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Ontario Doctors Vote in Favour of Binding Arbitration - Sunday, June 18, 2017
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#LSN_Health   Binding Arbitration

 Toronto, ON July 17, 2017 - Ontario's doctors have voted in favour of the tentative 2017 OMA-Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Binding Arbitration Framework Agreement.

 The vote was 65% to 35%, in favour the framework agreement.  Members were able to vote electronically, in person at the General Meeting of Members or by proxy.

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Ride For Dad The Roar Continues - Over $1M Raised - Sunday, June 18, 2017

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO – June 18, 2017  (LSN)  It’s been going strong for 17 years and the combined roar of hundreds of motorcycles each year never gets old. This morning at 9:30 a.m. riders revved their engines as they took off in the Roar for the Cure as part of the Tbaytel Motorcycle Ride for Dad, presented by WINMAR. This year’s event raised $54,106 in support of prostate cancer education, care and research through the Northern Cancer Fund, bringing the event’s total to $1,002,355!

 

As in previous years, participants began with a hearty breakfast served at the Victoria Inn, followed by the Roar for the Cure, with a parade around Thunder Bay, a filling lunch at Silver Mountain Station and then back again to the Victoria Inn to enjoy some time together. Throughout the day, riders enjoyed the sights in and around town as they collected poker cards, with prizes awarded for top poker hands.

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Cellphone in your pocket? Is it safe - Saturday, May 27, 2017
cellphone Safety

#LSN_Health  Cellphone in your pocket?

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - May 27, 2017  (:SM) We came across this Youtube video by CBC Market place. We learned about breast  tumors, and head tumors.

As new science fuels the debate about cellphone safety, CBC Market Place  takes a closer look at a little known message inside your cellphone's settings and manual telling you to keep the device 5 to 15 mm away from your body. We ask why this message exists, why it's so hidden, and whether Health Canada is doing enough to protect us.
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St. Joseph’s Foundation installs Digital Memorial Recognition System - Sunday, May 21, 2017
St. Joseph’s Foundation

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THUNDER BAY ONTARIO  May 21, 2017  (LSN) Using modern technology, enhanced by beautiful art, St. Joseph’s Foundation (SJF) has installed a donor recognition system that will not only pay tribute to passed loved ones, but will do so in a way that provides deeper connection for those who take the time to view it. The technology is a means to tell a human story, the art is a means to reflect the human connection.

 

Over the 30 plus years of history of SJF, many families have taken the step to pay tribute to their loved ones by making memorial donations. In turn, SJF recognized these individuals through the installment of plaques on a memorial wall. With advancements in technology, SJF is able to do more than just recognize the names of the loved ones; the digital memorial wall allows the use of photos and their story to be included, sharing the essence of who these people were to this community.

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5 Forks Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction Raises $67,657! - Monday, April 10, 2017
Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction

#LSN_Health   Bachelor Dance

Thunder Bay, ON –  April 10, 2017   (LSN) A feeling of celebration was in the air Friday night as hundreds of women filled the ballroom at the Valhalla Inn for the 19th annual 5 Forks Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction. Always a popular event, this year didn’t disappoint with a fresh round of 10 eligible Bachelors paired with fantastic date packages up for bidding.

Organizers are thrilled to announce that this year’s event was as successful as ever, raising $67,657, bringing the 19-year total to $1,162,543. All proceeds were directed to the Northern Cancer Fund for breast cancer research, education, diagnosis, and treatment.

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Hospice Northwest and You - Thursday, April 6, 2017
Hike for Hospice

#LSN_Health   Hospice Northwest and You


THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---  April 5, 2017   (LSN) On behalf of Hospice Northwest, I'm asking you to join hundreds of other people in support of palliative care assistance in Thunder Bay. We're not a place, we're the volunteers that provide essential emotional support to people in their final days and hours.

On Sunday, May 7th at 12:30 p.m. we will gather at St. Ignatius High School for final registration before we walk around Boulevard Lake. You may
come as an individual or get together with friends and create a team of fundraisers. There is no fee to enter, but we ask that individuals try to raise a
minimum of $50. We have lots of prizes for participants as well as a raffle and a penny auction to liven up the event
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Employee Gifts Celebrated at Luncheon - Thursday, February 9, 2017
Thunder Bay Regional.
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  Employee Gifts Celebrated at Luncheon

 

THUNDER BAY, ON --- February 9, 2017 (LSN) – Staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation were celebrated today at a recognition luncheon for their contribution to world-class healthcare, but perhaps not in the way one would expect.

  Each employee at the luncheon was celebrated for his or her donation to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, made through payroll deduction. “Our Employee Giving Program is an opportunity for any employee to make a donation that directly supports the world-class health care provided here at the Health Sciences Centre,” said Robert Scott Srigley, Chair, Employee Giving Program. “We have a very generous group of employees who go over and above their roles and make a difference where they work. I’m proud to Chair the Employee Giving Committee that encourages philanthropy and allows all of us to give back to a facility that is important, not only to each of us individually, but to our entire community.”

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DineWise Food Safety Scorecards - Wednesday, January 18, 2017
DineWise Food Safety Scorecards

DineWise Food Safety Scorecards  #LSN_Health

 (L-R) Torsten Schulz and Abby Mackie, both public health inspectors, and Lee Sieswerda, manager of environmental health showing the new DineWise scorecards.

THUNDER BAY, ON -- January 18, 2017 (LSN) The Thunder Bay District Health Unit’s new DineWise program launched today in the City of Thunder Bay. TBDHU’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Janet DeMille, was on hand to post the first DineWise scorecard. The first restaurant to receive a sign was Chinese Express, located at 601 Arthur Street West. They received an "A" read more ...
Shelter Kwae Kii Win House Managed Alcohol Program - Thursday, January 12, 2017
Shelter House Alcohol Program

Shelter  Kwae Kii Win House Managed Alcohol Program  #LSN_Health

THUNDER BAY, ON  --  January 12, 2017  ----The North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has approved short-term funding to support the Kwae Kii Win Managed Alcohol Program (MAP), being operated by Shelter House Thunder Bay.
 
The North West LHIN will supply one-time funding for the Kwae Kii Win MAP for the continuity of service, and will engage with community stakeholders to ensure that this organization is aligned with current evidence-based practices, service delivery models and is positioned for long-term success. read more ...

