QEH Foundation commits to COVID-19 medical equipment needs for Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

CHARLOTTETOWN – The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation is proud to support our doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, and administrators who are continuing the high level of care at our Island’s main referral hospital. The QEH Foundation is in frequent contact with our healthcare colleagues and learned that in preparation for the fight against COVID-19, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is establishing a secondary intensive care space within the hospital for isolation of patients presenting with COVID-19 and requiring intubation/ventilation.

In order to meet the anticipated need for hemodialysis as a result of the COVID-19 virus, the renal program requires the two (2) reverse osmosis machines. The reverse osmosis (RO) system uses a pump to push water through a filter which removes contaminants. The systems use ultra pure water which enters the hemodialysis machine and is used to mix the dialysate for dialysis treatment. Reverse osmosis machines are portable. These machines will also be used post COVID-19 for ICU dialysis.

QEH Foundation committed to fund the purchase of two reverse osmosis machines at a cost of $35 000. “As the only acute care facility in PEI that provides hemodialysis in intensive care, we could not delay in our commitment to fund the purchase of these machines for QEH,” says Foundation Board Chair, Ed Lawlor. “Besides adhering to the advice of public health officials, this is another way to show we’re behind our doctors, nurses and all healthcare professionals, and all Islanders.”

To make a donation to support the purchase of two reverse osmosis machines for QEH, please go to and click Donate Now. Every dollar has an impact. Any monies raised over and above the $35,000 required will be applied to medical equipment addressing immediate COVID-19 needs at QEH, and other current medical equipment priorities. 

The staff of QEH Foundation are working remotely and conducting business with appropriate precautions, as the mission to raise funds for medical equipment priorities remains. We continue to accept your donations through mail and online and are available to take your call.

QEH Foundation encourages all Islanders to take necessary precautions to remain healthy, and we look forward to resuming normal operations in the near future.

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Tulips for the QEH

The annual “Tulips for the QEH” sale will be held on Thursday, February 27th.  Brighten up your work place and home with some colourful tulips from Vanco Farms.  New this year – all bouquets will be mixed-colour bouquets consisting of 10 tulips, selling for $10 each.

Businesses and individuals are encouraged to pre-order before Thursday, February 20th by calling the Foundation Office at 902-894-2425 or emailing  QEH volunteers will offer free delivery to businesses in the Greater Charlottetown area (including Stratford and Cornwall) with a minimum order of five or more bouquets.  Pre-orders from individuals can be picked up on Feb. 27th, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Foundation Office, located in the QEH Lobby. 

Volunteers will also be selling tulip bouquets in the QEH Lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on February 27th.

Proceeds of this sale will support the purchase of a new CT Simulator for the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre at the QEH. 

Download order form here!


QEH Yuletide Gala Auction supports emergency, dialysis, and cancer care – November 16, 2019

Left to Right: RBC Presenting Sponsor Regional Vice President, Eastern N.B. and P.E.I., Janice McNutt Lanctin, QEH Foundation Board Chair, Ed Lawlor; and Yuletide Gala Auction Prize Co-chairs Nancy Costa and Menna MacIssac.

CHARLOTTETOWN – The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Foundation held its annual Yuletide Gala Auction, raising a record-breaking $277,576 to fund the purchase of priority medical equipment for the QEH.

Over 275 guests attended this signature fundraising event in existence for over 25 years which, thanks to the generosity of Island businesses, organizations, and individuals, featured an extraordinary collection of silent and live auction items for bidding.

RBC returned as Presenting Sponsor for the fifth year. “At RBC, we are delighted once again to support this amazing event for the Island’s major referral hospital,” says Janice McNutt Lanctin, Regional Vice President, Eastern N.B. and P.E.I. “We are truly amazed every year at the generosity of all sponsors, prize donors, and guests who support the QEH.  We are privileged to do our part to help such a great cause.”

Ed Lawlor, QEH Foundation Chair, says this event would not be possible without the tremendous effort and dedication of a team of volunteers, particularly our Sponsorship and Gala Auction Committees who have been instrumental in bringing together our Island community.  

Lawlor adds it is the priority equipment purchased from the gala that impacts our guests the most.

