Foundation benefits from local public works trade show

ROAD WORK- A public works trade show in Belleville earlier this year has netted funds for five hospitals in southeastern Ontario. On Thursday, District 8 of the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors presented the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation with a cheque for $5,000. Pictured here from left, Fran Donaldson, director on the PECMH Foundation Board, Cheryl Minaker, RN and team leader in the PECMH Emergency Department, Barbara McConnell, vice chair of the Foundation, Leon Quaiff, retired roads supervisor with PE County, Mike Fraser, equipment supervisor for the County of Prince Edward, Sharon Green with the City of Belleville Road Patrol, Ron Vankoughnet, public works supervisor for Greater Napanee, Joe Reid, President of AORS and with the roads department with the City of Belleville, Pat Heffernan, Operations Supervisor for the County of Prince Edward, Shannon Coull, executive director for the PECMH Foundation, Preston Parkinson, Director of Operations for the County of Prince Edward and John Farrell, roads supervisor for Tyendinaga Township. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

All roads lead to a healthy Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital.

It was smooth driving with no bumps along the road for the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation Thursday as the organization was the grateful recipient of a $5,000 gift from the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors (AORS) District 8.

The funds were raised at the recent Ontario Road Supervisors Trade Show in Belleville this past June.

As a first-time host  District 8 raised $35,000 to be split equally between hospitals in Trenton, Belleville, Picton, Napanee, Kingston, Brockville and Smiths Falls which encompasses the the local AORS catchment area.

The Association, together with a participating district, hosts a, annual municipal public works trade show each year and the event is the largest of its kind in province with nearly  300 exhibitors of public works products, services and equipment.  The event typically draws over 2,000 participants.

The Foundation will be using this donation to help offset the purchase of two portable ventilators in use in the Emergency Department at PECM Hospital.

These ventilators provide life support for transporting critically ill patients from one hospital to another and breathes for these patients who are unable to breathe for themselves.

This machine is also able to provide oxygen under pressure with a mask similar to a machine used for treating sleep apnea and the cost of a pair of ventilators is $31,902.

Earlier this year, the Teeing Up Fore Health Care golf classic hosted by RE/MAX Quinte raised $27,500 for this vital piece of equipment and the foundation was pleased to announce the timely added boost from the AORS – District 8 will cover the balance of the outstanding cost of the much needed medical hardware.

“The Foundation raises money in our community for the purchase of priority medical equipment needed for patient care at PECMH.  Each year, our County hospital staff manage more than 20,000 visits to our Emergency Department alone! The Foundation’s goal is to build partnerships in the region with businesses and others who will work with us to meet the needs of our fundraising endeavours to bring state-of-the-art equipment to our hospital,” said Shannon Coull, executive director of the Foundation. “The Foundation is really about you, the donors. Our job is to raise the needed funds so when we have need the hospital, the care providers are best equipped to meet those needs. The Foundation plays a critical role in providing funding for essential, specialized equipment. Your dollars go a long way towards improving care for residents in our community who need treatment, close to home. New donors, like the AORS are always welcome and there are numerous ways to be involved. Every donation, no matter the size, makes a difference in the care you and your family receive.”


-Jason Parks, Staff