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July 16, 2020: Reinvestment in PRHC's donor-funded Cardiac Cath Lab will keep your heart here

For over ten years, PRHC’s Interventional Cardiologists have been saving heart muscle and lives with donor-funded equipment and technology in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab.

Ongoing support has funded the essential, state-of-the-art equipment and technology that make world-class cardiac care available for up to 600,000 people in Peterborough and the surrounding region. In fact, people from as far away as Durham, North Hastings, Northumberland and the City of Kawartha Lakes depend on PRHC for lifesaving urgent and non-emergency cardiac services.

Because of donors, PRHC has been able to open the door to innovation, provide more advanced therapies, expand minimally invasive treatment options, and attract top specialists in the field.

Since 2008, PRHC has been working to build a regional Centre of Excellence for Cardiac Care. When PRHC and the donor-funded Cath Lab first opened, the Cath Lab offered diagnostic angiograms to detect blockages and the narrowing of the coronary arteries.

Then in early 2012, the Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), or stenting, program was launched at PRHC. Stenting means that conditions that used to require complex, invasive surgeries can now be treated using a catheter (a thin flexible tube) that places a small structure called a stent to open blood vessels in the heart.

This was quickly followed in 2013 by the Code STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) program – a protocol used for treating a full-blown heart attack caused by a complete blockage of an artery. Patients are diagnosed in the ambulance, and in most cases taken directly to PRHC’s Cath Lab. Once there, with the STEMI confirmed and diagnostic tools activated, the blockage can be found, reversed, and heart muscle saved.

Over the years, donors have funded major innovations in the technology supporting the Cath Lab. In the past four years alone, donors have funded:

  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – used by Cardiologists to visualize the size and shape of arterial blockages in real time
  • Contrast Dye Injector – technology that controls the amount of dye used so that patients, especially those with kidney disease, receive less dye, allowing Cardiologists to safely visualize arteries during a procedure
  • Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) – 3-D diagnostic technology that uses high-frequency ultrasound waves to take clearer images of the heart and valves when a patient has thick chest walls, is on a ventilator, is bandaged or cannot have an angiogram
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) – donors recently replaced aging units with advanced, wireless technology so Cardiologists can access the ECG from a secure server almost immediately and on the spot to diagnose heart conditions quickly, especially in urgent situations such as a Code STEMI

Today, PRHC is recognized as a provincial leader in regional cardiac care. Thanks to the support of donors, together we’ve ensured the people, infrastructure, systems and programs are in place to offer life-changing and lifesaving care close to home.

After more than a decade of saving heart muscle and lives, however, the technology and infrastructure in the Cath Lab must be replaced. Without it, patients from across our region might have to be transferred to another hospital hours away, at a time when every second counts.

This remains true no matter what else comes our way. Cardiac emergencies don’t stop, even during a pandemic, so ensuring our doctors, nurses and staff have the equipment and technology they need to save lives has never been more important.

The PRHC Foundation is committed to keeping your heart here with a $3.55 million initiative to reinvest in PRHC’s regional Cardiac Cath Lab. But replacing the Lab now won’t just keep cardiac care close by. Advances in technology mean better picture quality and resolution during procedures, lower radiation exposure, and shorter procedure times.

We need your help to make this vital reinvestment possible. To show your support, please give today by clicking here, or by calling (705) 876-5000.


June 25, 2020: Guy is turning 100 years old and walking a marathon in support of PRHC!

Peterborough, ON: Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) Foundation announced today that longtime hospital supporter Guy Aiello is walking the distance of a marathon – 42.2 kilometres – to raise funds for equipment and technology at PRHC.

His official marathon kilometre count begins on Canada Day. Already an avid walker, Guy plans to walk 1.8 kilometres every day except Sundays throughout July.

A PRHC Foundation donor and former hospital volunteer for almost 30 years, Guy was raised to be kind to everyone and to share what he had. He says those values have stuck with him throughout his 99 years.

Now, in honour of his 100th birthday this fall, he wants to do something challenging and unforgettable – something that not only reflects his personal determination, but inspires others to support their regional hospital through the spirit of philanthropy. Read more...


June 9, 2020: PRHC reintroducing non-urgent care

Dear Donors,

As we all adjust to a “new normal”, it’s clear that the pandemic has challenged every aspect of our lives. It’s certainly had an impact on services that were available at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, and I know that the question of when we might return to pre-pandemic operations is at the top of many of our donors’ minds.

That’s why I’m so pleased to share that the government directive that required hospitals to reduce non-urgent care to minimal levels has now been lifted. As a result, our hospital can now begin to gradually increase previously suspended clinical services.

