Cardiac Care Close to Home : Angie MacCaull

  “I just wanted to be home.” This was not the sentiment Angie MacCaull and her husband Mike were hoping for when they set out for a cruise out of Miami. They would never set foot on the boat. Angie was doubled over in pain in her Florida hotel room when they decided to rush back to PEI for treatment. With the severe heaviness in her chest, they knew it was something serious. In the lead up to the trip, Angie had endured similar attacks. Having ruled out a number of possibilities including a gallbladder issue, through blood work, ultrasounds, electrocardiographs (ECG) and other testing at PCH, she was released with what was thought to be acid reflux. The attending physician encouraged her to return if she had further pain. “It was the best thing he could have said to me,” she remarked. Upon arrival home, Angie was admitted to PCH for extensive testing. By the next day, it was suggested that a family history of esophageal spasms could be the culprit and she was medicated accordingly. The treatment appeared to be working, and she was able to go home. The attacks returned that night and Angie went back to … View full news story.

Lights for Life Results 2018

  Thanks to your donations in memory and in honour of loved ones, Lights for Life raised $244,682 for the Prince County Hospital Foundation! These gifts will provide much needed medical equipment for many departments at PCH, including the replacement of the main X-Ray machine as part of the $1.5 million 2018 Vital Signs Campaign. Along with our many donors from across this great province, we would like to thank our sponsors Presenting Sponsors: Credit Unions in Prince County – Consolidated Credit Union, Tignish Credit Union, Évangéline-Central Credit Union, Malpeque Bay Credit Union   Gold Sponsors: PEI Mutual Insurance Company Journal Pioneer MBS Radio Stations (Spud FM, Q93, CFCY)   Silver Sponsors: Canadian Tire – Summerside A special thanks to Prince County Hospital Administration and Staff for their commitment to Lights for Life. We are fortunate to have the dedication of PCH Maintenance Department staff who have put up every light and display to make this community event a reality. Thanks as well to Environmental Services and Nutritional Services for their parts in the success of this event. Thank you to our many volunteers –  Emcee Chris Pride, PCH Staff Choir, PCH Auxiliary, Youth Who Care, PCH Front Desk Volunteers, … View full news story.

Lights for Life 2018

On Wednesday evening December 5th at 6:30PM, all are invited to attend the 24th annual Lights for Life at Prince County Hospital. During the month of November, the PCH Foundation gathers donations in memory and in honour of loved ones. Those dedications are collected in a keepsake book that is distributed at the event on December 5th. The evening itself is an annual lighting display during which the community gathers at PCH for an evening of song and remembrance. The lighting ceremony is choreographed to music in a touching display with something for everyone. You can help create this wonderful display of lights by purchasing a light in honour or in memory of someone special and your gift will help provide vital medical equipment for PCH. “Lights for Life has grown over the past 24 years thanks to the many people who have chosen to remember someone in their lives either by dedicating a light in their honour or in their memory,” said PCH Foundation Managing Director Heather Matheson. “This is one of the best times of the year for the Foundation as we get to meet a lot of people and talk about what Lights for Life means to … View full news story.
Lights for Life 2018

Stewart McKelvey Returns a Jeep

On September 8th Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots culminated with the announcement of the winner of the Jeep Wrangler Sport courtesy of Summerside Chrysler Dodge. Stewart McKelvey Law Office in Charlottetown walked away as the new owners of that incredible vehicle. They saw an opportunity to make a difference at our hospital and they have donated the Jeep back to the PCH Foundation! Grass Roots Founder Warren Ellis, right, is joined by PCH Foundation Managing Director Heather Matheson, far left, and Brody Ellis ,third right, in accepting the Jeep from Stewart McKelvey Managing Partner Paul Kiley, second right. Back row left to right: Perlene Morrison, Jennifer MacPherson, Spencer Campbell, Geoff Connolly, Margaret Anne Walsh.  Sitting in the Jeep are Janet Clark and Jim Travers.

Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots 2018 results

Grass Roots was a rousing success again in 2018. The event raised $1,701,041 ($601,041 in cash and $1.1 million in future pledges) for medical equipment at the Prince County Hospital, helping to bring us to 65 % of our goal for 2018! An enormous thank you to Warren Ellis and his family, as well as their business, Summerside Chrysler Dodge for their support in organizing and  financing this very special community gathering in support of PCH. Thank you also to all of those who made commitments large and small in support of the fudnraiser. Whether you were a volunteer, a ticket buyer, a table sponsors, or an auction bidder, you played an important role in the success of Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots.  

Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots 2018

  UPDATED- Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots Results Hitch up your wagons and shoe the horses, “Grass Roots and Cowboy Boots” is coming back for a 10th ride. This fundraising dinner, auction, and show in support of the Prince County Hospital Foundation will take place on September 8th at the Credit Union Place. Attended each year by a crowd of over 1300, guests are treated to live entertainment all evening by local musicians and they will be joined this year by comedian Jimmy the Janitor. The steak and lobster dinner will be back on the menu and will be followed by a live auction with Allison Smith and a cavalcade of wonderful items up for grabs. The evening will culminate with a draw for a brand new Jeep Wrangler Sport courtesy of the organizer Warren Ellis,left, and Summerside Chrysler Dodge. Mr. Ellis is joined in the photo by his son Brody, back right, and the Vice President of the PCH Foundation’s volunteer board of directors, Liz Maynard. The event is also possible due to the ongoing support of our sponsors the City of Summerside. Warren Ellis and his family have been the main benefactors of this event since it began. … View full news story.

Operation Spare Change 2018

Ocean 100and Hot 105.5  have teamed up with the Confederation Bridge for Operation Spare Change – when you see this logo at Participating locations in Summerside, toss in your spare change to support the Prince County Hospital Foundation!  All of the donations from the 2018 Operation Spare Change will support the replacement and upgrade of medical equipment for the Prince County Hospital’s main X-Ray room – a $550,000.00 endeavor. Who’s involved for 2018? Check out the list of great partners: ADL Cox & Palmer Summerside Chrysler Dodge Callbecks Home Hardware Callbecks Home Furniture Novus Glass in Summerside Prestige Kitchens, Home Décor & Floral Summerside Farms Market Spring Valley & O’leary Building Centres Town & Country Carpet One Township Chevrolet Summerside Superstore Key Murray Law County Fair Mall Sobey’s Credit Union Place is accepting donations at the front desk. Add a $1 to your day pass purchase or donate without making a purchase.  
Operation Spare Change 2018

Vital Signs 2018

The PCH Foundation is launching its Vital Signs Appeal for 2018 which serves the greatest needs of patients at the hospital. This year, new and replacement medical equipment will cost over $1.5 million. There are important pieces needed in nearly every unit at the hospital, including the replacement of digital radiography equipment in the main X-Ray room at PCH. In the event of an emergency, digital radiography (X-Ray) might be considered the gateway to further care in any hospital. It can help to determine next steps when time matters most and it is certainly among the most valuable assets at the PCH. An estimated 60 to 80 patients are imaged daily using digital radiography at PCH and during busy times as high as 100 patients come through the department. The room was the first of its kind when PCH opened in 2004 and it has been a vital function of the hospital ever since. Fourteen years later, the X-Ray machine and the additional equipment in the room have reached the end of their lifecycle. The cost to replace the equipment will be $550,000, a considerable portion of the overall campaign to keep PCH vibrant and viable in 2018. Sharon and … View full news story.

Callbecks Furnishing PCH

Over the past few years the staff at Callbecks Home Hardware and Callbecks Home Furniture & Appliances has been working tirelessly to raise funds for their hospital. Over the course of that time the staff members had many fundraising projects including dress down Fridays and new candy machines in the stores with 100% of profits going to the PCH Foundation. They even created their own 50/50 draw all in hopes of making a substantial gift. Recently this culminated in a donation of $11,300.00 that was presented to Prince County Hospital Foundation Board member Paul Power, second from left. Presenting on behalf of the staff (from front left) are Duane MacDonald (Callbecks owner), Monica Poirier, Ruth MaCarville, Cathy Clow, Linda McCardle, Bonnie Farrell, Heather Allan, Kaitlyn MacNevin. Back (L-R) Joanne Bridges, Scott Perry, Hilton Plats, Paul Arsenault, Greg Roach, Alex Brown, Blair Gallant “We are extremely happy to be able to make this donation on behalf of our staff,” says Duane MacDonald.  “They have worked very hard and came up with a lot of creative fundraising ideas which helped make the process fun and it is rewarding to know this is going to help so many people at our local hospital. … View full news story.
Callbecks Furnishing PCH

2017 Vital Signs Greatest Needs Appeal Results

Thanks to the generosity of thousands of people, the Prince County Hospital Foundation will be able to purchase every item needed from the 2017 Vital Signs annual appeal for the hospital’s greatest needs.  We began 2017 with a very ambitious goal – the largest single year campaign in our history. Through a combination of mail appeals, special events, memorial donations, stock donations, and corporate gifts, $2,366,868 was raised, meaning each vital piece of medical equipment will be purchased to benefit the thousands of patients who use Prince County Hospital each year. The majority of the donations from 2017 will support the much needed upgrading of the three operating rooms at PCH. “We spoke a great deal about the needs in Surgical Services’ Operating Rooms (OR) last year and for good reason, remarked PCH Foundation’s volunteer board president Patrick McSweeney. “An average of 2200 surgeries are performed at PCH annually on patients from all over PEI and the upgrades needed in the OR made up a considerable amount of the 2017 goal. At $1.4 million, it was a very big ticket item.” Though the project, expected to be completed in the summer of 2018, was the centrepiece of the 2017 Vital … View full news story.

