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It’s been a good year for the Prince County Hospital Foundation and for health care in eastern Prince County.

The Foundation announced last week that it had surpassed its most recent fundraising goal. The roughly $1.3 million raised in the group’s 20th year was its largest ever single-year campaign achievement.

A success like that bodes well for the organization, Prince County Hospital, staff at PCH and for users, particularly patients of western P.E.I.’s largest health-care centre.

"We are truly amazed by the continued generosity of our caring communities," said Heather Matheson, the foundation's managing director.

So are we. A success like this says much about a community.

The people and the business community of Western P.E.I. didn’t just work together to meet the goal – we exceeded it.

It’s a spirit of giving that plays well into the Foundation’s mission of 'Getting Better . . . Together.’

Raising $1,308,340 is a great triumph for any community of this size and, as Matheson said, is a testimony to the extraordinary generosity of extraordinary people.

It was truly a community effort, one that included service clubs, small and large businesses and everyday people.

Each year Foundation officials work with volunteers to create events that are attainable and these results show that these folks know what they are doing and deserve a collective pat on the back for their efforts.

A few of the more notable events include Grass Roots and Cowboy Boots, the always popular and successful event at Credit Union Place; and Lights for Life which lights up the community each year with Christmas spirit – that in addition to the boost it provides for health-care equipment.

The common factor in these and all of the other events is the volunteers and the generosity of Summerside and all of Prince County.

Need proof? Grass Roots and Cowboy Boots - a lobster dinner combined with entertainment and a live auction raised more than $222,000. Vector Aerospace and D.P. Murphy Inc. made a huge impact in the campaign, each pledging multi-year donations of $200,000.

Let’s hope that such generosity continues to inspire rather than cause complacency.

Coming by adequate government funding these days can be tough for the health-care sector, making these efforts even more vital.

The Foundation wants to revitalize the hospital's diagnostic imaging department. The department, which houses X-ray, mammography, CT scan, among other services, has aging equipment and is in need of more advanced technology.

And, as part of the 2014 campaign, three aging ultrasound units will be replaced - valued at $510,000 in total - to keep up with technological advances. Also on the horizon is the replacement of the CT scan, currently scheduled for 2015.

These are lofty goals, but as history has proven, we are up to the task.


Organizations: Prince County Hospital, Credit Union Place, Vector Aerospace and D.P. Murphy

Geographic location: Western P.E.I., Summerside

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