our $50,000 goal for the COVID-19 Project.  The Glidescope for the ICU, like the one displayed by Dr. Irvine and Dr. Drost, is the largest ticket item in “phase one” of this short-term urgent needs project. The list also includes (4) Feeding Pumps at $4,000 per unit, and a number of other important pieces such as a BiPap, AirVo units and thermometers.     There have been over 90 generous donations received so far on this project including a couple of significant gifts. A leadership gift of $10,000 was received recently from Judy K. Profitt in memory of her great-uncle, Richard S. Hinton (a life-long supporter of PCH, Board Member & Benefactor) and her grandparents, Dr. Harry & Kathleen Allen. Her grandmother Kathleen (Hinton) Allen was Richard’s sister.  There are several other large donations we will highlight in the coming days.  We are so appreciative of every gift received and we want to say “thank you” to every donor who has taken the time to make a donation on our secure website or by calling our office at (902) 432-2547.  We want our caring communities to know that every … View full news story.

COVID 19 Project

As part of the $50,000 short term COVID 19 project, the Internal Medicine Physicians have requested the emergency purchase of a glidescope system for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at a cost of $31,000. This device is essential for PCH during this pandemic to obtain an emergency airway for COVID-19 patients during intubation. This device assists in seeing the vocal cords to ensure a secure airway is attained by allowing the user to actually see and verify tube placement. Currently the ICU does not have a glidescope device system and is required to borrow from the Emergency Department which is not always possible. Photo: Staff have been doing simulations in ICU almost daily the last two weeks using the unit from ER in preparation for possible ventilation of COVID patients. If you want to help support this emergency purchase for PCH, please visit /pch-covid-19-project/ Or call us at (902) 432-2547 to make your gift today. StayHomePEI #PCHFCOVIDCare #PEI

Office closed to public

It’s times like this that our caring communities lean on PCH, the nurses, physicians and staff the most. Now more than even we appreciate the support you have given to the patients of your hospital. After all, it is your generous gifts have put life saving tools in the hands of our healthcare team. To all of the heroes here within our walls… THANK YOU. Whether you are a part of the incredible cleaning staff, a nurse on pediatrics, or an Emergency physician, you all play a vital role here at our hospital. In support of our dedicated healthcare team at PCH and their ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, PCH Foundation office will be closed to the public until further notice. For the time being our staff will be working from home and can be reached for by the following means: BY PHONE:       (902) 432-2547        Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm EMAIL:       WEBSITE:      Donations can be made securely online, or by phone Please be sure to monitor local media and follow directions as laid out by Health PEI. We can all do our part to flatten the curve.

Foundation Surpasses 2019 Goal

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 … View full news story.
Foundation Surpasses 2019 Goal

25th Lights for Life (2019)

Beginning at 6:15PM on Wednesday, December 4th, you can join the PCH Foundation for the annual Lights for Life Celebration – the largest lighting ceremony of its kind on PEI. The PCH Staff choir will entertain the crowd with live carolling and the Lights for Life dedication books will be distributed. Attendees can enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, cider and cookies before the official agenda begins at 6:30PM. Following a short ceremony to acknowledge sponsors and announce the grand total raised, the lighting will begin. This wonderful display will illuminate the sky as the lights and displays move to the music that has been thoughtfully choreographed. 5:45 – 6:15 – Shuttle courtesy of Summerside Chrysler Dodge from Superstore Parking Lot 6:00 pm – onsite parking opens for elderly and people with disabilities 6:15 live caroling from staff choir, cookies, cider hot chocolate, Lights for Life books released 6:30 show begins with introductions followed by lighting Donations can still be made until Dec 31st at ———OFFICIAL RELEASEOn Wednesday evening December 4th at 6:30PM, all are invited to attend the 25th annual Lights for Life at Prince County Hospital. During the month of November, the PCH Foundation gathers donations in memory and … View full news story.
25th Lights for Life (2019)


Women’s Golf Event Raises Funds for Women’s Wellness In 2019 the PCH Foundation was tasked with raising $23,000 for a colposcope to be used in the new Women’ Wellness Centre being constructed at PCH. Colposcopy is a medical diagnostic procedure to examine an illuminated, magnified view of the cervix and the tissues of the vagina and vulva. Many premalignant lesions and malignant lesions in these areas have noticeable characteristics which can be detected through the examination. This is just one of the many new services added to PCH through the inclusion of the new Women’s Wellness Centre.

Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots Results 2019

Despite Mother Nature, the 11th annual Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots fund raiser was once again a great success.  Although Hurricane Dorian picked up as the evening progressed, it did not dampen the spirits of those 1000+ people who joined together to raise funds for medical equipment for Prince County Hospital.  The event raised an astonishing $872,388 in cash and future pledges that will help the foundation close in on its goal this year and will help for several years to come.  In fact, this influx of funds brings the Foundation to 54% of the $2.2 million goal for 2019.  Following such a successful event, we would like to thank everyone who made it possible. Whether you bought tickets, donated or purchased an auction item, made a generous donation on stage or on our website, or if you turned out to volunteer, we thank you for your support.  We would also like to thank the City of Summerside for their major contribution to the success of this event over the past 11 years. We would also like to extend a special “thank you” to event organizer Warren Ellis, his family and his business Summerside Chrysler Dodge and its employees. Warren brought this idea to us many years ago, and it has grown into something that no … View full news story.
Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots Results 2019

Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots Frequently Asked Questions 2019

Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots is moving ahead, as scheduled. In tracking the weather and in consultation with Credit Union Place staff, we are confident in the plan that is in place. The CUP is one of the most secure locations on the island and the only thing that could alter plans now would be a major power outage during the event, for which there is a plan. Obviously, we trust that folks will make their own travel judgments, otherwise we hope to see you there! Doors open at 5pm and the show ends at approximately 9:30pm. To ensure seating for a large group, come early. There is no assigned seating. Buffet lines open at 6pm. Buffet includes: Lobster & Steak, 4 salads, a roll, chowder, and dessert. Auction items can be paid for on site by credit card and cash or in our office at a later date (38 items this year!) – Auction items Bar and Water Stations are cash only All funds raised support the purchase of medical equipment for the PCH! The ice is in (but covered) closed toes shoes are recommended and you may want to bring a sweater.

18th Friendship Run for PCH Presented by Atlantic Superstore Summerside

Mark your calendars and lace up your runners!Event page: The 18th Friendship Run presented this year by Atlantic Superstore – Summerside, organized by Dr. Michael Irvine, centre, is a fundraising event for the Prince County Hospital Foundation’s Equipment Appeal – Vital Signs.  This year the event will consist of both a 10 km competitive run as well as a 5 km fun run. The run is scheduled for Saturday, August 31st and will start at the Wilmot Community Centre in Summerside at 9:00am for the 10K and 9:20am for the 5K. Registration is slated for 8:00am and no pre-registration is required. One hundred per cent of the $20.00 registration fee goes to the hospital foundation. The route will take runners through a scenic loop in Summerside including forested sections of the Rotary Friendship Park (10K only) and the Confederation Trail. In the photo attached, organizer Dr. Michael Irvine, is joined by run volunteer and PCH staff member, Sheila MacMurdo and former 10K event winner Scott Clark, left. We are still looking for a few course volunteers. If you can help out, please contact Kelly at (902) 432-2547 or

Grass Roots and Cowboy Boots 2019

2019 Results Tickets for the 11th annual Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots are now on sale. This event has become a staple in the community not only as an important fundraiser for the Prince County Hospital Foundation, but also as a community gathering not to be missed. This year’s event will again feature many musical acts for patrons to enjoy along with a steak and lobster dinner. Allison Smith will be the returning voice of the auction while Kerri-Wynne MacLeod (of Ocean 100) and Roger Ahern will share emcee duties. This fundraising event is organized and financed by Warren Ellis, and supported by his team and his family, meaning 100% of every dollar raised at the event will support the purchase of much needed medical equipment for patients at the Prince County Hospital. Not only that, but each ticket purchased includes a chance to win a Jeep Wrangler Sport donated by Ellis’ business Summerside Chrylser Dodge. “Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots has become a flagpole in the success of the PCH Foundation’s Vital Signs Appeal,” says PCH Foundation volunteer president Liz Maynard. “As the greatest needs in medical equipment and technology continue to grow in both volume and price, this … View full news story.

Operation Spare Change 2019

Tune in for the 4th annual Operation Spare Change on June 12th! Our friends at Ocean 100, Hot 105.5 and Confederation Bridge have teamed up again to collect change to benefit the patients at PCH through our Vital Signs equipment appeal. From now until June 12th, visit any of the partner locations listed below find the OPERATION SPARE CHANGE BUCKET and leave us some spare change to make a big difference at you hospital. Who’s involved for 2019? Check out the list of great partners: ADL Callbecks Home Hardware Callbecks Home Furniture Key Murray Law County Fair Mall Cox & Palmer Credit Union Place Novus Glass in Summerside Prestige Kitchens, Home Décor & Floral Sobeys in Summerside Spring Valley Building Centre Summerside Superstore Summerside Farmers Market Township Chev Town & Country Carpet One Summerside Toyota Malpeque Fine Iron Products Red Shores Summerside Vogue Optical  

Vital Signs Equipment Appeal 2019

Photo: “I just wanted to be home.” Angie MacCaull can attest to the value of care close to home. (Read Angie’s story here). Angie is pictured with one of 29 cardiac monitors to be replaced in 2019. When we think of the heart, its power and what it symbolizes in our lives, we think of many things. The heart is the engine that sustains life; it’s also meant to represent the love you have for the important people in around you. What you want for them and for yourself is health and happiness. As a major part of the PCH Foundation’s Vital Signs Appeal this year, we will be talking a lot about the heart. A key part of this campaign is the replacement of all of the cardiac monitors at PCH. This two year project is the “heart” of our campaign and it touches nearly every person admitted to PCH. The cardiac monitors represent $420,000 of the $2.2 million needed to provide up-to-date medical equipment for the patients at PCH this year.  A host of other medical equipment needed to keep care close to home can be found at We need your help to ensure our patients have … View full news story.