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Family member born in 1945? They can get a FREE vaccine until Dec 31 at a special clinic. - Saturday, December 17, 2016
Free Shingles Vaccine Clinic

Free Shingles Vaccine Clinic  #LSN_Health

 

THUNDER BAY, ON ---  December 17, 2016  (LSN)  The shingles vaccine is free for those ages 65-70, BUT if you were born in 1945 it’s only free until December 31, 2016.

If you were born in 1945, call the Health Unit at 625-5900 to make an appointment. Two special clinics will be offered: Thurs. Dec. 22 or Thur. Dec. 29.

If you can’t make these clinics, call your health care provider right away to discuss your options.

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Hospital Hosts Prestigious Heart & Stroke Barnett Memorial Lectureship - Friday, December 2, 2016
Barnett Memorial Lectureship
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Thunder Bay, ON – December 2, 2016 (LSN)  Today, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre hosted the Heart & Stroke Barnett Memorial Lectureship and Visiting Professorship, a prestigious forum where a distinguished expert in the field of cerebrovascular disease addresses current research and clinical practice.
 
This year’s lecture is in recognition of the late Dr. Henry J.M. Barnett’s outstanding contribution to the field of stroke. The distinguished speaker, Dr. Adnan Qureshi, professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Radiology at University of Minnesota and President of the International Congress of Interventional Neurology, will focus on strategies to optimize new stroke treatments. read more ...
Achievement in Organ & Tissue Donation - Thursday, December 1, 2016
Achievement in Organ & Tissue Donation

Achievement in Organ & Tissue Donation  #LSN_Health

 Thunder Bay, ON – December 1, 2016 (LSN) Trillium Gift of Life Network has presented Thunder Bay, Health Science Centre, Hospital with an achievement award for its dedication to organ and tissue donation in Ontario.

Our Hospital received the Provincial Benchmark for Conversion Rate Award for meeting or exceeding the target set by Trillium Gift of Life Network. Conversion Rate is the percentage of actual organ donors from the total number of potentially eligible organ donors identified upon deceased health record review. Key factors that influence Conversion Rate are the notification of potential organ donors and working with Trillium Gift of Life Network to promote optimal approach planning.

“Organ and tissue donation is life-saving and life-enhancing”, said Jean Bartkowiak, President & CEO of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (the Hospital) and CEO of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute. “This award highlights the dedication of our staff, physicians and volunteers to ensuring that organ and tissue donation continues to be a vital tool to help us provide exceptional patient care for Northwestern Ontario.”

In 2015/2016, 67% per cent of potential donors referred by our Hospital went on to give the gift of life, beating the provincial average by 11 percentage points (56%). Organ and tissue donation is a complex process and the conversion rate reflects how well Trillium Gift of Life Network and our Hospital work together to save lives. read more ...
Retinal Imaging Camera Inspires Community to Give - Thursday, November 3, 2016

Need for Retinal Imaging Camera Inspires Community to Give  #LSN_Health

(Thunder Bay, ON) – The need for new medical equipment at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is constant, and it is thanks to donors that we’re able to provide the critical pieces needed for world-class healthcare.

Currently the Lions Vision Care Centre at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is in need of a Retinal Imaging Camera; a specialized piece of equipment that allows ophthalmologists to properly see and monitor damage to retinas, caused by a variety of medical conditions, including diabetes. This Camera comes at a cost of $120,000.

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5 year old diagnosed with a form of brain cancer - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

5 year old diagnosed with a form of brain cancer #LSN_Health

 Webequie, ON – October 4,  2016  (LSN)  Five-year-old Aidan Jacob, a Webequie First Nation member, has just been diagnosed with a form of cancer. He is currently in the out of town care at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital where he is undergoing a firm diagnosis on the type of brain cancer and begin a treatment plan which could take several weeks.

His family would like to remain in Winnipeg to support and comfort Aidan during this period and are reaching out for help to cover the incurred expenses such as hotel accommodations, meals, transportation, etc.

As many may not be aware, the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) only covers limited costs for parents to be with their loved ones, such as Aidan, while in the care of an out of town hospital.
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David Murray executive director Northwest Health Alliance - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Northwest Health Alliance

David Murray executive director Northwest Health Alliance LSN_Health

 Thunder Bay, ON ─ August 16, 2016 ─ Jocelyn Bourgoin, Chair of the Board of the Northwest Health Alliance (NWHA), is pleased to announce that David Murray will be joining the NWHA as its new executive director effective September 1, 2016. David brings considerable experience to his new role having spent the majority of his career in health care within the community and hospital sectors. The NWHA is pleased to have found a unique northern solution in its choice of a new executive director. David has been a force of transformation in health care across the region and the province and his leadership talents are best used where they are needed the most, in Northwestern Ontario. Bourgoin stated; “David’s unique abilities to bring different views together at the table and his varied experience in community and institutional care are what is needed for the NWHA’s future in the coming years. We are happy to have him lead our team”.

The NWHA is expanding its role as a shared services corporation with the intent to provide a range of shared services to all of the Health Service Providers (HSPs) in the Northwest Local Health Integration Network (North West LHIN). Murray mentioned that “The benefits of working together are significant. It allows providers to standardize their operations and introduce best practices which are key factors in improving quality and outcomes. Also working together creates better economies of scale. The opportunity to build on the successes we have already achieved will allow the NWHA to improve access to services and help to make our system more sustainable. I’m excited to be part of the expansion of the NWHA over the next few years.” 

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Donors Fund Over $100,000 in Equipment for Operating Room - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Donors Fund Over $100,000 in Equipment for Operating Room #LSN_Health


Dr. Ian Dobson, Chief of Anesthesia, describes the new anesthesia machines

 
Dr. Ian Dobson, Chief of Anesthesia, describes the new anesthesia machines

 


Thunder Bay, ON –-- July 6, 2016 (LSN) The Operating Room at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is an area most people have never seen, but is one of the busiest areas in the building. With over 15,000 cases done annually, there is a critical need for up-to-date equipment to ensure each patient receives high-quality care.

Today, it was announced that $109,806 was granted through the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, thanks to the generosity of donors, to provide enhancements to equipment within the Operating Room. read more ...
Learn about ticks and Lyme Disease - Monday, June 27, 2016

Learn about ticks and Lyme Disease  #LSN_Health

Blacklegged tick commonly known as the deer tick

Blacklegged tick commonly known as the deer tick and it can carry Lyme disease but not always.

 
Thunder Bay, On --- June 27, 2016 (LSN)  EcoSuperior and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit are hosting an information session about ticks and their potential health risks in response to increasing populations in the area.

