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.


For more information, contact:
Kathleen Murphy
Director, Communications
QEH Foundation

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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