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QEH Foundation Launches 2018-19 Annual Friends for Life Campaign – November 8, 2018

CHARLOTTETOWN – The QEH Foundation launched its 2018-19 Annual Friends for Life campaign today, with the introduction of campaign Chair, Julie Hambly, grateful patient Rhonda Lewis, campaign cabinet and canvassers, as well as gift presentations from Évangéline-Central Credit Union, the QEH Auxiliary, and QEH physicians and staff.

This year’s campaign will focus on raising funds to support the purchase of a 128-slice CT Scanner and post-processing technology at a cost of $1.5 million. The machine takes 3D cross-sectional images of a patient’s anatomy, allowing health care professionals to accurately identify internal structures and see their shape, size, density and texture. This equipment is used in almost every aspect of medicine, particularly as it relates to stroke care, cancer, and major trauma.

Hambly is following in her parents’ footsteps of helping Islanders by fundraising for the QEH. In the 80s, her father, Wayne Hambly, was Co-Chair of a campaign to bring the first CT Scanner to the province. In 2005 her mother, Wilma, was the QEH Friends for Life campaign Chair when the Foundation raised funds for the CT Scanner we have now. “I am honoured to be a part of this campaign, just as my parents were,” says Hambly. “Our Island community has shown us year after year that the QEH is a giving priority, helping to keep Island families here at home on PEI for their care.”

Photo: CT Scanner in QEH Diagnostic Imaging Department.

To kick-start the campaign, the Évangéline-Central Credit Union presented a gift of $2,000, raised through their iCare program; the QEH Auxiliary presented a donation of $25,000; and, Dr. Rob Kelley, President of the QEH Medical Staff Association, presented a combined gift from staff and physicians, of $68,122, noting that their fundraising efforts are still underway.

Hambly believes the support shown at the launch will inspire all Islanders to join this meaningful campaign. “It is only with the unwavering support of Foundation donors that we achieve success,” says Hambly. “Together we can make a difference in the lives of all Islanders.” Appeal letters are beginning to reach mailboxes across the Island next week offering more information about this year’s campaign and how to contribute.

Grateful patient Rhonda Lewis, a registered nurse from Cable Head, PEI, expressed her gratitude for the QEH. Lewis recently suffered a stroke at the age of 46 and accessed a multitude of services over three and a half months, beginning with a CT Scan at the Emergency Department. “I am forever grateful for the phenomenal team of health care professionals for saving my life and literally getting me back on my feet.” says Lewis.

QEH Chief Administrative Officer, Jamie MacDonald, acknowledged the progress of technology as it relates to health care. “Having access to the most up-to-date equipment and technology is imperative in assisting health care providers care for all Islanders and visitors at the QEH,” says MacDonald. “The purchase of a new CT Scanner will improve patient care through higher diagnoses accuracy and less invasive testing.”

To donate to the QEH Friends for Life Campaign, please call the QEH Foundation office at 902-894-2425, go online to www.qehfoundation.pe.ca 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 continued support of the QEH.

Photo: Grateful patient Rhonda Lewis, RN, left, along with her husband, Chris, and daughter, Delaney, stands with QEH Foundation annual Friends for Life campaign Chair, Julie Hambly, following this year’s campaign launch. Funds raised throughout this campaign will support the purchase of a CT Scanner and post-processing technology at a cost of $1.5 million.