Certain species of ticks can carry Lyme disease, a debilitating illness that can affect the lungs, heart, joints and central nervous system in humans if left untreated. This summer, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit is actively searching for ticks in and around Thunder Bay as it works toward designating Thunder Bay as a risk area for Lyme disease. 

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HOSPICE NORTHWEST’S 5th ANNUAL HIKE FOR HOSPICE - Thursday, April 28, 2016

HOSPICE NORTHWEST’S 5th ANNUAL HIKE FOR HOSPICE #LSNhealth

HOSPICE NORTHWEST’S HIKE FOR HOSPICE

 Thunder Bay, Ontario, April 27, 2016 – On Sunday  May 1st, the city of Thunder Bay will join thousands of Canadians as they come together to hike in support of hospice palliative care. 2016 marks the fifth year that Hospice Northwest has hosted this unique national event, which has been raising funds for end-of-life care and grief support services for the past 14 years.   

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Holly Freill Receives Human Touch Award - Monday, April 25, 2016

Holly Freill Receives Human Touch Award #LSNhealth

Holly Freill 

Thunder Bay, ON  -----  April 25, 2016 ----- Holly Freill, Renal Dietitian with Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC), is the winner of a Human Touch Award. Freill was honoured at a ceremony in Toronto on Thursday April 21 for her exceptional commitment to patient care.

The Human Touch Awards are presented by Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Renal Network and showcase the incredible work taking place across the province each day by committed, dedicated and compassionate health care professionals and volunteers. Eight health care professionals and volunteers, including Freill, were recognized at the 10th annual Human Touch Awards. This marks the first Human Touch Award for the Northwest Regional Renal Program. 

 

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Be careful if you find a Discard Needle - Thursday, March 31, 2016

 

Be careful if you find a Discard Needle #LSNhealth

Needles Litter

 March 31, 2016 –- THUNDER BAY, ON   -----  The arrival of spring and warmer temperatures uncover large amounts of litter on city streets and parks, and the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy is reminding residents to take care if they find a discarded needle.

Disposing of needles is not a core function of the Thunder Bay Police, 

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ONTARIO IS READY FOR HEALTH TRANSFORMATION” - Thursday, March 17, 2016

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“ONTARIO IS READY FOR HEALTH TRANSFORMATION”

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  March 17, 2016  ---  In a landmark report released today, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has outlined an opportunity to bring real and meaningful change to Ontario’s health care system. The report, Transformation through Value and Innovation: Revitalizing Health Care in Ontario, coincides with new survey data showing that the province is ready for health care modernization and service delivery reform. According to a poll released within the report, 77 percent of Ontarians are concerned about the sustainability of their health care system, and 80 percent agree with the statement that “Ontario’s health care system will need to undergo broad reform in order to meet the challenges of changing demographics”. 

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Car Raffle Continues Critical Support of Cardiac Care - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Car Raffle Continues Critical Support of Cardiac Care #LSNhealth

Car Raffle Continues Critical Support of Cardiac Care
Ryan Witiluk, General Manager, Balmoral Park Acura, presents the keys of a
brand new 2016 Acura ILX to the Grand Prize winner of the 2016
Save a Heart Car Raffle, Robert Gashinski. Gashinski was
beyond thrilled by the win and emotionally shared that his ticket purchases
and win were dedicated to the memory of his mother who passed away from a heart attack.

 
Thunder Bay, ON --- March 8, 2016  ----Today, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation celebrated the winners of its sixth annual Save a Heart Car Raffle.

The grand prize winner, Robert Gashinski, drove away in his new 2016 Acura ILX, generously donated outright by Balmoral Park Acura, allowing more funds to go directly to cardiac care. “Excellent cardiac care is a must have in this community,” said Ryan Witiluk, General Manager, Balmoral Park Acura. “We are so proud to stand behind this raffle to ensure people who need life-saving cardiac care have it and have it here.”  

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Food Strategy Community Food Security 2015 Report Availabl - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Food Strategy Community Food Security 2015 Report Available #LSNhealth

Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy

 THUNDER BAY, ON   ----   Feb 10, 2016 ---- The Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy is pleased to release its inaugural 2015 Community Food Security Report Card. The release of the Report Card coincides with Food Freedom Day—coined by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture—which, this year, falls on February 9th.

Food Freedom Day is the day of the year when the average Canadian will have earned enough income to pay his or her entire year’s grocery bill http://www.cfa-fca.ca/programs-projects/food-freedom-day-2016. Yet, for the more than 15,000 people in Thunder Bay that face chronic difficulties affording healthy food, Food Freedom Day would be well into the later part of 2016. 

 

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TBRHSC Family CARE Grants Announced - Thursday, February 4, 2016


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TBRHSC Family CARE Grants Announced

$68,000 made available to fund grants to enhance patient care

 Thunder Bay, ON – February 4, 2016  --- The spirit of giving was alive and well today at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. This morning, $68,000 in new grant funding was announced by the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation and the Volunteer Association as they presented the 2015 Family CARE (Care Advancements Recommended by Employees) grants.

Employees at the Health Sciences Centre are encouraged to apply for the grants with ideas for new or improved equipment that will enhance the exceptional care they provide to patients and families. To ensure that the grants have a significant impact, each application requires a Patient and Family Advisor’s endorsement along with that of a Manager and Executive Vice President.

 

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Whooping Cough in Thunder Bay District - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Whooping Cough in Thunder Bay District  #LSNhealth
 

Whooping Cough

 January 11, 2016 - With an increase in whooping cough (pertussis) cases reported in the city and district over the last 4 months, the Health Unit is urging that individuals ensure they are up to date with their immunization against this disease, particularly those Individuals who are or will be around newborns and infants less than 6 months of age.

The Health Unit is aware of ten cases of whooping cough that have been identified through laboratory testing, with additional cases in close household contacts. Five people have been hospitalized; read more ...
First Resident Moves Into Hogarth Riverview Manor - Thursday, January 7, 2016

First Resident Moves Into Hogarth Riverview Manor  #LSNhealth

 

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  January 6, 2016  --- St. Joseph’s Care Group (SJCG) is excited to welcome the first residents to the new Hogarth Riverview Manor (HRM) expansion. Current HRM residents are moving to the expansion today, to allow additional construction to occur in the original building. The planned closure of both Dawson Court and Grandview Lodge is occurring over the next two months. We will be welcoming residents from Dawson Court starting tomorrow.

