LETTER: Alliances & partnerships made new PECMH happen

As a Director serving on the Quinte Health Care (QHC) Board for the past 3 years, I’ve developed a profound appreciation for the complexities, challenges and competing priorities facing health care leaders. Now, add the complications of traversing a pandemic – health care leadership is not for the faint of heart.

QHC counts on partnerships, the support of the communities we serve and the advocacy efforts of our local leaders to ensure services are available when and where they are needed. Given the demands on the system, we need to continue to work collaboratively to meet the ever-changing health care requirements of our communities. The slow but steady progress toward a new QHC Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital is a shining example of what can be accomplished through alliances.

The QHC board, management, staff, physicians, volunteers, along with the PEC municipal leaders, the Family Health Team, PECMH Foundation representatives, PECMH Auxiliary partners, and the South East LHIN, all working together, has brought us to this point in our journey. All the partners involved know that it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and are committed to the endurance and trust that it takes to accomplish a project of this magnitude. The includes, among others, three mayors of the municipality and three executive directors of the Family Health Team. The residents are so grateful that although the personalities change, the goal remains the same.

I’m extremely proud that all the members of the QHC Board of Directors (even those that don’t live in ‘The County’) have been strong and vocal advocates in making the redevelopment of QHC PECMH the number one capital priority of the organization. This underlined to our partners, our community and the Ministry, the organization’s commitment to this essential project to meet the health care needs of the residents of PEC today and into the future.

I hope that anyone who continued to question if this new hospital would ever come to fruition, was comforted by the recent announcement made by Bay of Quinte Member of Provincial Parliament Todd Smith giving us the approval to keep moving ahead. The announcement was made on the future site of the new hospital. When the day comes that shovels are in the ground, I hope we can all take a moment to reflect on the journey we’ve taken on the long and winding road to get to a new QHC Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital. For me, it will be a remarkable celebration of what can be achieved through collaboration and unity.

Peggy Payne

Prince Edward County