Community Hospital O’Leary offers 13 extended care beds available for Islanders from across the province. Extended care services include restorative, respite, convalescent and palliative care. The hospital also provides lab, X-ray, pharmacy, physiotherapy, nutrition counselling, and occupational therapy services.
In March of 1994 the O’Leary Community Health Foundation Inc was formed when the Community Hospital Board was replaced by West Prince Health. With the many and constant changes in the way health care services were being provided the people felt they needed to be more than just a fund raising body for Community Hospital.
The mandate of the Foundation is:
To promote, develop and encourage activities having as an objective the advancement of Community Health.
To build upon, develop and improve community health activities and facilities.
To use any and all income or assets which from time to time accrue to the company, whether through operation ,donation or otherwise for the objectives stated herein and none other.
Although Community Hospital is one of the major recipients for support, other health care providers and services are also considered very important and are supported by the Foundation.
The Foundation has worked may times with the Community Hospital Ladies Auxiliary to purchase major items for Community Hospital.
Many donations come through Ferguson’s Funeral Home to Community Hospital as well as Margaret Ellis home in recognition of the excellent care given to family members.
The Foundation’s major fund-raising campaign,Lights for the Future is held each year between late Nov. and early Dec. where again family members can make a donation or buy a bulb in memory of a loved one.
This campaign has been on - going for over 20 years in recognition of Community Hospital being able to retain it’s hospital status and Lab & X-Ray services.
In July of 2017 Community Hospital will be celebrating 60 years of service to the residents of West Prince.
Yearly purchases by the Foundation average approximately $50,000.00 a year. On March of 2015 $240,659.98 was paid for the new X-Ray plus$165,000.00 paid for by the province.
The Foundation meets once a year with Health P.E.I. to advocate for gaps in services based on your feedback and personal experiences. We also communicate on a regular basis with our Minister of Health.
Equipment Purchases over the past two years: X-Ray, Bath Chair for Century Tub, Ice Machine,Vital Signs Monitor with Stand,2 or 3 Section Bariatric or Bobath Treatment Table, Leg and Arm Upper Body Trainer,Versa Care Bed, Automatic Scrubber,Two Broda Chairs plus Three Wheelchairs, Six Bariatric Chairs, Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor, Finger Plus Oximeter, Ear Therometer, Walkers With Seats and Mattresses for Margaret Stewart Ellis Home.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Christmas is that time of year for spending more time with our families, and we think often of our loved ones who have passed on. This Christmas, you can remember your loved ones, when you hang your tag on the Memorial Tree in the Community Hospital Lobby. Your gift in memory of your loved ones will be used to assist in the purchase of new Diagnostic Imaging Equipment for the Community Hospital to benefit the people of West Prince.
We thank you for your generosity during this time and invite you to join us for our tree lighting ceremony in December in front of Community Hospital O’Leary.
Tags can be purchased for $5 from any of the committee members, in the lobby at Community Hospital, or by calling the campaign office 902-859-8773.
Wishing Well Now Accepting Donations
The O’Leary Community Health Foundation now has their Wishing Well set up in the O’Leary Health Clinic waiting room area. For a cash donation, people are able to receive a copy of our book “Life of a Rural Hospital” . Proceeds to go towards the purchases of health equipment now that the campaign is over.
Eva Rodgerson, chairperson of the O'Leary Community Health Foundation reflects on Community Hospital's significance to the area as they celebrate the 60th Anniversary on July 5th/17. Looking on are Paul Young ;Administrator of Community Hospital's West: Robert Henderson , Health and Wellness and Arlene Gallant-Bernard director of community and family medicine, Health PEI.