Lung, neonatal and ICU focus of QEH Yuletide Gala Auction

CHARLOTTETOWN – The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation held its annual Yuletide Gala Auction, raising $238,788 to fund the purchase of a bronchial radial probe, MRI compatible ventilator, and an infant warmer for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The signature event, hosted by Kevin and Kathy Murphy of Murphy Hospitality Group, drew a sold-out crowd. In keeping with a 20 year tradition of the event, everything from the meal to the auction items were donated, providing 100% of the revenue to the QEH Foundation.

“Kathy and I are honoured to co-chair this event and we appreciate everyone who works so hard to ensure that this event leaves a lasting impression in support of the QEH,” says Kevin Murphy. “We thank the dedicated committee members, volunteers, sponsors and friends of the gala, as well as our auction prize donors and entertainment; we couldn’t do this without them.”

RBC returned as presenting sponsor for the third year. “At RBC, we are deeply committed to helping our communities prosper,” says Janice McNutt Lanctin, Regional Vice President, Eastern N.B. and P.E.I. “We are thankful for the exceptional care provided at the QEH and that’s why we are proud to support the Gala as Presenting Sponsor.”

Bob Sear, Chair of the QEH Foundation, gratefully accepted the donation. “The Board is very grateful for the extraordinary effort behind this event,” says Sear. “The success of tonight’s signature fundraising event means can commit to the funding of this equipment right away.”

The bronchial radial probe will be used to diagnose and treat lung and gastrointestinal conditions, allowing real-time images on high definition monitors during the procedure. An MRI compatible ventilator will be used primarily in intensive care to allow patients in acute respiratory failure to have an MRI without having to manually ventilate. The QEH currently does not have this advanced technology.

In addition, a new infant warmer, also known as a Baby Buggy, will be used to stabilize temperature and provide oxygen to babies born in the operating room who require transport to neonatal intensive care.

Matt Rainnie emceed the evening, while Myles Enstrom of Green Gavel Auction, sponsored by Parkdale Sherwood Lions Club, led the live auction.

Guests enjoyed live entertainment donated by Copy Cat.

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