Harry MacLauchlan Memorial Golf Tournament raises a record $101,247 for the QEH Foundation

June 16, 2022

Kreative Acres was the winning team of the 2022 Harry MacLauchlan ‘Great Day’ Fore Health Memorial Golf Tournament, with a score of 59. Team members stand proudly with the tournament trophy, from left: Chris Linzel-Waddell, Chris McQuillan, Lucas Arsenault, and Thane Hansen.

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation hosted the 19th annual Harry MacLauchlan ‘Great Day’ Fore Health Memorial Golf Tournament, presented by Fair Isle Ford, on June 15, 2022. The sunny skies at Belvedere Golf Club made for a ‘great day’ indeed, as 38 teams teed off in support of medical equipment needs at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The tournament reached a record-high fundraising total following a special donation from the MacLauchlan family. This gift was a true highlight of the day.

The Rotary Club set their sights on achieving $1 million in cumulative fundraising by the tournament’s 20th anniversary in 2023. After raising more than $101,247 this year, the current total is now more than $950,000, putting the event well on its way to reaching this incredible milestone next year.

With this incredible success, proceeds from this event will fully fund the purchase of hip arthroscopy equipment for the QEH, which is currently being borrowed from out-of-province. This surgical equipment allows doctors to view the hip joint and manage acute hip presentations, such as infections, without making a large incision. The cost for the required equipment is approximately $80,000.

This memorial tournament embodies many things that Harry MacLauchlan was passionate about. He was a proud member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, he fervently raised millions of dollars in support of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and his favourite sporting activity was golf. Rotarian and Event Co-Chair, Mike Hennessey, says it is wonderful to see so much support for this event in honour of Harry.

“This tournament is an opportunity to make a difference in Island health care and, at the same time, honour Harry’s incredible legacy.” says Hennessey. “This was an outstanding fundraising year and we’re so grateful to all participants, sponsors, donors and volunteers.”

Event sponsors include Presenting Sponsor Fair Isle Ford; Corporate Sponsors Canadian Tire and Island Petroleum; and Lifeline Sponsors Johnson Insurance, IG Wealth Management, Island Coastal Services, and Qualified Financial Services.

For more information:
Kathleen Murphy
Director, Communications
QEH Foundation
kxmurphy@ihis.org
902-894-2956

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QEH Foundation’s Ultimate Shed Giveaway: Kids Edition

The QEH Foundation Ultimate Shed Giveaway brings together community-minded individuals in PEI’s construction, design, and building supply industry to raise funds for priority medical equipment needs at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The Ultimate Shed Project starts with the build of a backyard garden shed, but with a luxurious twist. The idea is to provide a perfect getaway right in your own backyard. This summer we are back with a brand new concept, the QEH Foundation Ultimate Shed Giveaway: Kids Edition! Proceeds from the sale of Ultimate Shed tickets will help fund the purchase of priority equipment needed in the Pediatric Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  

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QEH Foundation’s Big Day of Giving funds QEH Orthopedic Surgery Needs

May 26, 2022 –

Patsy MacLean, Chair QEH Foundation Board of Directors, and Dr. Cai Wadden, QEH Orthopedic Surgeon, hold a big cheque with the result of the Big Day of Giving held on May 25 – a 24 hour giving event that made a big impact for the QEH.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation’s Big Day of Giving took place on Wednesday, May 25th, and was broadcast live from the QEH raising $606,275, surpassing the funding goal for the purchase of medical equipment for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s orthopedic surgery department.

Patsy MacLean, Chair of the QEH Foundation Board, shares her excitement of the outcome of the QEH Big Day of Giving. “We are so grateful to donors who have responded in a big way to support critical needs for our QEH orthopedic surgery team, NICU, Physical Medicine, and Nursing Education. The equipment needs profiled added up to $566,000 alone, so, we are delighted with this outcome,” says MacLean.

Official media partners, Ocean 100 and HOT 105.5, broadcasted live from the QEH from early morning until the evening and Big Day ambassadors travelled the Island and collected donations from Souris to Montague to Tignish and all points in between. 

