Donors make world class care possible at your regional hospital.

There’s a saying in healthcare philanthropy that if you look behind the doors of every great hospital, you’ll find the most generous donors.

There’s no mystery as to why that is. In today’s world where government funding covers only a portion of what is required to meet best practices in patient care, hospitals have very little left in their budgets to fund innovation. It’s private donations from donors like you that fund the technology and equipment that advance patient care.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, PRHC is a place of healing, of answers, of lifesaving and life-changing services – a place we will all someday turn to in our hour of need expecting the best possible care. In order to stay on that leading edge of healthcare and continue to bring the best possible care home for our region’s residents, we need your help.

Today, we ask you to invest in the technology that forms the backbone of outstanding care at your regional hospital, by supporting one or a combination of the following priority areas of care:

Ensuring the Future of Cancer Screening, Diagnosis & Treatment - $6.3 million investment over 5 years

There are few things in life as terrifying as hearing, “you have cancer.” Those three little words change everything. One thing is certain, however. Your chances of overcoming this terrible disease increase dramatically when you have timely access to advanced diagnostic tools, and targeted, technologically-advanced treatment options.

PRHC’s ability to provide cancer care excellence goes hand in hand with access to new, urgently needed equipment. PRHC has currently identified $6.2 million in equipment and technology that must be purchased in the next 5 years, and this number may increase as PRHC’s vision for a Centre of Excellence for Cancer Care is finalized.

Equipment Spotlight: SPECT/CT - $2,345,000

The SPECT/CT is a diagnostic imaging “combo” used to identify masses such as tumours. Images taken using radioactive compounds that have been injected, ingested or inhaled by the patient are combined with 360-degree CT images, giving the doctor both the structural information from the CT and the functional information from the SPECT study needed to diagnose, stage and localize lesions/disease.

This investment represents the biggest technological leap forward in Nuclear Medicine in more than a decade.  The new ultrafast SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) cameras with CZT (cadmium-zinc-telluride)-based detectors are faster and produce higher quality images as compared to conventional SPECT cameras. Part of PRHC’s Nuclear Medicine program, this new technology will be used to diagnose and stage cancer conditions and determine how treatments are progressing, replacing a machine that is now 10 years old and nearing the end of its lifespan

"I'm so lucky..." Mother/Grandmother & breast cancer survivor Michelle Thornton shares her story... from PRHC Foundation on Vimeo.

Michelle Thornton knows her outcome could have been much different without the past support of the community. Breast cancer screening saves lives. Make a donation that will help make sure women and men from across our region have access to the very best in breast cancer screening. Call 705-876-5000 or visit

Dramatically Improving Cardiac Care

In Canada, someone has a heart attack every seven minutes. PRHC’s cardiac services are centered in the donor-funded Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. There, specialists not only diagnose coronary artery disease and treat it before it leads to a heart attack; they also provide emergency treatment that can stop a heart attack in its tracks. To ensure that residents of our region continue to have access to outstanding cardiac care right here at PRHC, we need ongoing improvements to technology to provide new options for procedures that can take place at PRHC - procedures which means less travel time and exemplary lifesaving care for patients in our region.

Equipment Spotlight: ECGs - 6 required @$21,500 each ($129,000)

When a heart attack happens, early diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between life and death. ECGs are critical noninvasive diagnostic tools that create a painless visual image of the electrical activity in your heart, and provide immediate diagnostic results that enable PRHC’s cardiologists to determine the best course of treatment quickly. They’re used in many areas of the hospital, from diagnosis of heart attacks, arrhythmias or abnormal heart patterns, to the operating room and emergency department.

PRHC’s aim is to ensure all patients that present with cardiac-related symptoms have an ECG within 10 minutes of arrival at the hospital, and a total of 43,358 ECG tests last year alone. It’s technology that saves lives and is the first step in stopping a heart attack in its tracks.

Mike's Story - Stony Lake cottager Mike Cork says PRHC saved his life after major heart attack at the lake from PRHC Foundation on Vimeo.

Mike Cork and his wife Cathy McCallum recount their terrifying ordeal when Mike suffered a major heart attack while at their Stony Lake island cottage last Thanksgiving. Mike was transported to Peterborough Regional Health Centre in under 35 minutes where he received lifesaving patient care in PRHC's Cardiac Cath Lab.

Advancing Care for Women & Children ($1.6 million investment over 5 years)

The PRHC Foundation is committed to funding the lifesaving technology and equipment that keeps both mother and baby safe and healthy. This includes investments in our Labour & Delivery (L&D) unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and both inpatient and outpatient services for children.