2017 Lights for Life Event Info

The 23rd Lights for Life will take place, Wednesday, December 6th at 6:30 pm at PCH. Throughout the month of November, supporters remembered and honoured loved ones with a gift dedication to the Prince County Hospital Foundation. These dedications have been compiled in the annual Lights for Life book to be released on December 6th at the lighting ceremony. Beginning at 6:15PM, 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. “This year we have received an incredible number gifts to Lights for Life. It is heartening to see this type of support for an event that is both solemn and joyful. These donations will make a huge impact in our … View full news story.

Lights for Life 2017

  On Wednesday evening December 6th at 6:30PM, all are invited to attend the 23rd annual Lights for Life at Prince County Hospital. During the month of November, the PCH Foundation gathers donations in memory and in honour of loved ones. Those dedications are collected in a keepsake book that is distributed at the event on December 6th. The evening itself is an annual lighting display during which the community gathers at PCH for an evening of song and remembrance. The lighting ceremony is choreographed to music in a touching display with something for everyone. You can help create this wonderful display of lights by purchasing a light in honour or in memory of someone special and your gift will help provide vital medical equipment for PCH. “This event not only helps the patients of PCH, but it is also an opportunity to honour and remember those we have lost over the years. It has truly become an event that brings the community together.” says Heather Matheson, Managing Director at the PCH Foundation.  “Every dollars counts here at PCH Foundation and we are incredibly grateful to the Lights for Life donors for their support over the past 23 years.” Gift … View full news story.

Women’s Golf Classic

The Annual Women’s Golf Classic will take place September 16th, 2022 at our course sponsor Red Sands Golf Club in Clinton. The event offers something for golfers at all levels of experience as our teams enjoy a day filled with fun, flair, prizes and a little bit of competition! Interested golfers can contact Lisa Schurman Smith at (902) 432-2888 or email Entry fees include snacks and refreshments on the course, green fees, games, prizes and an awards banquet. Funds raised from this tournament since 2008 have grown to over $325,000 in support medical equipment needs at Prince County Hospital. The PCH Foundation faces annual equipment needs of $1.75 million on average which includes vital pieces of medical technology for nearly every department at the hospital. The Women’s Golf Classic has played an integral role in meeting those goals. The Women’s Golf Classic would not be possible without the ongoing support of sponsors such as our COURSE SPONSORS Red Sands Golf Club and our many hole and prize sponsors.  

Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots Rides Again

Frequently Asked Questions: For anyone attending Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots (Saturday, September 9, 2017). Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions about the event: 1. 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. 2. Buffet lines open at 6pm. Buffet includes: Lobster & Steak, 4 salads, a roll, chowder, and dessert. 3. The ice is in! Don’t worry, it’s covered. But, you may want to consider bringing a sweater and closed toe shoes. 4. Auction items can be paid for on site by credit card and cash or in our office at a later date (32 items this year!) 5. Bar and Water Stations are cash only 6. All funds raised support the purchase of medical equipment for the PCH!   The Prince County Hospital Foundation is thrilled to announce that the Ninth Annual Grass Roots and Cowboy Boots will take place September 9th at Credit Union Place in Summerside. Once again it will be presented by Summerside Chrysler Dodge and organized by Warren Ellis and family in conjunction with the PCH Foundation. This event supports the medical equipment … View full news story.

A Successful Operation

Shaugn Best of Hot 105.5, second from left, and Ocean 100’s Gerard Murphy, second from right, join the PCH Foundation’s Managing Director Heather Matheson, right, andFinance Manager Lisa Schurman-Smith at the tail end of Operation Spare Change on Wednesday. Over the past month businesses from all over Summerside and beyond have been gathering spare change at their locations and the change will be brought to PCH on Wednesday to be combined for one great gift to provide medical equipment here at the hospital The Foundation would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the sponsors, the local businesses who participated, Hot 105.5 and Ocean 100 for coordinating and promoting the event and of course all of the wonderful donors who spared their change to make a change over the past 4 weeks. This has been a fantastic fundraiser and a wonderful way to tell people all about the good work that happens at Prince County Hospital every day.  This year, the PCH Foundation needs to raise $2.5 million for medical equipment at PCH, $1.4 million of which is for a refitting of the three Operating Rooms. Donations can be made here at or by calling (902) … View full news story.
A Successful Operation

