A Gray Matter

PCH Foundation Treasurer Wayne Carew, left, and PCH Foundation President Sandy Rundle, second left, accept a $100,000 donation from the Gray Family Foundation represented by Darren Gray, right, Cory Gray, centre and father Wayne Gray. Late last year, the Gray family decided to sell their Vogue Optical locations, leaving with two generations of great memories and lasting customer relationships. Now that the Grays have moved on, they want to give back to those who have helped them so much. “We hope that this donation can truly make a difference in our communities through the PCH Foundation,” says Cory Gray. “The hospitals are something we all rely on at some point in our lives. We need to make sure we are there for them when they need help, so that they will be there for our families and friends in their times of need.” Having spent so many years in the eyecare field and given eyecare’s close association to the healthcare, they felt it only natural to thank PEI through gifts to healthcare initiatives. “For many years people from all over PEI were great supporters for Vogue Optical. We wanted to find a fitting way to thank our many customers from … View full news story.
A Gray Matter

A Matter of Life and Death: Vital Signs Appeal 2015

“Having a new CT Scan at Prince County Hospital is a matter of life and death.” That is the message that Gerard McCardle wants to pass along to the people of Prince Edward Island. “People need to know this should be a number one priority for all island residents.” This year the PCH Foundation must raise over $2.27 million for equipment including a new CT Scan machine valued at $1 million on its own. CT stands for Computed Tomography, commonly known as a CAT Scan. Gerard knows first hand the importance of having a fully operational CT Scan at Prince County Hospital (PCH). It has twice saved his life from rare medical abnormalities. While attending a meeting in 2007, Gerard was overcome with intense abdominal pain. He was rushed to PCH where, based on the information available, he was diagnosed and treated for a kidney stone. The pain subsided and all seemed fine. The pain returned that fall and Gerard was again admitted to PCH. It no longer seemed to be kidney stones, but there was no doubt of his pain. The location and intensity of the pain was perplexing as nothing showed on X-rays or blood tests. It wasn’t … View full news story.

My Personal Care Hospital Gordon MacFarlane

On an ordinary day last winter, Gordon MacFarlane was in Pownal at a hockey tournament with his son, Matt. Before lunch he began to feel an all too familiar nausea, followed by intense pain. Leaving his son with another parent he began to make his way to Prince County Hospital (PCH). He called his mother in Stanley Bridge, saying he didn’t think he could make it home and would come there. He coasted into his mother’s driveway where she would find him slumped over the wheel of his car. She called an ambulance and he was rushed to PCH.   Over the years, Gordon has had numerous surgeries as a result of the ulcerative colitis he’s had since age 15. The condition is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers and led to the removal of Gordon’s lower intestine over the course of two operations in 2003 and 2007 and replaced by stretching and expanding his small intestine. Those surgeries, coupled with a liver transplant performed in 2005, means that Gordon has significant scar tissue in his abdomen, strands of which occasionally attach to his small intestine, kinking it. The liver transplant has also meant a number of … View full news story.
My Personal Care Hospital Gordon MacFarlane

2014 Equipment Appeal A Success

After a year of dedicated efforts by many volunteers and staff, hundreds of donors and supporters, the Prince County Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that they reached their $1,250,453 goal in 2014. “This is a proud moment for us, for our donors and everyone involved in the campaign,” says Heather Matheson, Foundation managing director. “We couldn’t have done it without the commitment of a great many people. We thank all the donors and the volunteers who generously supported the ongoing needs of the Prince County Hospital and the patients it serves. It’s amazing what people can do when they come together with a shared goal.” Many factors contributed to the success of the Foundation in 2014, including the growth of its two largest fundraisers, Lights for Life and Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots.  Grass Roots & Cowboy Boots, a lobster dinner with entertainment and a live auction, not only raised over $265,000 in cash donations for 2014, but also brought promises of some very large multi-year commitments from both the provincial government and ADL. Lights for Life also had a record year raising over $213,000 in its twentieth year. Matheson continued, “Memorial donations, special events, and … View full news story.
2014 Equipment Appeal A Success

Seventh Annual PCH Foundation Women’s Golf Classic

The seventh annual Prince County Hospital Foundation Women’s Golf Classic will take place on September 19th and will once again be hosted at sponsor course Red Sands in Clinton, PEI.  Red Sands has hosted the event each year and continues to be an integral part of the event’s success.  Darrell Doucette, Red Sands Events and Membership Coordinator, is shown making final preparations for Friday’s tee off.  This year the event will support the purchase of bili-lights and bili-blankets, essential equipment for the treatment of newborns with jaundice at the Prince County Hospital.   For more information about this event please contact the PCH Foundation office at or 432-2547.
Seventh Annual PCH Foundation Women’s Golf Classic

10K Run for PCH Aug. 30

The 14th annual Friendship Run, organized by Dr. Michael Irvine, left, is a fundraising event for the Prince County Hospital Foundation’s Equipment Fund.  Dr. Irvine is joined by PCH Foundation staff member, Kelly Arsenault, right.  The run is scheduled for Saturday, August 30th and will start at the Wilmot Community Centre in Summerside at 9:00am. Registration is slated for 8:00am, and no pre-registration is required. The entry fee is $20 and covers registration and chip-timing by R2R that produces more accurate results and will decrease potential human error.   The 10km route will take runners through a scenic loop in Summerside, including forested sections of the Rotary Friendship Park, and a part of the Confederation Trail.  Summerside Source for Sports is the race sponsor. There will be free t-shirts for the first 100 runners. New running shoes will be presented to the top male and female finishers, there will be awards for various age groups and there will be refreshments at the finish line.