 

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Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre announces new President & CEO - Sunday, December 27, 2015

 
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre announces new President & CEO 
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THUNDER BAY, ON ----- December 22, 2015 ------  The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute are pleased to announce the appointment of Jean Bartkowiak as new Jean BartkowiakPresident and CEO of TBRHSC and CEO of TBRRI.


The announcement was made by TBRHSC Board Chair Nadine Doucette and TBRRI Board Chair Dr. Gary Polonsky today.

“We are thrilled to have secured a candidate with such an extensive background in hospital and health system leadership,” said Doucette in making the announcement. “We have a long tradition of strong CEOs at this institution and Jean will continue in that tradition.”

“He is recognized for his accomplishments in bringing innovation to care and effective fiscal management in challenging times at large and complex organizations,” said Dr. Polonsky. “He also has a passion for and experience in research. I think we have found the right person for this job and this time.” read more ...
Chemotherapy at Nipigon District Memorial Hospital - Monday, November 9, 2015

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Chemotherapy at Nipigon District Memorial Hospital

 
Nipigon, ON ---  November 9, 2015  ----  Staff at Nipigon District Memorial Hospital were on hand to accept a grant for $8,500 from the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation to fund the purchase of a new triple channel infusion pump for patients receiving chemotherapy. The grant was made possible thanks to donors to the Northern Cancer Fund.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant, but even more thrilled that we can continue to offer chemotherapy to cancer patients in Nipigon thanks to this new equipment,” said Rebecca McEwen, Nurse Manager, ER, Acute and Long Term Care, Nipigon District Memorial Hospital. 

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Ian's Walk Hospice Northwest - Thursday, August 13, 2015

Ian's Walk Hospice Northwest #LSNhealth

Ian Bos Kathy Kortes-Miller

Ian Bos here in Thunder Bay with Hospice Northwest Chair, Kathy Kortes-Miller

 THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---   August 13, 2015  ---  Ian Bos walking across Canada Visited Thunder Bay's Hospice Northwest. On May 21 2015, 39 year old Ian Bos, alone and on foot with nothing but a backpack and a cell phone, embarked on an incredible cross country journey in memory of his late father, Ted Bos, in hopes of raising awareness and funds for hospice palliative care in Canada.

Bos is walking an average 40 km a day, stopping along the way to participate in local events and fund raising activities to generate awareness regarding the benefits of hospice palliative care.  On August 5 and 6, he will be stopping in Thunder Bay, meeting with the local palliative care community and speaking about his experiences. His stay here will be hosted by Hospice Northwest.  Hospice Northwest is a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing compassionate support to individuals and their caregivers as they face the challenges of living with a life-threatening illness.

 

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Staal Foundation Open presents Donations - Sunday, July 19, 2015

Staal Foundation Open presents Donations #LSNhealth

Photo by Ken Boshcoff

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ----- July 19, 2015 - The Staal Foundation Open raised a total of $190,500 this past week that will be distributed to local charities and organizations. Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario, Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation are three of the charities receiving proceeds as part of the Staal Family commitment to supporting children with Cancer.

Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario is a non-profit volunteer organization that, in addition to its signature week-long camping experience, provides year-round support for children (receiving treatment or in remission) and their families. Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario was established in 2001 and is dedicated to providing uplifting experiences for kids with Cancer. 

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Baking With Chef Michael Smith - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Baking With Chef Michael Smith  #LSNhealth

Danny Klodt and Chef Michael Smith

 

Danny Klodt and Chef Michael Smith

 THUNDER BAY, ON --- June 24, 2015   ----   St. Joseph’s Care Group, in partnership with Sodexo welcomed Chef Michael Smith to St. Joseph’s Hospital today

In 1884, the Sisters of St. Joseph opened St. Joseph's Hospital (the first hospital in Port Arthur) to meet the healthcare needs of the community. Since then, St. Joseph’s Care Group has responded to the unmet needs of the community by changing over time and delivering new and innovative programs. St. Joseph's Hospital has undergone many renovations, but one item that has endured is a Baker's deck brick oven, originally purchased in 1948. The oven is still functional and is used daily to prepare fresh baked items for our clients, visitors and staff. Danny Klodt, a baker at St. Joseph’s Hospital, has been using this oven for 32 years.
 
Danny describes himself as being "lucky that things just fell into place for me." Danny was 19, and fresh out of high school when he started working at St. Josephs’ Hospital in 1983 

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TBRHSC High Among Other Teaching Hospitals in Ontario and Canada - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

TBRHSC High Among Other Teaching Hospitals in Ontario and Canada  #LSNhealth

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   June 16, 2015  --- Emergency department wait times for physician initial assessment and the cost of a hospital stay are two of several indicators in which Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) compares favourably against other teaching hospitals in Ontario and Canada.

That is according to the latest data released from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) made available to the public via Your Health System, a web tool created by CIHI to show how health systems across the country compare with one another. Many of the indicators were recently updated to reflect 2014 data.

The data reveals that TBRHSC compares favourably to other hospitals in several areas, including the cost of a hospital stay. That measurement takes into consideration both costs and length of stay, so is a good overall measure of efficiency and effectiveness. TBRHSC has improved since 2010-11 and rates better than Canadian teaching hospitals, and both the Ontario and Canadian hospital average.  

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St. Joseph's Care Group Breaks Ground on East Wing - Monday, June 15, 2015


St. Joseph's Care Group Breaks Ground on East Wing  #LSNhealth

St. Joseph's Care Group Breaks Ground East Wing

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   June 15, 2015  ---  On Monday, June 15th, St. Joseph's Care Group (SJCG) Thunder Bay,  held its official ground breaking ceremony on the much anticipated East Wing of St. Joseph’s Hospital.  Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister Michael Gravelle (MPP Thunder Bay - Superior North), and Minister Bill Mauro (MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan) were in attendance to celebrate the beginning of this important project.

The East Wing will be home to the Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Program (SMHRP) and will include 38 inpatient beds, outpatient and outreach services. The SMHRP will serve people with serious mental illness and co-existing issues including substance use and development issues, dual disorders and/or geriatric psychiatric illness.  

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Vital Upgrades to Cardiac Catheterization Labs - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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TBRHSC Cardiac Catheterization Labs

Dr. Andrea MacDougall (left), Interventional Cardiologist, Medical Program Director Cardiovascular and Stroke and Chief of Cardiology, TBRHSC, along with Marnie Javis, Registered Nurse, show the new equipment in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Thunder Bay, ON – June 3, 2015  ----  Northwestern Ontario has higher than average rates of cardiac disease. Now, those in need of treatment for complex heart disease, including heart attacks, have access to brand-new equipment in the cardiac catheterization labs at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC).

