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As our world continues to evolve during this global pandemic, so must our strategies on how best to raise important funds for PEI’s largest hospital – keeping patients and their families close to home. This year, we are excited about a re-imagined and abbreviated telethon event, called Stream-a-thon, sponsored by Eastlink Community TV. This two-hour event will be available for viewing both online and on Eastlink Community TV, channels 10 and 610.

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Even though the look and delivery of our traditional telethon has changed, the need to raise important funds for life-saving equipment remains. This year, we are focusing our fundraising on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), another provincial service offered only at the QEH, supporting our tiniest patients. Given the recent advancements in neonatal care in PEI, including the arrival of PEI’s only neonatologist, Dr. Beth Ellen Brown, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Ellen Stetson and additional staff, we are now keeping babies at home, in PEI, who in the recent past had to travel off-Island for delivery and care.

The QEH Stream-a-thon is a community celebration of heroes; QEH staff, patients, caregivers, and donors. It is thanks to donor-funded equipment, specialized staff, and tenacious patients that close to fifty Island families were able to remain at home for their NICU care during this pandemic. As we look forward to introducing you to our re-imagined community celebration, planned for May 30, 2021, we invite you to make a donation to support more than $500,000 in equipment needs for the NICU.

Tune in on May 30, from 2-4pm to meet NICU staff, hear about the equipment needs, listen to some wonderful musical entertainment, and meet Baby Irelia, the smallest patient kept and cared for in the QEH NICU.