The generosity of the community in donating $750,000.00 will fund vital digital mammography and digital ultrasound equipment at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital. This milestone marks the successful completion of the fundraising campaign.
QHC and the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation celebrated this achievement today at an event held at PECMH to officially wrap up the fundraising campaign. The campaign for these two pieces of medical equipment started one year ago, in October 2011.
At the event, Foundation President Larry Matheson thanked the community, "thank you for supporting Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital as a vibrant community hospital. Your donations will ensure Prince Edward County residents have access to state-of-the-art ultrasound tests close-to-home and that breast screening services remain in Picton.
The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary were lead supporters of the campaign, raising one third of the campaign goal. In total, the Auxiliary donated $250,000.00.
"I am blown away by the commitment the Foundation, Auxiliary and community have shown," said QHC President & CEO Mary Clare Egberts. "As the government does not pay for medical equipment, this support is essential."
Digital mammography images are now instantly available and stored electronically, making them accessible to any physician within QHC and the Prince Edward Family Health Team. The new ultrasound equipment means fewer patients need to travel to Belleville for ultrasounds. The new technology provides superior images and because it is much faster, more examinations can be done.
QHC Trenton Memorial will continue to provide the Comprehensive Breast Assessment Centre for the entire region. Women and men who have an abnormal breast screening result in Picton will continue to be referred to QHC Trenton Memorial Hospital for further testing and services.
We are truly blessed living in this generous community which ensures we have a vibrant hospital equipped with the best medical equipment possible.
For more information, contact:
Anna Marie Ferguson
Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation
613-476-1008 ext. 4425