“Since 2011, we have had two catheterization labs in Thunder Bay, providing 24/7 service to patients in our community,” remarked Dr. Mark Henderson, Executive Vice President, Patient Services, TBRHSC and Regional Vice President, Cancer Care Ontario. “Direct angioplasty is the gold standard for treatment of a heart attack and having two labs available meant we could treat patients right away, prevent further damage and save lives. The equipment in our older lab was installed in 2005, and after 10 years of heavy use, it needed to be replaced to ensure we could continue to provide life-saving care for our patients.”

The catheterization labs provide 24/7 services for emergent cardiac cases, as well as 80 hours of scheduled cases each week. Altogether in one year, interventional cardiologists provide 2,150 cardiac catheterizations, 710 percutaneous coronary interventions (angioplasty with a stent), and 210 pacemaker insertions.
 

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Barrett renews push for action on Lyme Disease - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Barrett renews push for action on Lyme Disease  #LSNhealth

Lyme Disease

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   May 6, 2015  ---  Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett renewed the push for answers on Lyme disease in front of a Queen’s Park gallery crowded with those afflicted by the disease.
 
May is recognized as Lyme Awareness Month. Barrett attended an awareness rally in Caledonia last weekend, met with representatives of those afflicted at Queen’s Park and asked the Premier for an update during Question Period today.
 
Dunnville Lyme disease victim Well Yelland and 150 Lyme awareness supporters attended the Legislature on Wednesday. 

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Approval of East Wing at St Joseph's Hospital - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Approval of East Wing at St Joseph's Hospital #LSNhealth

East Wing at St Joseph's Hospital

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   April 28, 2015  --  The East Wing addition to St. Joseph’s Hospital at 35 Algoma Street North, Thunder Bay, Ontario  will expand the site by approximately 100,000 square feet, to a total of 332,000 square feet. The construction project is approximately two years in duration and will be completed in the spring/summer of 2017.

St. Joseph's Care Group (SJCG) is pleased to announce we have received approval from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to award the contract to proceed with construction of the East Wing at St. Joseph’s Hospital. The successful General Contractor through the open tender process is Bondfield Construction. 

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Enhancements to Regional Cancer Care - Sunday, April 26, 2015

Enhancements to Regional Cancer Care  #LSHhealth

 Exceptional Cancer Care

THUNDER BAY, ON –---  April 26, 2015  ---- Donors contribute more than $7 million for enhancements to Regional Cancer Care   “We have exceptional cancer care, right here, right now, thanks to you!” said Paul Fitzpatrick, Chair, Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign, as the campaign total was unveiled this afternoon in front of hundreds of donors and staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Continued Fitzpatrick, “Thanks to you, we have ensured that each person who walks through the doors of our Cancer Centre will have the confidence that they will have access to the very best equipment to find and treat their disease. They’ll know that research is continuing to ensure the next generation of equipment is even better.”

Launched in October 2013, the goal of the Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign was to bring exceptional cancer care to Northwestern Ontario, through the goals laid out in Regional Cancer Care’s 4-year Cancer Plan. To achieve the plan, an investment of $32+ million was required, with a portion of funds coming from the community. This afternoon, it was announced that, through the generosity of donors, $7,054,963 was raised (and counting), exceeding the original goal of $5.9 million.  

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SJCG recognized for work with high school students - Monday, April 20, 2015

SJCG recognized for work with high school students  # LSNhealth

 Courtney Martin and Anna Grenier
Courtney Martin and Anna Grenier of Volunteer Services


THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   April 20, 3015   ---  Courtney Martin and Anna Grenier of Volunteer Services The Provincial Partnership Council has awarded St. Joseph's Care Group (SJCG) of Thunder Bay, Ontario,  the 2014 Ontario Employer designation. This award recognizes extraordinary employers that are supporting the futures of significant numbers of high school students across Ontario.  SJCG is the only Northwestern Ontario organization receiving this annual designation.

“Fostering an environment of learning that ensures a positive student experience is essential to future recruitment of healthcare workers in our community.  That's why, at St. Joseph's Care Group, students are welcomed as valued team members who help us achieve our core values of providing care, compassion and commitment to our clients,” says Tracy Buckler, President and CEO.  “It is an honour to be recognized for our work with high school students.” read more ...
Lions Clubs Multi-Colour Laser System for Ophthalmology Care - Sunday, April 19, 2015

Lions Clubs Multi-Colour Laser System for Ophthalmology Care #LSNheath

Lions Clubs Multi-Colour Laser System for Ophthalmology Care

THUNDER BAY, ON     –---   April 19, 2015 ----  Inside the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre stands the Lions Vision Care Centre; a space easily missed should vision care not be required. However, patients can rest assured that when their eyes need treatment, the necessary equipment will be there.

Today, another piece of critical equipment was unveiled – a Lumenis Vision One Multi-Colour Laser System – thanks to the generosity and ongoing commitment to vision care from local and regional Lions Clubs, including those in Manitoba and Northeastern Minnesota, along with the Lions Clubs International Foundation. Together the Lions committed a gift of $104,450, and together, with other generous donors, were able to purchase this Laser.

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Health Unit offer free Vaccination for people who ate at Bights - Saturday, April 18, 2015

Health Unit offer free Vaccination for people who ate at Bights #LSNhealth

Hepatitis A Graphic

 

THUNDER BAY, ON,   ----  April 17, 2015 - The Thunder Bay, District Health Unit is investigating a case of hepatitis A in an employee at Bight Restaurant and Bar. located in Thunder Bay's Marina Park. The Health Unit is offering a free vaccination clinic on April 18 from 12:00 to 3:00pm for people who visited the establishment between March 23 and April 12.  Click here for more information.

 Hepatitis A is an acute disease of the liver caused by a virus and can spread from person to person or through contaminated food or water.

It is found in the stool (bowel movement) of persons infected with the virus.

Thunder Bay District Health UnitHepatitis A is not spread by coughing or sneezing. Hand hygiene including proper hand washing is extremely important in preventing the spread of the virus.

Most people who are infected recover completely with no permanent liver damage. In rare cases, hepatitis A can be serious or life threatening to older adults or people with chronic liver disease.