Refitting the ORs

“It is unimaginable to think what our story would be if these services were not available at the PCH.” That is the sentiment Lori Pomeroy expressed when she discussed the life saving surgery her son Campbell received at the Prince County Hospital two years ago. He was rushed to the Emergency Department at the PCH with what the family thought were flu-like symptoms that were persisting for days. However, Campbell’s body was quickly “shutting down” and he required emergency surgery.  While in surgery, it was discovered that his bowel had twisted and ruptured and he was septic. It was determined he had Meckel’s Diverticulum and consequently he had 60cm of his small intestine removed that day.  “It was a very intense situation and doctors told us ideally he would be airlifted to IWK,” says Lori. “However, he was not stable enough to be transported.  He did not have time.  So, without the teams in Emergency services, the Operating Room, and the equipment used that day at the PCH, our son would not have made it. We are forever grateful that we can share this miraculous story.” This surgery and many others have been possible because of the team in Surgical … View full news story.

Zone 3 Lions Clubs Bet on PCH

  The five Lions Clubs in Zone 3 recently got together to support the ongoing medical equipment needs of the Prince County Hospital. The clubs from Malpeque Bay, Kensington, Hunter River, Cymbria and North Rustico held a casino night where their volunteer members ran table games for a good cause. The proceeds of $1,700 were presented to Heather Matheson, right, PCH Foundation Managing Director. Lions on hand included Gary Moon, second left, treasurer for the Cymbria Lions Club, Beverly Frizzell, second right, President of the Hunter River Lions Club, and Beverley Semple Secretary Treasurer from the Kensington Lions Club.
Zone 3 Lions Clubs Bet on PCH

2016 Vital Signs Goal Surpassed!

“Thanks to the successes of 2016 and our many loyal supporters, the Prince County Hospital Foundation has exceeded its goal of $887,800 and has been able to assist the hospital to purchase all of their greatest needs from the 2016 Vital Signs Equipment Campaign,” says Foundation Managing Director, Heather Matheson. “In our efforts to ensure this hospital is vibrant and viable for many years to come, we are incredibly fortunate to have the continued support of so many generous donors. It is their donations that keep PCH fully equipped in every department.” Whether it was a Hemodialysis Machine ($25,000), a Portable Fluoroscopy Unit ($250,000) for Diagnostic Imaging or a Vital Signs Machine ($5,000) needed in Medical/Palliative Care; each piece plays a vital role in caring for thousands of patients from all over PEI each year.  “As a major acute care hospital on PEI, it is of the utmost importance that we continue to improve and replace the medical equipment at PCH. These items are not here for a rainy day- they are saving lives each and every day,” continued Matheson. “…and none of that is possible without our donors.” Included in the greatest needs list to be purchased from 2016 … View full news story.
2016 Vital Signs Goal Surpassed!

Lights for Life 2016 Results

December 7th, the skies lit up over the Prince County Hospital for the 22nd year. Lights for Life gathered a crowd of hundreds in front of PCH to watch the lighting ceremony, remember loved ones and honour those still with us. This annual Prince County Hospital Foundation fundraiser has raised over $3.2 million since it began in 1995; this year reaching $220,170. Throughout the month of November Lights for Life gifts are made to the PCH Foundation in memory and in honour of loved ones. Every gift has a dedication in honour or in memory of someone special and those dedications are gathered in a book that is handed out at the event. The gifts are represented by lights and displays placed on the outside of the hospital and on one special night each year, the lights are brought to life and will continue to be lit each night until December 31st. Every dollar raised supports the purchase of medical equipment at PCH. This brings the PCH Foundation closer to our goal of $887,800.00 for 2016. Gifts are accepted for Lights for Life until December 31st. Donations can be made at, by calling (902) 432-2547 or visiting the PCH … View full news story.

Lights for Life Event Notes

  On Wednesday evening December 7th at 6:30PM, all are invited to attend the 22nd annual Lights for Life ceremony at Prince County Hospital. Throughout the month of November, donations were accepted in honour and in memory of loved ones and those dedications were entered into a commemorative book that will be released at the event – free of charge. “So far we’ve received an incredible 2128 gifts to Lights for Life this year. After so many years, it never ceases to amaze us how much the community loves this event and this hospital,” remarked Managing Director Heather Matheson. Returning to the lighting display this year are the Grand Arch, the Snowflakes, the Toy Train, and the Nutcrackers, amongst many others.   As always, the centerpiece of the display will be the Celebration Tree which has been refitted for 2016.  The Credit Unions of Prince County are once again the presenting sponsors. Since 1995, Lights for Life has raised over $3 million to support new medical equipment.  Gifts to Lights for Life can still be made until December 31st by calling the Foundation office at (902) 432-2547, donating securely online at, or you can visit the Foundation office in the … View full news story.