Kingston Foundation seeks County support

The County's Committee of the Whole hears a presentation from University Hospitals Kingston Foundation Thursday. AMANDA LORBETSKI/INQUINTE.CA

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Kingston Foundation seeks County support



The foundation behind three Kingston hospitals is seeking support from Prince Edward County.

University Hospitals Kingston Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Denise Cumming and Director of Leadership Philanthropy Shannon Coull addressed the County's Committee of the Whole during a meeting on Thursday afternoon.

They outlined majour plans for redevelopment in Kingston, reporting a 157 per cent increase in County patient visits to the three hospitals since 2006.

The foundation reported 13,029 visits to Kingston hospitals by County pateints in 2015, including 10,231 to outpatient clinics, 1,997 to the cancer centre, 485 inpatient days and 316 emergency room visits.

A reported 24 County residents, including Coull and her husband, work at the Kingston hospitals, totalling $1.6 million in salaried economic impact.

Cumming said while the foundation isn't seeking monetary support, it's committed to continuing to work with the municipality and Quinte's Health Care's four hospitals.

"We fully understand and recognize the need for all of the sites of Quinte Health Care including Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital to be well-resourced and to be able to deliver their services to the community," she said.

"We also recognize that when people are really in a difficult spot health-wise, they are coming to Kingston and they are relying on us being able to serve them."

The County's final payment of about $50,000 on its last payment plan is in the budget, she added.

Mayor Robert Quaiff said any new financial support will be left up to council to determine.

"Obviously through a lot of the programs with our own hospital here, with our family health team, with the doctor recruitment and the intern programs that they have, the amount of people from Prince Edward County that use the services down in Kingston - it all ties into one."

County council meets next at Shire Hall in Picton on March 28 at 7 p.m.

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