Posts Tagged ‘Peterborough Regional Health Centre’

During the holiday season the feeling of getting or giving too much ‘stuff’ is becoming a common concern. What do you give to the person who has everything? Or what do you give to the person who is trying to downsize and de-clutter – at any age?

Why not give a donation on behalf of your favourite charity instead?

A recent article in the local Kawartha news about the great work of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) made me stop to consider all of the needs in our communities.

The PRHC Foundation works with donors of all types including individuals, businesses, event organizers, and a variety of funding bodies to ensure we have the needed equipment and technology that forms the backbone of patient care.

Many people don’t realize just how much the PRHC relies on the generous contributions of the local community. Lesley Heighway, PRHC Foundation President and CEO, says that the financial support for leading-edge equipment allows the hospital to continue offering world-class patient care.

“It takes a tremendous amount of technology to operate a state-of-the-art hospital,” Heighway explains. “While the government does provide funding to hospitals, it doesn’t provide the money for the vast majority of PRHC’s equipment needs and it’s equipment that our healthcare professionals can’t do their jobs without .”  

In fact, recent donations have been used for a wide array of pressing needs including updating nine of the twelve operating rooms with minimally invasive surgical tools and technology.

Current campaigns at the PRHC Foundation include raising $1.9 million for investment in mammography technology to continue to tackle breast cancer, and $1.4 in the Maternal Child Program, allowing fewer families with children to stay in the community for treatment rather than travelling outside of the region.

Check out the Foundation’s website to see what options you have to make a meaningful donation today http://www.prhcfoundation.ca/.

If you brainstorm with your family, I’m sure you will come up with a long list of other charities that deserve a financial boost no matter what time of year it is. And there are many ways to give. Consider a gift through your estate, a gift of stock, an endowment, become a monthly donor, attend the charity’s special events, make a memorial donation, or simply make a one-time donation – it all counts!






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If you are looking for a new job in 2017 it might be worth considering the businesses who employ the most people. I was surprised to learn there are actually 144 employers in Peterborough who employ 40 or more people.

The biggest employer weighs in with 2,410 employees. Not surprising, it’s the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC).


The PRHC is a state-of-the-art regional hospital with a proud local history, spanning more than a 100 years. The hospital serves a population of 300,000 people in Peterborough and the surrounding region. It has a capacity of 494 beds and has one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Ontario.

The second largest employer is the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board with 1,500 employees from the Peterborough-area schools and the school boards’ head offices.

Tied for third and fourth with 1,163 employees is the City of Peterborough and Trent University.

The listing provides a candid view of the local economy in the Peterborough area. And the Mayor of the City of Peterborough, Daryl Bennett indicates the area is a welcome place for individuals, students, families and businesses:

“With our impressive network of schools, healthcare centres, shops and services and thriving arts community, Peterborough is the perfect place for people to grow up and to grow old. With our strong creative economy and access to global markets, it is also the perfect place to grow a business.”  

You can see the full list of the 144 largest employers in Peterborough at http://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/6412481-meet-the-top-144-employers-in-peterborough/

Peterborough Economic Development outlines the main sectors that drive the local economy:

  • Aerospace
  • Water Technologies
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Tourism
  • Agriculture
  • Nuclear Energy

The area has what is called a “Creative Economy”, an economy that is driven by both knowledge and innovation. Thomas Edison was certainly an innovative thinker as he founded General Electric Canada in Peterborough over 100 years ago.


The Regional Economic Profile for Peterborough and the Kawarthas provides a detailed overview of the local business community. You can download the full report at



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