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Doing your taxes good for your health - Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Doing your taxes good for your health  #LSNhealth

 THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO TORONTO, ON/ Troy Media/ ---- April 14, 2015  ---   Taking advantage of tax credits can go a long way to making things easier for low-income Canadians.  Tax season is upon us and my practice is humming. I am not an accountant, I am a family doctor. My patients are not bank executives, they are largely people who live in poverty, many of whom are homeless and on social assistance. Yet I have set out to remind my patients - each and every one of them - to fill out their tax returns.

Is this a case of confused professional identity? Have I confused RRSPs with ECGs? I don't think so. This is a powerful health intervention. 

 

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Time ripe for a national drug plan - Monday, April 13, 2015

Time ripe for a national drug plan  #LSNhealth

Time ripe for a national drug plan

 THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO / Troy Media/ LSN  - Aoril 13, 2015  --  A new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal with health economist Steve Morgan as lead author argues a national universal care drug program would not result in substantial tax increases. Indeed, such a plan reduces public and private spending on prescription drugs by $7.3 billion annually – or by 32 per cent.

According to Morgan and his co-authors, the private sector would save $8.2 billion (worst-case scenario $6.6 billion, best-case scenario $9.6 billion), whereas costs to government would increase by about $1 billion (worst-case scenario $5.4 billion net increase, best-case scenario $2.9 billion net savings).

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CFIA has quarantined 29 premises In Ontario - Sunday, April 12, 2015


CFIA has quarantined 29 premises In Ontario  #LSNhealth

 Bird Flu

 he Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has established an Avian Influenza Control Zone in Ontario to control the movement of animals, products and equipment in the area to minimize disease spread.

The boundary of the Avian Influenza Control Zone covers a 10km radius from the single premises confirmed to be infected with avian influenza, located in Oxford County, Ontario. 

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Delays in Cambie Surgery Centre trial #LSNhealth - Sunday, April 12, 2015

 
Delays in Cambie Surgery Centre trial #LSNhealth

Thunder Bay, Ontario /  BELLEVILLE, ON/ Troy Media/ ---  April 12, 2015  ---  Bureaucratic inertia may have led to Delay in Cambie Surgery Centre trial Government reveals it failed to disclose 300,000 pages of documents.  British Columbia residents frustrated by waiting lists for medical services will be disappointed to learn of a bureaucratic delay in a court case that could help unstop the backlog.

The case – which involves Dr. Brian Day, the Cambie Surgery Centre, and four patients who suffered adverse effects when their healthcare was delayed – has been moseying its way through the court system for more than five years

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CFIA has quarantined 29 premises In Ontario - Sunday, April 12, 2015
CFIA has quarantined 29 premises In Ontario read more ...
HIKE FOR HOSPICE #LSNhealth - Thursday, April 9, 2015

HIKE FOR HOSPICE  #LSNhealth

  Hospice Northwest

 Thunder Bay, Ontario, April 9, 2015 – On Sunday  May 3rd, the city of Thunder Bay will join thousands of Canadians as they come together to hike in support of hospice palliative care. 2015 marks the fourth year that Hospice Northwest has hosted this unique national event, which has been raising funds for end-of-life care and grief support services for the past 13 years.  Hospice Northwest staff and volunteers are more excited than ever to host this year’s Hike, which begins at 10:45 AM on Sunday May 3rd at Boulevard Lake. This family-friendly event will feature a 3 km and 5 km walk around Boulevard Lake, and will include great entertainment, face painting and clowns for the kids, a fun photo booth, a special remembrance ceremony and some wonderful prizes, including a WestJet trip for two.

Hike Chairman Shane Judge explains, “As we hike around scenic Boulevard Lake on May 3rd, our hikers will have an opportunity to pause for a moment of quiet reflection on the historic Black Bay Bridge and gently release a flower into the waters below, in celebration of the lives of those we are here to remember” 

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Ambulance fees obstacles on the road to care #LSNhealth - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ambulance fees obstacles on the road to care #LSNhealth

Ambulance Care

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, and CALGARY, AB/ Troy Media/ --  March 31, 2015  --   Imagine you’re a physician seeing a six month old child in clinic. She has a fever and cough, she’s working hard to breathe and her oxygen levels are falling. You know she needs assessment in the emergency room and requires transportation in an ambulance in case her condition worsens en route. Her family understands the urgency of the situation, but asks, “Could we take her there in our car?”

Experiencing a medical emergency is an incredibly stressful experience for patients and their families. This stress should not be compounded by worries about getting an ambulance bill they can’t afford. As physicians, we know the importance of the first few minutes of an emergency situation, and the crucial role of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in saving lives. And yet ambulance fees remain a significant barrier to people receiving necessary care across Canada.

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Antibiotics: When the bad outweighs the good #LSNhealth - Saturday, March 28, 2015


Antibiotics: When the bad outweighs the good #LSNhealth

Antibiotics: When the bad outweighs the good

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA/ Troy Media/ THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO /LSN / March 28, 2015 --- Antibiotics are important medications; without them, diseases like strep, pneumonia and syphilis can be fatal. However, when antibiotics are overused or not taken exactly as prescribed, serious complications can occur. What's more, even when used properly, some antibiotics are associated with serious side effects, some of which can have lasting effects on health and well-being. 

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Food that is good for the soul at St. Joseph's Care Group #LSNhealth - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

 
Food that is good for the soul at St. Joseph's Care Group #LSNhealth

St. Joseph's Care Group

Through home-cooked meals at St. Joseph's Heritage, Pauline Swanson and Darla Young-Premack (seated) have forged a special friendship, based on trust and compassion

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,   ---  March 24, 2015   ---Two eggs, sunny-side up. Sounds simple, but for Darla Young-Premack and Pauline Swanson, it’s much, much more than just a nourishing breakfast. It’s about trust, friendship and support.

The two women met about eight months ago, when Darla moved into PR Cook Apartments at St. Joseph’s Heritage. Following a brain injury, the 64-year-old isn’t comfortable in her kitchen anymore, and isn’t capable of cooking for herself.

“I decide I want to cook something, then I get to the kitchen and I can’t remember why I’m there, or what it was I was looking for,” she said. “I just can’t do it.”

So, nearly every day, she heads down to the café on the main floor of the Heritage, where Pauline serves her a hot meal, usually breakfast.  The two swap tales and poke fun at each other. It’s the sort of intimate banter usually reserved for long-time friends or family.  