Equipment Spotlight: Radiant Heater/Warmers - 8 units @ $32,000 each for L&D & NICU

For our smallest patients, skin to skin contact is the best way to transition into life. But when infants need additional, critical care, radiant heaters and warmers offer an accessible working surface for ventilating and resuscitating while providing an environment that mimics womb-like conditions. These units allow for 360 degree access to the baby for all members of the medical team while taking constant measurements of temperature that the unit itself can respond to. Radiant heaters/warmers are needed in each of our labour rooms, our operating rooms for C-section use, and in the NICU for resuscitation. The units are adjustable so moms in wheelchairs or beds can be at the same height as their infant and can participate in family-centred care.

Surgical Innovation - $4.9 million investment over 5 years

Surgical care has been an essential part of the healthcare landscape for over a century. It saves lives, prevents disability, and further illness, and puts people on the road to recovery and better health. Today, advances in minimally invasive surgical techniques and technology are changing the standard of care for many common surgical procedures. More than 21,899 surgical procedures were performed at PRHC last year alone. With so many people turning to PRHC for surgical care, we need our equipment to be in the best possible working order so doctors and nurses can treat patients quickly and effectively.

Equipment Spotlight: OR Lghts and Upgrade of Integrated Video Management System - $1.4 million

Creating a surgical environment with a fully integrated support system means more efficient, comfortable surgeries for patients and clinicians. Controlled from a touchscreen on a boom arm to allow for ergonomic use, controlling all operating room functions will now be as easy as using a smart phone. The new operating room integration system provides advanced external communication, access to patient information – both images and data – all through a screen that remains in the sterile environment.

This upgrade is essential as the previous system is no longer being supported by the supplier and this upgrade will bring our operating rooms into the future with simple, work-flow oriented navigation that will allow users to track all stages of procedure progress. From bringing in more data to aid with decisions being made in the operating room, to controlling music and lighting, this new system will deliver improved safety, infection control, and clinician support through every operation.

In conjunction with this system upgrade, new lights are also being installed that will provide better illumination during procedures. Also controlled through the touch screen, the new technology used with these lights will provide an ideal depth of field and more shadow prevention, allowing surgeons to have the best possible view of the delicate work they are doing.

Emergency Essentials - $3.2 million investment over 5 years

Every second counts when you’re saving a life and it takes a phenomenal amount of critical medical equipment to deliver world-class emergency care. It is essential that PRHC’s expert physicians, nurses, and staff have access to the most technologically-advanced equipment the moment a seriously ill or injured patient arrives.

PRHC’s Emergency Department (ED) is now one of the busiest in the province, with more than 87,000 patient visits just last year. With so many people turning to PRHC for urgent care, we need our equipment to be in top working order so that our expert doctors and nurses can treat patients quickly and effectively.

Equipment Spotlight: Dedicated Trauma X-Ray Suites ($450,000 remaining to be raised)

One of the most important parts of an ED physician’s job is to identify the most critically ill and injured patients. Diagnostic imaging is central to their ability to do that, and ED physicians depend on being able to access imaging equipment, particularly X-rays, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Across the department, this adds up to 23,400 X-ray exams last year alone. PRHC has two trauma suites dedicated to providing X-rays for Emergency patients; however, these trauma suites are nearing the end of their lifespan and must be replaced.

For More Information

For more information on any of these priority areas of care, please contact, Anne Ondercin, Director, Philanthropy at 705.743.2121 ext. 3980 or send her an email.

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"Thanks to donors, PRHC has a long tradition of providing specialized regional health care services that garner provincial recognition, support, and attention - services that would not have been possible without the support of the community, including cardiac stenting, radiation therapy and endovascular aneurysm repair, just to name a few."'

Dr. Peter McLaughlin, PRHC President & CEO


In 2017/18* your hospital...

  • Admitted over 19,588 patients
  • Had more than 87,000 visits to the Emergency Department
  • Performed 132,181 Diagnostic Imaging procedures
  • Delivered 1,659 babies into the world
  • Completed 22,205 surgical procedures
  • Had over 25,000 Cancer Care Visits
  • Performed 2,789 cardiac procedures
  • Completed 1.75 million laboratory tests
  • Performed 963 hip and knee replacements
  • Supported 30,911 Mental Health Outpatient visits
  • Provided 2.5 million doses of medication

* During the period April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018