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:

Dramatically Improving Cardiac Care - $3.7 million investment over 5 years

In Canada, someone has a heart attack every seven minutes. PRHC’s cardiac services are centered in the 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 mean less travel time and exemplary lifesaving care for patients in our region.

Equipment Spotlight: Reinvestment in Cath Labs 1 & 2 - $3.55 million

Every year, thousands of patients from across Peterborough and the surrounding region are brought to PRHC’s Cardiac Cath Labs for lifesaving minimally-invasive cardiac stenting and diagnosis.

Now the hospital needs your help. After more than a decade of being used to stop heart attacks in their tracks, the Labs must be replaced. Without them, patients would have to travel as far away as Kingston or Toronto for emergency intervention at a time when every single second can mean the difference between life and death.

Replacing them 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.

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

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.

Ensuring the Future of Cancer Screening, Diagnosis & Treatment - $6.6 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 $6.6 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: Robotic Intravenous (IV) Automation System (RIVA) for PRHC’s Cancer Care Clinic - $1.65 million

With cancer patient volumes continuing to rise, delivering individualized, safe patient care is a priority at PRHC’s Cancer Centre. However, cancer patients can require hundreds of unique chemotherapeutic medicines to be compounded every day, and each dose must be absolutely accurate. Currently, multiple doses are prepared by hand, for, on average, 40 patients each day.

That’s why with the help of PRHC Foundation donors, PRHC’s oncology and pharmacy teams plan to follow the example of leading-edge cancer centres like Princess Margaret by installing a Robotic Intravenous Automation System, better known as RIVA. 

The introduction of a RIVA Robotic System is the next important step forward in the development of our regional centre of excellence for cancer care. With its robotic arm, RIVA is a truly an exciting piece of technology that will automate the preparation of chemotherapy medication to ensure each of the very complex and patient-specific chemotherapy doses are prepared safely and accurately in a sterile, automated environment.

Amy Semple Wife. Daughter. Teacher. Nature Lover. Dog Mom. Breast Cancer Survivor.

Amy Semple was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was only 32. Watch her story here and find out how your donations to the PRHC Foundation can help save the lives of someone like Amy. Call 705-876-5000 or visit

Advancing Care for Women & Children - A $1 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: Ultrasound Machine - $210,000

Quick and efficient access to ultrasound technology in a Labour & Delivery suite can make the difference between life and death for both a newborn and a mother. Ultrasound is a technology that allows caregivers to see the inside of the body without opening the body to do so. It is one of the few such technologies that is considered safe for both mom and baby, and in Labour & Delivery, ultrasound allows an objective way of measuring the progress of labour.

With the rise in the number of induced labours which can increase the need for careful monitoring, ultrasound in Labour & Delivery is critical and is now the provincial standard in all obstetrical units. Even in low-risk pregnancies, portable ultrasound dedicated to the Labour & Delivery unit allows for assessment of the health and wellness of the placenta, to determine a baby’s position, to ensure protection of the baby, and to assess amniotic fluid. Ultrasound also allows doctors to check for a baby’s heartbeat, and to assess for remaining placenta in the uterus after delivery.

Surgical Innovation - $5 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: Angiography/Interventional Radiology Suites replaced - $2.3 million (2 at $1.15 million each)

Interventional radiology describes a variety of minimally invasive procedures that use X-ray imaging of the blood vessels by injecting contrast media (dye) to visualize narrowing or blockages in arteries or veins. These procedures are often used to steer needles, guide wires and small plastic catheters into the body through a small skin incision, locating and correcting problems without surgery. A subspecialty of radiology, interventional radiology involves radiologists with advanced training in diagnostic radiological imaging, needle and catheter surgical techniques, and overall patient care including pain management.

At the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC), this specialty is performed in what is referred to as the Angiography Suite and predominantly supports the vascular program and the dialysis program. Interventional radiologists perform a wide range of procedures that include organ biopsies, diagnostic arteriograms, blocked artery and vein stenting, dialysis access shunt creation, abscess drainage and fluid collection, blocked bile duct and kidney drainage.

Interventional radiologists are able to diagnose and treat a wide range of health concerns with only a tiny incision resulting from their efforts. These small incisions, and without the need for a general anesthetic, mean not only reduced risk and pain for the patient, but significantly shorter hospital stays.

Upgrading these two aging suites will mean that patients will continue to benefit from rapid advancements in technology. Better, clearer imaging and more advanced procedural guidance for the physician means better outcomes for patients.

Emergency Essentials - $1.5 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 88,000 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: Ventilators - $184,000 (2 at $92,000 each)

Ventilators are used in our ICU by patients of all ages when they experience respiratory distress. With 24 beds and currently, 12 ventilators, it is imperative that PRHC add more equipment for our most vulnerable patients. The new ventilators will provide more specific options for both invasive (tube) and non-invasive (face mask) ventilation options, which is critical when working to meet individualized patient needs.

As patients recover in the ICU, the new ventilators will allow the medical team to adjust the pressure as physicians wean the patient down to prepare them to come off life support. Different pressure options mean patients can more comfortably do more breathing on their own, thus speeding their recovery.

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 2018/19* your hospital...

  • Admitted 19,658 patients
  • Had more than 88,000 visits to the Emergency Department
  • Performed 135,469 Diagnostic Imaging procedures
  • Delivered 1,601 babies into the world
  • Completed 21,893 surgical procedures
  • Had over 25,000 Cancer-related visits
  • Performed 2,918 cardiac procedures, including 1,285 angiograms and 885 stenting procedures of which 213 were code STEMI heart attacks stopped in their tracks
  • Completed 1.82 million laboratory tests
  • Performed 965 hip and knee replacements
  • Supported 33,374 Mental Health Outpatient visits
  • Provided 2.6 million doses of medication

* During the period April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019