“Being here settles me, this is my family,” said Darla on this particular morning, glancing up from a hefty plate of French toast, cooked ham and hash browns. “I feel safe and calm here. Not to mention she’s a damned good cook. I give her a hard time, but I mostly just want to give her a big hug.” read more ...
Recall Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner #LSNhealth - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Recall Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner #LSNhealth

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner


NORTHFIELD, Ill.
, March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling approximately 242,000 cases of select code dates and manufacturing codes of the Original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner – due to the possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal. The recalled product is limited to the 7.25-oz. size of the Original flavor of boxed dinner with the "Best When Used By" dates of September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015, with the code "C2" directly below the date on each individual box.  The "C2" refers to a specific production line on which the affected product was made.

Some of these products have also been packed in multi-pack units that have a range of different code dates and manufacturing codes on the external packaging (box or shrink-wrap), depending on the package configuration (see table below).

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Room for improvement in pharmaceutical drug regulation #LSNhealth - Sunday, March 15, 2015

Room for improvement in pharmaceutical drug regulation #LSNhealth

pharmaceutical drug regulation

OTTAWA, ON/ THUNDER BAY, ON/ Troy Media/ ---- March 15, 2015   -------  Prescription pharmaceuticals have saved and improved many lives, but they can also be deadly. How can we make sure Canadians get the prescription drugs they need without causing unnecessary harm?

The federal government plays a vital role in pharmaceutical drug regulation. We have many reasons to be proud of the systems for drug safety already in place in Canada. Yet there’s room for significant improvement.

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Paterson Foundation $500,000 Gift to Cyclotron #LSNhealth - Wednesday, March 11, 2015

 
Paterson Foundation $500,000 Gift to Cyclotron  #LSNhealth

Paterson Foundation $500,000 Gift to Cyclotron

Thunder Bay, ON ---– March 11, 2015  -----  Today, standing just outside the bunker of the newly installed Cyclotron in Thunder Bay's the Health Services Centre, Chair of the Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign, Paul Fitzpatrick, welcomed representatives from The Paterson Foundation to announce a spectacular gift to the Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign, specifically directed to the Cyclotron. 

“We were delighted to witness the Cyclotron’s arrival here in Thunder Bay exactly one month ago today,” remarked Donald Paterson, President, The Paterson Foundation. “This incredible equipment is a beacon of hope for cancer patients across Northwestern Ontario, and, indeed, even further afield as the research completed here will, ultimately, guide diagnoses and treatment potentially worldwide. Recognizing the tremendous value of the cyclotron and its potential, the Paterson Foundation would like to issue a challenge to our community to ensure we have the required funds to commission the Cyclotron now that it is here.” read more ...
St. Joseph’s Care Group Honoured for Work in Client-Centred Care #LSNhealth - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

St. Joseph’s Care Group Honoured for Work in Client-Centred Care #LSNhealth

SJCG Ontario’s 20 Faces of Change

  THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -----  March 10, 2015   ----  Jessica Saunders, Client and Community Relations Coordinator at Thunder Bay's,  St. Joseph’s Care Group, has been selected as one of Ontario’s 20 Faces of Change.

The awards were created by The Change Foundation to honour those who have inspired positive client and patient-centred change within the provincial healthcare system.

Saunders, who received the award last night at a ceremony in Toronto, was selected from among 80 submissions.  The 31-year-old calls it “a group achievement.” read more ...
Canadian Food Inspection Agency restriction poultry products Confirmed Avian Influenza Minnesota #L - Friday, March 6, 2015

 
Canadian Food Inspection Agency restriction poultry products 
Confirmed Avian Influenza Minnesota
#LSNhealth

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -----  March 6, 2015  ---New cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in the Avian Flustate of Minnesota. The CFIA advisory to travellers has been updated to reflect this information.


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing measures to protect Canada's poultry resources from an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza reported in poultry in the states of Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, USA.

Travellers should know that, due to this outbreak, all raw poultry and all poultry products and by-products that are not fully cooked, including eggs and raw pet foods, sourced, processed, or packaged from the states of Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington are under restriction until further notice. You may not bring these items into Canada. read more ...
MMR vaccination, doing nothing is the more dangerous choice #LSNhealth - Saturday, February 28, 2015

 
MMR vaccination, doing nothing is the more dangerous choice #LSNhealth

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO / LONDON, ON/ Troy Media/ --- February 28, 2015  ---  Every day when I seBrian Rotenberge patients in my surgical clinic, some are offered a procedure to help them feel better. Whether it is a minor surgery like a tonsillectomy, or something larger scale such as tumour resection, I have a full discussion with the patient regarding the benefits and risks of doing “something.”


Each time I go over the common minor risks of an intervention and the exceedingly rare but potentially very serious risks that can occur. I also review with them the risks of doing “nothing” – of what may happen if they don’t have surgery.

Vaccination is no different. Vaccination involves an injection in order to provoke the body’s immune response to protect against an outside infection. Like all medical therapies, vaccination has both its benefits and its relative risks, and an informed patient or parent needs to balance the two. read more ...
Chief Donny Morris receives OTN Champion of Telemedicine Award #LSNhealth - Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chief Donny Morris receives OTN Champion of Telemedicine Award

Chief Donny Morris receives OTN Champion of Telemedicine Award #LSNhealth

TORONTO, Ontario ----   February 25, 2015 – Chief Donny Morris, of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) community, will receive an Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) Champion of Telemedicine Award tomorrow at the Chiefs of Ontario Health Forum.

OTN provides the technology and support to link patients with care providers when illness or distance makes travel prohibitive. The award will be presented jointly by Ed Brown, CEO, OTN, and Orpah MacKenzie, Director, eHealth Services, Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KOeHealth). In partnership with OTN, KOeHealth delivers holistic, community-driven and culturally appropriate clinical and educational services via videoconferencing to First Nations communities in Ontario. read more ...
Surgical wait times for publicly-funded health services in Canada #LSNhealth - Saturday, February 21, 2015


Surgical wait times for publicly-funded health services in Canada
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THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   February 21, 2014  ---- Public opinion polls show many Canadians worry about
 Neeta Das McMurtry surgical wait times. Anecdotal media reports and heated political debates encourage this worry. Government reports often feature wait time improvements. Some experts claim solutions are within reach and inexpensive, while others call for increased privatization as a solution.

Prepared for EvidenceNetwork.ca by Neeta Das McMurtry

In the midst of all of the data collection and debate, the question remains: Are Canadians waiting too long for surgery?

Who is waiting? What are they waiting for?

Canada still cannot answer either of these questions very well. There are not enough province-wide databases to inform our national wait-time worry.

