SUMMERSIDE – Prince County Hospital Foundation’s 20th year brought with it their largest single year campaign goal of $1,308,345.
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An infant receives phototherapy for jaundice in an isolette at PCH in 2009.
“We are incredibly pleased to say, that we surpassed our goal in 2013,” said Heather Matheson, managing director at the 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 P.C.H. and its longstanding mission of “Getting Better…Together.” said Matheson. “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.”
The Foundation board and staff, work in conjunction with volunteers daily, who make events and goals attainable. From Grass Roots and Cowboy Boots to Lights for Life, each campaign relies on the input from community volunteers to make it happen.
Grass Roots and Cowboy Boots – a lobster dinner combined with entertainment and a live auction - saw growth 2013. The auction and ticket sales the evening raised over $222,000. Both Vector Aerospace Engine Services Atlantic and D.P. Murphy Inc. made a huge impact in their communities as they each pledged multi-year donations of $200,000.
“There are many facets in a successful campaign. Memorial donations, special events, and mail-out appeals are all vital in providing medical equipment for the Prince County Hospital,” Matheson said. “All of the equipment from the 2013 campaign will be purchased with gifts made by the community. There are no government dollars for such equipment. This steadfast commitment to your hospital and the thousands of patients it serves is vital to the care delivered at the P.C.H. everyday.”
Matheson said last year was the beginning of a three year plan to revitalize the Diagnostic Imaging Department (DI). DI, which houses X-Ray, mammography, CT, among other services, faces aging equipment and the need for more advanced technology. 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.