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QEH Foundation launches the QEH Big Day of Giving

QEH Foundation launches the QEH Big Day of Giving

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation is excited to launch its QEH Big Day of Giving – 24 hours to have a BIG impact on health care at our Island’s largest hospital. Happening on 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.

“It will be a day like no other,” says Patsy MacLean, Chair of the QEH Foundation Board of Directors. “We know that Islanders come together to take care of each other and right now, several departments need us to do just that. When many donations come together – BIG things happen.”

MacLean says the QEH Big Day of Giving will be a busy one. The QEH Foundation will be sharing heartfelt messages from staff, patients, and donors throughout the day on social media and the official media partners, Ocean 100 and HOT 105.5, will be broadcasting live from the QEH from 6 AM to 6 PM. Big Day ambassadors from the QEH Foundation 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.

Donations made toward the QEH Big Day of Giving will support several provincial specialty areas of the hospital including orthopedic surgery. Dr. Cai Wadden says approximately 2,500 orthopedic surgeries are performed each year at the QEH and the department will benefit greatly from new equipment.

“Having this new state-of-the-art equipment will keep the QEH on par with other provinces and ensure that we’re providing the highest level of care we can for Islanders while allowing them to stay here for their treatments,” says Dr. Wadden. “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.”

A number of medical equipment pieces are also needed in Physical Medicine, Nursing Education, and the Provincial Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

To donate to the QEH Big Day of Giving visit 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.

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For more information, contact:

Kathleen Murphy

Director, Communications

QEH Foundation

902-894-2656