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QEH Foundation honours donors during annual Fall Friendship Dinner – October 5, 2017

CHARLOTTETOWN –The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation recently hosted a Fall Friendship Dinner at the QEH with over 150 loyal donors in attendance. All attendees had reached a milestone in cumulative giving and were being recognized on the Foundation’s donor wall located in the hospital lobby. These generous donations to the Foundation allow for the purchase of priority medical equipment for the QEH. 

The evening was hosted by QEH Foundation Chair, Bob Sear, who thanked everyone for making a difference in the health care that all Islanders receive here, at home, in P.E.I.  Throughout the evening, several methods of how donors could provide support to their hospital were highlighted, including making donations to the Annual Friends for Life Campaign, the QEH/Eastlink Telethon, QEH Yuletide Gala Auction, Great Day Fore Health Harry MacLauchlan Memorial Golf Tournament, major gifts, special events in the community, monthly donations, payroll deductions, matching gifts, donations of gifts of shares, contributions through memorial giving, gifts of life insurance, and bequests gifts naming the QEH in estate plans. 

Sear highlighted special occasions throughout the year including the momentous gift announcement of $1 million in support of the QEH Same Day Surgery by Cavendish Farms that established an endowed fund to support annual equipment needs. He mentioned the arrival of over $1.5 Million of diagnostic imaging equipment which included the nuclear SPECT/CT camera and a new digital radiographic unit, both of which shortens a patient’s visit while offering improved comfort.

The guest speaker for the evening was Dr. Greg German, QEH’s Medical Microbiologist, who spoke to the attendees about the many advances of medical equipment in laboratory medicine thanks to donors.

“It is because of you that our hospital is able to purchase equipment that has some of the most outstanding advancements in laboratory medicine in the past several years,” says Dr. German. “We have been able to reduce the time it takes for identifying infectious organisms. Previously, if a patient was suspected of having an infection, a bacterial sample would be taken to the lab, grown over as many as 18 hours and then viewed under a microscope for identification. Now, most can be identified in the span of 18 seconds and the physician can introduce the appropriate antibiotic much quicker to the patient and they will get better faster.”

Over 1,600 names are currently displayed on the donor wall, representing an incredible collective accomplishment of giving since the Foundation’s inception in 1984. As donors reach various levels of contributions, their name is added to donor wall. The donor wall is updated annually and this special recognition event acknowledges those individuals, business and groups who are moving on to donor wall for the first time, or whose cumulative giving is moving them to a higher level of recognition.