January 12th, 2018 by

Festival of Trees nets $40,000 for PECMHF

On hand to present the gift to the Foundation were Auxiliary volunteers from left at back, Art Hewer, vice president of the Auxiliary, Sue Law, Foundation board member, Penny Rolinski, executive director of the Foundation, Bev Thompson, FOT committee member and Jack Starkey, chairperson for the Festival of Trees. From left at front, Fran Donaldson, vice chair of the Foundation and Cathy Starkey with the Festival of Trees committee. (Photo: Briar Boyce / PECMHF)

The funding campaign for the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation has taken a big boost, with a significant donation from the 2017 Festival of Trees fundraiser.

The Festival of Trees event brought in $40,000, with the PECMHF Auxiliary topping that off with an additional $10,000, for a $50,000 total.

Jack Starkey, chairperson for the Festival of Trees says their goal is quite simple.

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Penny Rolinski, executive director of the Foundation says they are quite close to wrapping up their Picture of Health campaign.

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The money will be used to purchase an Endo Works picture archive system, which captures, stores and shares images of specific parts of the body, taken during screening procedures, which has a total cost of just under $102,000.

The new equipment will allow the Picton hospital, which houses Quinte Health Care’s low-risk endoscopy centre, to screen more than 3,000 patients each year, with more accurate results.