PCH Vital Signs campaign shooting for $1.2 million

Colin MacLean
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SUMMERSIDE – Ultrasound machines are among the most widely used diagnostic tools in the Prince County Hospital (PCH) arsenal.

Though most commonly associated with checking on fetuses during pregnancy ultrasounds are also used to visualize muscles, tendons, and internal organs to capture their size, structure and any potential lesions, in real time.

This year, three of the PCH’s ultrasound machines were in need replacement, having reached the end of their lifespan.

To help cover that cost, The Prince County Hospital Foundation is putting out a call through its Vital Signs Appeal.

This year the foundation is aiming to raise $1,250,453 to cover the cost of these ultrasound machines ($510,000) and various other pieces of equipment in need of replacement.

Equipment like new bili lights and bili blankets to treat infants with jaundice ($18,800), two hemodialysis machines for the dialysis unit ($46,000), and replacement beds and mattresses in nursing care ($20,000).

“When we are talking about saving lives at PCH, every dollar counts,” said  Gordon Coffin, PCH Foundation president. 

“We hope to count on our caring communities again this year as we strive to reach our goal.  It is their generosity that will ensure a healthy future for the families, friends and neighbours from across our province that rely on PCH everyday.”

Last year’s Vital Signs campaign raised more than $770,000 which, among other things, helped equip a new x-ray unit and purchase a fluoroscopy machine.

Donor packages for this year’s campaign will be mailed to residents in the near future, some may have already gone out. Donours can also give securely online at www.pchcare.com or call by calling 432-2547. 

Colin.MacLean@JournalPioneer.com

@JournalPMacLean

Organizations: Vital Signs, The Prince County Hospital Foundation, PCH Foundation

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