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Prince County Hospital foundation raises over $2.3 million for upgrades and lifesaving equipment

Ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Alfredo Campos, right, tests potential new imaging equipment for the Operating Rooms during a recent ear procedure at Prince County Hospital.
Ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Alfredo Campos, right, tests potential new imaging equipment for the Operating Rooms during a recent ear procedure at Prince County Hospital. - Submitted

The funds will be used for upgrades to the hospitals three ORs and other equipment

SUMMERSIDE – The Prince County Hospital Foundation will be able to purchase every item needed from the 2017 Vital Signs appeal, supplying the hospital with crucial lifesaving equipment.

The majority of the donations from 2017 will support the much needed upgrading of the hospitals three operating rooms.

“We spoke a great deal about the needs in surgical services operating rooms last year and for good reason,” said PCH Foundation president Patrick McSweeny.

The non-profit organization and its volunteer board of directors began the campaign with the largest goal in its history. Through a combination of mail appeals, special events, memorial donations, stock donations and corporate gifts, the foundation raised $2,366,868.

“An average 2,200 surgeries are performed at PCH annually on patients from all over P.E.I. and the upgrades needed in the OR made up a considerable amount of the 2017 goal.

Though the project, expected to be completed in the summer of 2018, was the centerpiece of the 2017 campaign, there are many items from nearly every unit at PCH that encompassed the hospital’s greatest needs last year.

Included in that list were seven defibrillators for the emergency department and intensive care unit (valued at $155,083 in total). Used in the event of sudden cardio/respiratory events requiring resuscitation, the new machines are code ready meaning they require less set up than their predecessors.

“This hospital impacts so many lives each and every day. People from across P.E.I. come here for their care or for the care of a family member. These are the people you support when you give to the PCH Foundation; their lives are changed because of your help.

“This was an incredibly challenging, but rewarding year at the PCH Foundation.”

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