A highlight of the day was when the Cymbria Lions Club members brought in a gift of $40,000 soon after NICU specialist, Dr. Beth Ellen Brown was interviewed on the radio. Their gift was to ensure the NICU Cerebral Function Monitoring System could be ordered right away, without delay.  The first of its kind in PEI, this system will allow the NICU team to monitor brain activity to detect abnormalities in critically ill babies suspected of seizure activity.

The QEH Auxiliary donated $50,000 to fund one of two transport ventilators required for the cardio-respiratory department. Transport ventilators are used within the hospital when moving patients but also when transporting intubated patients off island.  An off-island transport can take up to 5 hours one-way and manually bagging a patient for that duration is physically difficult on the respiratory therapist. While a patient is on a transport vent for a transfer off island, they receive precise ventilation and allows for titration of their oxygen requirements. Both ventilators are out of commission, so this urgent and critical need for a minimum of one was fulfilled by the QEH Auxiliary during Big Day.

QEH Foundation volunteers and staff accepted donations through phone calls, online gifts, and gifts through the mail leading up to the day and throughout the day. The QEH Foundation shared heartfelt messages from staff, patients, and donors throughout the day on social media. 

“The pandemic has meant fewer community fundraising events in support of the QEH,” says MacLean. “We are truly grateful to everyone who supported this Big Day of Giving.”

It’s not too late to add your support QEH Big Day of Giving. Please call the QEH Foundation at 902-894-2425 or online at www.QEHBigDay.ca

For more information:
Kathleen Murphy
Director, Communications
QEH Foundation
902-894-2956
kxmurphy@ihis.org

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QEH Big Day of Giving showcases Patient Care

After she had hip surgery in her thirties, Michelle Massiah now enjoys walking on the beach with her husband Spencer and daughters Ivy and Rosa.

May 19, 2022 – The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation is ready for its QEH Big Day of Giving happening this Wednesday, May 25th. This important day will celebrate Islanders coming together to support immediate medical equipment needs at the QEH, totaling more than $650,000. The dedicated team at the QEH provides care 24 hours a day; imagine the impact that can be had in the same amount of time.  

“There are many ways to get involved in this Big Day,” says Patsy MacLean, Chair, QEH Foundation Board of Directors. “The QEH Foundation will be sharing heartfelt messages from staff, patients, and donors throughout the day on social media and Ocean 100 and HOT 105.5 will be broadcasting live from the QEH from 6 AM to 6 PM.”

“The Big Day will profile several grateful patients including 40 year old Michelle Massiah who shares how her recent hip replacement improved her ability to care for her young family,” says MacLean. “We’ll also introduce thirteen year old Abi McCarthy who praises pediatrics staff for helping her return to dance following an autoimmune disease diagnosis.”

Big Day ambassadors will be travelling the Island to collect donations and Foundation staff and volunteers will be prepared to accept phone calls, online gifts, and mail leading up to the day. 

Islanders can show support by visiting the website at www.qehbigday.ca or calling 1-833-335-0545.

Donations made toward the QEH Big Day of Giving will support several provincial specialty areas of the hospital including orthopedic surgery.

Dr. Cai Wadden, orthopedic surgeon, says approximately 2,500 orthopedic surgeries are performed each year at the QEH and the department will benefit greatly from new equipment. “We currently need several pieces of equipment to expand our capabilities in knee and hip surgeries and reduce the physical strain on staff when assembling our trauma operating tables.” There are medical equipment needs throughout the QEH, including pieces in Physical Medicine, Nursing Education, and the Provincial Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

To donate to the QEH Big Day of Giving donate online at www.QEHBigDay.ca, call 902-894-2425, visit the QEH Foundation office, or mail your cheque to QEH Foundation, PO Box 6600, Charlottetown PE C1A 8T5.

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For more information, contact:
Kathleen Murphy
Director, Communications
QEH Foundation
902-894-2956

Orthopedic Surgery Equipment – $471,000

Equipment needed to expand capabilities including a new trauma table base to support the work of orthopedic surgery staff.

