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KGH Auxiliary donates $350,000                                                                                  Courtesy Matthew Manor, KHSC Communication

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, one of the operating rooms at the Kingston General Hospital site of the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) was the scene of the unveiling of the new Neuronavigation equipment recently acquired through a donation of $350,000 from the Auxiliary.

Sandra Fletcher, Kingston General Hospital Auxiliary President, seen here with Dr. David Pichora, President and CEO KHSC and Dr. D. J. Cook, Neurosurgeon, represented the members of the Auxiliary at the unveiling which was attended by members of the local media as well as with Executive members of the KHSC. She noted that since 1905 the KGH Auxiliary has made an incredible difference to the hospital and how it continues to deliver the highest quality of patient care. The impact of the time and fundraising efforts of its members and volunteers is substantial and exceptional. The annual donation of close to $500,000 each year to the hospital goes towards supporting patients and families from across the S.E. LHIN which covers the area from Trenton to Brockville.

The Auxiliary was able to raise these funds through the operation of its Café, Gift Shop, Tuck Shop, HELPP tickets and lottery booth as well as other fundraising activities such as the annual Christmas Bazaar and the Teddy Bear Campaign.

Each year the Auxiliary Finance Committee takes a look at the list of equipment and technology the hospital is looking to purchase and tries to pick out items that will have the biggest impact on the patient’s overall hospital experience. This year it was decided to go big and purchase this new system to support patients who need brain or spine operations. This technology is already benefitting patients by ensuring their surgical teams have access to the most state-of-the-art equipment as they complete these very delicate surgical procedures. It also means the hospital can treat patients locally closer to family and friends.


In December 2016, a cheque in the amount of $50,000 was presented by the PECMH Auxiliary to the Hospital Foundation as part of our community's contribution to a newly refurbished MRI machine.  Local wait times for an MRI in the Quinte region rank as some of  the fastest in the province.  With a refurbished machine in place, Prince Edward County, residents will have access to timely and excellent quality diagnostic imaging.

The numbers are in! In 2016,  Prince Edward County Auxiliary volunteers gave 26,106 hours of their time to our various  fundraising pecmh1 endeavours.  A Herculean effort that translates into  modern medical equipment for our hospital along with scholarships and support for other health initiatives in the County. 26,106 hours translates into 14 people working full time throughout the  year.

As I'm sure many people know, a large part is played in small towns by people who put in hours of unpaid time working in various organizations as Volunteer help.  Without these good people many organizations would cease to exist. 

Keeping track of our Volunteer hours is a very important part of the Auxiliary organization and a large thank you goes to our statistical genius Janet Chandler for her work in this area.

This past year the PECMH Auxiliary held a very successful Volunteer Drive in September. By late February 2017, we welcomed 21 new people into our organization.  These community minded men and women are now working in one or more of our services.
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The Festival of Trees was a very rewarding and delightful Auxiliary Fundraiser again this past November, with a record net of $35,485.00  To quote Liz Jones, President of the PECMH Auxiliary, “a huge thank you goes out to Jack and Cathy Starkey and all the many volunteers who make the Festival   of Trees such a success!  The event brings the entire community together as companies and individuals donate generously, attend and spend!”

To each and every one of the PECMH Auxiliary Volunteers a very big “thank you” for the tremendous effort they have made.~ Submitted by Elizabeth Smellie,  Director of Communications PECMH Auxiliary

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We keep receiving and giving at the Hospital Auxiliary of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Elliot Lake!  For a community which has a majority of fixed income families there is an abundance of charitable donations which is truly gratifying.  We have exceptionally dedicated members who have been able to fundraise a generous amount to purchase vital equipment, i.e., a delivery room NICC, two defibrillator solutions and four vital sign monitor solutions.  This May the proceeds of our annual Tag Day will be dedicated to an electrotherapy ultrasound for the physiotherapy department.  Our hearts beat faster when we can provide.

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                                       (Margery Sawyer (right) with her serving crew)

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To be able to give, we have had a few fundraising activities this winter in addition to our regular Gift Shop.  In Elliot Lake, we love to eat!  To that end, we have had two wonderful dinners – a filling spaghetti feast in January followed by a fantastic “Taste of Italy” dinner the next month.  Margery Sawyer, our event convener, in conjunction with our Auxiliary volunteers plus the talented Hospital dietary staff satisfies everyone’s taste buds. These dinners are always sold out in a few days.
  
In addition to our Tag Day mentioned above, our group will be having a Potluck Supper in tandem with our membership drive in April. This is a very enjoyable event.  Near the end of our membership year on April 27 as a group we will be celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday celebration with you guessed it – a dinner!   Along with a menu of Canadian created foods we will venture back into the past of both Canada and Elliot Lake.   The local history may be new to many as we have many members who have relocated here in the recent past.

In May, we will select a recipient from each of our two local high schools to receive a bursary from the Auxiliary.   Each student must be entering the medical field at the post-secondary level. It is truly an honour to assist these young people to realize their potential.  Finally we end the year with our Annual General Meeting which wraps up our satisfied goals and we look forward to another successful 2017-18 year.~ Submitted by Lee Buck