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An infant receives phototherapy for jaundice in an isolette at PCH in 2009.
SUMMERSIDE – Prince County Hospital Foundation's goal for its 20th year was its largest single year campaign goal ever. And it surpassed it, with $1,308,345 being donated to the hospital.
“We are truly amazed by the continued generosity of our caring communities," said Heather Matheson, managing director at the foundation.
"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," said Matheson.
Along with the foundation's largest campaign, Lights for Life, volunteers had great success with other fundraisers throughout 2013, the foundation reports.
“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.
Grass Roots and Cowboy Boots — a lobster dinner combined with entertainment and a live auction — saw growth 2013. Through 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.
“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 PCH every day.”
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.