Physical Medicine Equipment – $41,226

Equipment needed to support people of all ages in regaining independence and improving their quality of life. 

NICU Cerebral Function Monitoring System – $40,000

A Cerebral Function Monitoring System, the first of its kind in PEI, to monitor brain activity to detect abnormalities in critically ill babies suspected of seizure activity.

Nursing Education – $13,413.

When a medical emergency happens on the unit, everyone needs to be ready and this equipment will increase confidence for nurses caring for patients.

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QEH Foundation launches the QEH Big Day of Giving

May 2, 2022 – The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation is excited to launch its QEH Big Day of Giving – 24 hours to have a BIG impact on health care at our Island’s largest hospital. Happening on Wednesday, May 25th, this important day will celebrate Islanders coming together to support immediate medical equipment needs at the QEH, totaling more than $650,000.

“It will be a day like no other,” says Patsy MacLean, Chair of the QEH Foundation Board of Directors. “We know that Islanders come together to take care of each other and right now, several departments need us to do just that. When many donations come together – BIG things happen.”

MacLean says the QEH Big Day of Giving will be a busy one. The QEH Foundation will be sharing heartfelt messages from staff, patients, and donors throughout the day on social media and the official media partners, Ocean 100 and HOT 105.5, will be broadcasting live from the QEH from 6 AM to 6 PM. Big Day ambassadors from the QEH Foundation will be travelling the Island to collect donations and Foundation staff and volunteers will be prepared to accept phone calls, online gifts, and mail leading up to the day.

Donations made toward the QEH Big Day of Giving will support several provincial specialty areas of the hospital including orthopedic surgery. Dr. Cai Wadden says approximately 2,500 orthopedic surgeries are performed each year at the QEH and the department will benefit greatly from new equipment.

“Having this new state-of-the-art equipment will keep the QEH on par with other provinces and ensure that we’re providing the highest level of care we can for Islanders while allowing them to stay here for their treatments,” says Dr. Wadden. “We currently need several pieces of equipment to expand our capabilities in knee and hip surgeries and reduce the physical strain on staff when assembling our trauma operating tables.”

A number of medical equipment pieces are also needed in Physical Medicine, Nursing Education, and the Provincial Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

To donate to the QEH Big Day of Giving visit www.QEHBigDay.ca, call 902-894-2425, visit the QEH Foundation office, or mail your cheque to QEH Foundation, PO Box 6600, Charlottetown PE C1A 8T5.

For more information, contact:
Kathleen Murphy
Director, Communications
QEH Foundation
902-894-2956

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Donations Fund $1.2 Million Mammography Equipment for the QEH

March 4, 2022

Valerie Docherty, left, Chair for the QEH Foundation’s Annual Friends for Life Campaign, and Dr. Kim Hender, QEH Radiologist, stand by one of the hospital’s current mammography machines that will soon be replaced thanks to an outpouring of donor support.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation is pleased to share that donations to the Annual Friends for Life Campaign have funded two new digital mammography machines for the diagnostic imaging department at the QEH.

Valerie Docherty, Campaign Chair, says she is not surprised that Islanders have come together, once again, to support this cause.

“I would like to thank every donor who responded to the need for mammography equipment and those who continue to donate toward other equipment priorities at our Island’s largest hospital,” says Docherty.  “We look forward to celebrating the arrival of the new machines and sharing stories of many beautiful gifts made in support of mammography equipment, including a generous donation from Mary-Jean Irving/ Master Packaging Inc.”

The state-of-the-art mammography machines will replace the two current models at the QEH that are more than 12 years old. The newer machines have improved technology that will allow radiologists to more easily detect breast cancers. A component of the new machines will allow for tomosynthesis, which will assist with imaging of dense breast tissue and should decrease the number of biopsies that patients are subjected to. 

Gifts made to the Annual Friends for Life Campaign continue to support critical needs for anesthesia, endoscopy, and the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre. The QEH Foundation Board and staff gratefully acknowledge the heartfelt community support that continues to advance health care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  

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For more information:
Kathleen Murphy
Director, Communications
QEH Foundation
kxmurphy@ihis.org

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