First Time Donor’s Super Credit

For anyone new donors or those interested in becoming a firs tie donor, this may be of great interest.  This program that came into effect in 2013 offers additional tax credits to first time donors.  Here’s how it works: The FDSC offers an additional 25% tax credit on monetary donations up to $1,000 for eligible first-time donors. Who is eligible? If neither you nor your spouse or common-law partner has claimed the Charitable Donation Tax Credit in the past five years, you are eligible to claim the FDSC. Which donations are eligible? Monetary donations made after March 20, 2013 qualify for the FDSC. When can the FDSC be claimed? The FDSC can be claimed once between the 2013 and 2017 tax years. How can I earn over $500 in tax credits? For an eligible First-Time Donor’s monetary donation of $1,000, the following tax credits apply: First $200 of charitable donations claimed $200 x 15% = $30 Charitable donations claimed in excess of $200 $800 x 29% = $232 First-Time Donor’s Super Credit $1,000 x 25% = $250 Total FDSC and CDTC = $512   For more information check out:   You may also find this article informative: … View full news story.

Vital Signs Appeal 2014

Personal Care…Close to Home is the theme for this year’s Vital Signs appeal for the Prince County Hospital Foundation.  The areas of greatest need at the Prince County Hospital (PCH) vary but each has one thing in common – they are essential to providing the quality health care that Islanders need.  Many pieces of equipment that were purchased when the “new” PCH opened ten years ago are now in need of replacement or have already been replaced.  In order to address the need for new technology and to keep pace with industry standards, the revitalization of the Diagnostic Imaging Unit (DI) at PCH began in 2013.  Earlier this year, thanks to community donations in 2013, the unit was able to create a dual purpose room outfitted with a new portable x-ray unit, as well as a new fluoroscopy machine at cost of $770,000.  This year, in order to provide the best care for patients, $1,250,453 is needed to equip the Prince County Hospital. This large goal again includes great needs in DI like the three ultrasound machines that were urgently needed and have been replaced at a cost of $510,000.  “Most people would recognize this technology for its use during … View full news story.

Dusty Roads Concert April 3rd

A concert featuring Dusty Roads will take place at the Linkletter Community Centre on April 3rd at 7pm. Tickets are $8 at the door or call Marnie Noye at 436-8833.  We also have a limited number of tickets in the PCH Foundation office.  About Dusty Roads Dusty Roads had its beginning as the house band at the Sun-n-Shade Campground (now Borden-Carleton KOA) with Harold and Marnie Noye and Brent Biggar. With increasing requests to entertain outside this venue, the group adopted the name “Dusty Roads” which is the title track from Harold’s most recent CD. Recently, Leah Noye, front, joined the group as keyboard player. With Harold, centre, on mandolin and guitar, Marnie, right, on stand-up bass, Brent, left, on guitar, and all four sharing vocals, they are ready to entertain you on Thursday, April 3rd at 7:00pm.

Volunteer Award Voting

Amazing PCH Emergency Department volunteer and recent Lights for Life honourary chairperson Jim Lockhart is up for an award! read more and vote at this link.

2013 Campaign A Success

The year 2013 offered some of the greatest challenges and greatest successes since the Prince County Hospital Foundation opened its doors in 1993.  The Foundation’s 20th year brought with it their largest single year campaign goal of $1,308,345.  “We are incredibly pleased to say, that we surpassed our goal in 2013,” says Heather Matheson, Managing Director at the PCH Foundation.   “We are truly amazed by the continued generosity of our caring communities.” “Exceeding our goal is a significant milestone made possible by the extraordinary generosity of Foundation supporters, who have demonstrated their commitment to the PCH and its longstanding mission of “Getting Better…Together.” said Matheson. “More important than that extraordinarily large dollar amount is the impact that these funds will have—on the lives of our friends, family and neighbours who use the hospital each day. The donations made to all of our initiatives ensure a bright future at the PCH. The entire Foundation community is deeply grateful to each and every one of our donors.  The success of this fundraising campaign is a testimony to the extraordinary generosity of extraordinary people, community groups, service clubs, as well as small and large businesses.” PCH Foundation Board and Staff, work in … View full news story.

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Due to inclement weather, the Board/Volunteer Christmas party scheduled for December 16th at the Summerside Golf and Country Club has been cancelled.