I know this is welcome news for many of you, as it certainly is for the doctors, nurses and staff who care for our patients. With patients at the forefront of their decision making, PRHC leaders and staff have been working diligently to develop and implement a staged plan to increase non-urgent clinical care, working closely with their four regional hospital partners, and community care providers, to make sure all are ready to support the needs of our region’s patients.

Ensuring the ongoing safety of patients, physicians, nurses and staff is paramount, so the approach will be necessarily cautious. The staged plan will allow non-urgent care to be increased or decreased as the situation permits, so that should it become necessary, the hospital can quickly respond to COVID-19 once again and reinstate or maintain appropriate infection control precautions.

For the most up-to-date information on what services will be available and when, please visit

In the meantime, on behalf of everyone at PRHC and the PRHC Foundation, thank you again to everyone who supported your hospital’s frontline healthcare professionals and their patients during these extraordinary times. We hope you’ll continue to stand behind them, whatever comes.

Because of course, they’re not the only ones who are “restarting.” When the pandemic began to unfold, the PRHC Foundation team was focused on a major effort to fund several urgently needed cardiac and cancer care investments, including the reinvestment in our Cardiac Cath Lab, robotic chemotherapy technology, the replacement of our two CT scanners, a vital redevelopment of our angiography suites, and more.

These priorities remain critical to patient care at your regional hospital both during and post-pandemic, so stay tuned for more information about these ongoing initiatives.

Ensuring PRHC’s doctors, nurses and staff have the technology and equipment they need to save lives while protecting their own, is what we do. It’s our mission and it’s never been more important than it is right now.

Over the coming months I’ll continue to stay in touch, keeping you informed on what’s happening at the Health Centre and the Foundation. And as always, please know that you can reach out to me at (705) 743-2121, ext. 3859 or by email.

With a grateful heart,

Lesley Heighway
President & CEO


May 14, 2020: $190,000 combined matching gift initiative goal has been met!

Thanks to an outpouring of community support, we have achieved our matching gift goal of $190,000 – raising a total of $380,000 through this initiative in support of the PRHC Foundation COVID-19 response fund!

Your gifts will help fund lifesaving equipment such as additional ventilators, laryngoscopes for emergency intubation, additional ICU beds, wellness supports for staff who must stay at the hospital while treating patients, and more protective equipment and scrubs to help keep them safe. Thank you to our matching gift donors and everyone who was inspired by their generosity to support the matching gift initiative!

May 5, 2020: Additional funds added to PRHC Foundation’s COVID-19 response fund matching gift brings total to $190,000

Peterborough, ON: The PRHC Foundation announced today that donations to their COVID‐19 response
fund will now be matched up to $190,000 thanks to additional contributions from businesses and
community leaders.

The increased matching gift total represents additional commitments to an initial matching gift of up to
$50,000 made by David and Patricia Morton in mid‐April. Lesley Heighway, PRHC Foundation President
& CEO says that the new donations were inspired by the dedication of PRHC’s healthcare professionals,
the Mortons’ generosity, and the community’s incredible response to the crisis. Read more…


April 16, 2020: $50,000 matching gift will double the impact of donations to PRHC Foundation's COVID-19 response fund

Peterborough, ON: The PRHC Foundation announced that donors now have a special opportunity to double the impact of their donations to the PRHC Foundation’s COVID-19 response fund thanks to a generous gift from David and Patricia Morton.

The Mortons will be matching the community’s donations to the Foundation’s COVID-19 response fund with a gift of up to $50,000 to encourage all who can, to support the hospital’s brave staff during the pandemic. Speaking of the healthcare teams, Patricia says, “Their courage is simply amazing as they risk their own lives to save others.” Read more…


PRHC Foundation named one of Canada's "best charities" by Maclean's

Dear Donors,

Recently, PRHC Foundation’s staff and volunteer Board of Directors were honoured to be named one of Canada’s "best charities" by Maclean’s magazine. According to the feature, their goal is to provide a ranking of Canadian charities by sector, helping donors make effective decisions about charitable giving based on criteria that represent financial metrics and transparency. PRHC Foundation has been ranked number four on their list of national hospital foundations. You can read the feature here and see the list here.

Responsible stewardship of your donations and effective, efficient governance are cornerstones of our organization and we’re proud to have been recognized for them.

While these are important criteria, we believe that the true measure of our work is the impact your donations are having on patient care at your hospital. Because of your generosity and commitment, we’re funding the equipment and technology that’s forming the backbone of patient care today and bringing new services to our region tomorrow. It's also empowering PRHC to attract and retain the best and the brightest healthcare professionals.

So, thank you. If we are one of Canada’s “best” charities, it’s because we are supported by the very “best” donors.

As always, I'd love to hear from you. You can reach me at (705) 743-2121, ext. 3859 or by email.

With a grateful heart,

Lesley Heighway
President & CEO

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