“With the funds this evening, the emergency department will get a new video laryngoscope that will provide faster and less traumatic intubation for patients,” says Lawlor.  “Also dialysis will receive two new hemodialysis machines, providing life-sustaining therapy to patients with end-stage kidney disease. Remaining funds will go to the new CT Simulator for radiation treatment planning for the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre.”

Returning sponsors also included Live Auction Sponsor, Stewart McKelvey; Silent Auction Sponsor, Brighton Construction; Wine Sponsor, Clarke Smith Foundation; and Reception Sponsor, Atlantic Lottery Corporation.

In addition, many new partnerships were forged including Platinum Sponsor, CN National Railway; Venue Sponsor, Delta Prince Edward; Audio Visual Sponsor, Cerner; and Entertainment Sponsor, Reliable Motors. 

CBC’s Matt Rainnie was master of ceremonies for the evening, while Myles Enstrom, provided by Parkdale Sherwood Lions Club, led the live auction.

A highlight of the evening was a $9,700 winning bid for equipment to aid privacy for chemotherapy patients receiving treatment at the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre at the QEH.

The QEH Foundation gratefully acknowledges the heartfelt community effort that went into making this memorable evening a success.



QEH Yuletide Gala Auction supports emergency, dialysis, and cancer care – November 16, 2019

CHARLOTTETOWN – The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Foundation held its annual Yuletide Gala Auction, raising a record-breaking $277,576 to fund the purchase of priority medical equipment for the QEH. Read More


QEH Foundation launches 2019-20 Annual Friends for Life Campaign – November 7, 2019

To kick-off the 2019-20 annual Friends for Life campaign today, Dr. Larry Pan (left), QEH Radiation Oncologist and Head of Radiation Oncology, and Ed Lawlor, QEH Foundation Board Chair, accept a gift of $100,000 from Dorothy Johnston, President of the QEH Auxiliary. 

CHARLOTTETOWN – The QEH Foundation launched its 2019-20 Annual Friends for Life campaign today, with the introduction of grateful patients from across the Island, campaign cabinet and canvassers, as well as a gift presentation from the QEH Auxiliary.

This year’s campaign will focus on raising funds for a piece of equipment that will benefit Islanders from one end of the Island to the other. The most urgent priority identified this year is a new CT Simulator, used for radiation treatment planning in the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre at the QEH at a cost of $1.5 million.

To kick-start the campaign, Dorothy Johnston, President of the QEH Auxiliary, presented their gift of $100,000 toward the campaign.  

A new structure of the 2019-20 campaign cabinet is aligned with the Island-wide approach of the campaign, which has a campaign lead representing each county. “The PEI Cancer Treatment Centre provides specialty cancer care and radiation treatment to all Islanders,” explained Ed Lawlor, QEH Foundation chair. “We wanted our cabinet to reflect that as well.”

Valerie Docherty has been on the Foundation Board since 2018 and will be the Queens County Lead. Having a cancer care journey herself, Docherty finds this role especially meaningful. “I know that without the generosity of donors, I wouldn’t have been able to receive my own care close to home,” says Docherty. Also part of the cabinet this year is Dennis Rix from Alberton, as the Prince County Lead, and former Foundation Board Member, Karen Creighan from Souris, as the Kings County Lead.

QEH Radiation Oncologist and Head of Radiation Oncology, Dr. Larry Pan, noted that it is a phenomenal time to be treating cancer. “Using high precision radiation is like using a surgical knife in a non-invasive manner, it is that precise,” explains Dr. Pan. “We are now treating what was once thought to be the ‘untreatable’.”

Dr. Pan says the present CT Simulator is now past its life expectancy, which was purchased during the QEH Foundation’s Capital Campaign back in 2007-2009. “The new CT Simulator will produce even higher quality images to allow health care professionals to identify the exact location, shape and size of the tumor to be treated – without this equipment and technology, radiation treatment is not possible.”

To donate to the QEH Friends for Life Campaign, please call the QEH Foundation office at 902-894-2425, go online to or mail to the QEH Foundation, PO Box 6600, Charlottetown, PE C1A 8T5.

The QEH Foundation thanks the volunteer campaign cabinet, dedicated canvassers and generous donors for their continuing support of the QEH.