Lights for Life Results

Each November for the past 19 years the Prince County Hospital Foundation has sent a mailing to its donors in hopes that they will be able to help others while remembering and honouring those they love.  And each December, the Foundation is astounded at the results of Lights for Life.  What began as a humble lighting ceremony in 1995 has grown to an event that kicks off the Christmas season in our County.  And the $30,000 raised in year one has grown to over $208,000 raised in 2013 alone.  Once again, it was the largest Lights for Life ever.  “The Foundation can only hope for such a wonderful response again in 2014 when we celebrate 20 years of ‘Remembering Someone You Love,” remarked Heather Matheson, PCH Foundation’s Managing Director. The Foundation could not hold Lights for Life without the continued support of the Prince County Hospital administration and staff, many volunteers, and of course the ever important sponsors.  The Foundation would like to thank the following sponsors for making Lights for Life such a success this year: Presenting Sponsors – the Credit Unions of Prince County (Consolidated, Évangéline-Central, Malpeque Bay, and Tignish); Gold Sponsors – MBS Radio (Q93, SPUD 102, … View full news story.


TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!  Lights for LIfe will begin at PCH at 6:30PM.   There will be limited disability parking on site, but all others please park at the Superstore and Walmart.  Summerside Chrysler Dodge is providing shuttle vans for those who require them.  This service will be available between 5:45 and 6:15 PM.  They will return guests after the ceremony. There is no public parking on site other than staff, patients, event volunteers, and patient visitors. The MacEwen Rd entrance will otherwise be closed to general traffic  as directed by volunteers from the Summerside Lions Club and the Atlantic Police Academy Sheriff and Public Safety Officer students. LIMITED PARKING  Starting at 5:30PM, 50 parking spaces will be provided for the elderly and people with disabilities in the public parking lot. Vehicles must display valid disability parking tag or have occupants who are clearly elderly.  

Lights for Life Event Info

The skies will light up over Prince County Hospital THURSDAY night, December 5th, 2013. The 19th Lights for Life ceremony takes place at 6:30 p.m. with its annual holiday light ceremony.  Each year light displays are dedicated in memory of a loved one, with all proceeds from the donations going toward equipment for the hospital.  The lighting ceremony is choreographed to music and is preceded by a performance from the PCH staff choir, along with hot chocolate, cider and cookies for spectators.  Parking is available at Wal-Mart and Superstore, while handicap spaces near the hospital will be made available beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Presented by the Credit Unions of Prince County, Lights for Life has raised over $2.2 Million for the hospital foundation since its inception.  Gifts can be made at the PCH Foundation office in the hospital, online at or by calling 432-2547.  Photos from previous events ca be found at

Eastlink Advertising Hears Silver Bells

Returning as Silver Sponsor for Lights for Life, EastLink Advertising provides much needed awareness for Lights for Life.  Through the donation of a television ad running on the Island TV Guide channel we are able to reach the entire province with our message “Remember Someone You Love.”  We are very thankful that EastLink is able to help Lights for Life now and in past years.  Their gift ensures that Lights for Life can offset costs and thereby ensure that 100% of the gifts the public makes in memory and honour of loved ones goes directly to the purchase of priority medical equipment.   Lights for Life Honourary Chair Jim Lockhart is joined by Bob MacLean of Eastlink Advertising

A Mutual Friend

Blair Campbell, left, Corporate Secretary with PEI Mutual Insurance Company delivers a gift to Lights for Life honourary chair Jim Lockhart.    We are very thankful that the PEI Mutual Insurance Company is able to help Lights for Life as a Gold Sponsor now and in past years.  Their gift ensures that Lights for Life can offset costs and thereby ensure that 100% of the gifts the public makes in memory and honour of loved ones goes directly to the purchase of priority medical equipment

Park Hill Place Goes for Gold

We are thrilled to announce that Park Hill Place has one again joined Lights for Life as a Gold Sponsor.  We are very thankful that the Park Hill Place is able to help Lights for Life this year.  Their gift ensures that Lights for Life can offset costs and thereby ensure that 100% of the gifts the public makes in memory and honour of loved ones goes directly to the purchase of priority medical equipment.   Pictured: Jim Lockhart, honourary Lights for Life Chair and Tanyia Kingyens, Park Hill Place owner.

Lights for Life on the radio!

Returning as Gold Sponsors for Lights for Life, these MBS radio stations provide much needed awareness for Lights for Life.  Through the donation of radio ads running through the month of November and on air “chats” we are able to reach the entire province with our message “Remember Someone You Love.”  We are very thankful that the MBS radio stations are able to help Lights for Life now and in past years.  Their gift ensures that Lights for Life can offset costs and thereby ensure that 100% of the gifts the public makes in memory and honour of loved ones goes directly to the purchase of priority medical equipment  Thanks to Q93, CFCY and Spud 102 FM!   Pictured: Corey Jeffery, left, of MBS Radio and Lights for Life Honourary Chair Jim Lockhart