P.E.I.'s Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation raised $636,468 during an online fundraiser Sunday, surpassing its funding goal for the purchase of medical equipment for the provincial neonatal intensive care unit in Charlottetown.
The Stream-a-thon was hosted on the foundation's Facebook page, YouTube channel and on the Eastlink Community TV channel.
"Completing this funding is an incredible accomplishment for P.E.I.," Patsy MacLean, chair of the foundation, said in a news release.
"With the pandemic, we pivoted from our traditional QEH/Eastlink telethon to a shorter online virtual event to help Island families with the tiniest patients who needed the [neonatal intensive-care unit]."
MacLean said more families can now benefit with the new advanced equipment, such as omnibeds, infant mechanical ventilators and a new central monitoring system for staff to continually monitor vitals for their patients.
There have been 202 cases of COVID-19 on P.E.I. and 12 are considered active. There have been no deaths and two hospitalizations.
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