Most healthcare facilities maintain their own lists. Some provinces have launched centralized lists for some procedures. These databases help minimize surgical wait times because patients from a busy facility can be offered care in other facilities with shorter waiting lists. (See How do we solve the problem?) The Canadian Institutes of Health Information has launched a web database collating regional and facility health data across the country, including surgical wait times.

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Turning healthy people into patients #LSNhealth - Thursday, February 19, 2015

 
Turning healthy people into patients #LSNhealth

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  EDINBURGH, Scotland/ Troy Media/ - Modern medical practice is engaged in a battJohn Frank EvidenceNetworkle, not for hearts and minds, but for the conversion of perfectly healthy people into patients.


However, a substantial majority of these people, labelled “at high risk” of various diseases in the name of prevention, will not benefit despite the significant costs of preventive interventions. In fact, some may be harmed.

This “medicalization” of healthy persons, especially after mid-life, arises largely from ever lower cut-offs for treatment of risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (CVD) – heart attacks and strokes. Modest elevations of blood pressure and blood cholesterol, for example, typically cause no symptoms until they have been present for decades. Over-treatment of these risk factors can do more harm than good.

For example, controversy on both sides of the Atlantic surrounds new thresholds for cholesterol treatment, which recommend the statin family of drugs be taken indefinitely and daily for one quarter to one-third of the healthy older-adult population. read more ...
Controlled substances score linked to health outcomes #LSNhealth - Monday, February 16, 2015


Controlled substances score linked to health outcomes  #LSNhealth

ST. PAUL, Minn.
, Feb. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In the past decade, drug overdose deaths have more than doubled and over 50 percent Prime Therapeutics LLCwere related to prescription drugs.1 To help curb this growing epidemic, Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime) uses a controlled substance (CS) score that identifies high risk CS drug use. Through analysis of the CS score, Prime found a significant association between CS scores and health outcomes (hospitalizations and emergency room visits), CS drug costs, and total cost of care.

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End-of-life care in Canada needs another look - Saturday, February 14, 2015

 
End-of-life care in Canada needs another look

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO / TORONTO, ON/ Troy Media/ -February 14, 2014  ---   The long overdue public, medical, y Charles Wright Troy Media legal and political debate on end-of-life care is now well underway in Canada. Medical journals and the general press are commenting regularly on the subject, the Canadian Medical Association is changing its ethics guidelines, Quebec has decriminalized assisted dying and the Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled that the law banning assisted suicide is unconstitutional (which means an assisted suicide law must be drafted by our legislators soon).


One of the most difficult and poorly understood issues in end-of-life care is the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Surveys of the general public’s knowledge about the success rate of CPR reveal a wide gap between the perception and the reality. Two major factors are responsible for this misapprehension: public education by TV programs rather than by accurate medical information, and the fact that CPR has come into common hospital practice, even in very inappropriate circumstances. Let’s take a look at the facts.

The techniques used for CPR were developed 50 years ago to deal with the fatal abnormal heart rhythm with cessation of blood circulation, often caused by a major heart attack. The brain can only survive three to four minutes when there is no blood circulation so the only hope for survival is prompt application of chest compressions and artificial respiration. read more ...
TBRHSC Traveling Painting #LSNhealth - Thursday, February 12, 2015

 
 TBRHSC Traveling Painting   #LSNhealth

Thunder Bay, ON  February 12, 2015  ----  One special painting is raising funds to advance patient care at Thunder Bay Regional Health  TBRHSC Traveling Painting Colleen RoseSciences Centre (TBRHSC) – for the third time.


The painting’s triple-play of fundraising started last summer when Colleen Rose, art teacher at Nipigon-Red Rock District High School, set up in the lobby of TBRHSC to paint for money – art busking she called it, just like street entertainers. She collected donations from passersby, many of whom stopped by to talk about the painting, a recreation of a photo Colleen took of the icy shore of Lake Superior. She donated her art busking funds to the Health Sciences Foundation’s Exceptional Cancer Care campaign.

In honour of three people, friends and family who had battled cancer, Colleen donated her finished painting to the Health Sciences Foundation to be auctioned off at the 2014 Tbaytel Luncheon of Hope. read more ...
Successful obesity management requires realistic and sustainable treatment strategies - Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Successful obesity management requires realistic and sustainable treatment strategies 

WINNIPEG, MB/ Troy Media/  -----  February 11, 2015  ---- There has been a dramatic increase in the number of Canadians living with Carolyn Shimminobesity over the past few decades and it is often cited as a risk factor for other chronic health conditions including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer. This means that obesity is frequently a hot topic in the news. But media stories often miss the mark when it comes to informing Canadians about the complex factors that lead to obesity.


What we know is that obesity is both a chronic and often progressive condition. Research has identified a number of factors associated with obesity including: physical activity, diet, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, immigration and environmental factors, which all interconnect in complex ways and patterns. This means that while the root cause of weight gain may be a reduction in metabolic rate, overeating or a reduction in physical activity, secondary factors such as biological (e.g., genetics), psychological (e.g., depression) and/or socioeconomic (e.g., poverty) may also pose significant barriers to weight management.

So the short term, ‘quick-fix’ solutions often espoused by shows like The Biggest Loser – focusing on maximum weight loss in a minimum amount of time – are generally unsustainable in the long term and associated with high rates of weight regain. Experts point to the fact that successful obesity management requires realistic and sustainable treatment strategies read more ...
Free app helps patients self-administer medications safely - Sunday, February 8, 2015





Free app helps patients self-administer medications safely

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, / MONTREAL, QC/ Troy Media/ February 8, 2015 ---- -  It is estimated that as many as half of all medications are not taken as prescribed  Maureen Smith lives with a rare Russell Williams Lake Superior Newsdisorder known as Congenital Panhypopituitarism.

Affecting one in every 200,000 people, Congenital Panhypopituitarism is a condition where the pituitary gland fails to produce growth hormone and, as the master gland, stimulate all the endocrine hormones, regulate body functions like metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, and mood.

The condition had a severe impact on Maureen’s quality of life until she got on a regime of medications that enabled her to trade in her walker for running shoes, and quite frankly saved her life.

To ensure she gets the medications she needs to replace the hormones her body doesn’t produce, Maureen uses a free app called MyMedRec.

Based on the web platform Knowledge is the Best Medicine (KiBM), MyMedRec, – available for the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry 10 – empowers people to use their smartphones as a tool to better manage a wide range of information that will help them and their healthcare professionals administer their medications safely and appropriately. MyMedRec’s easy-to-use interface puts medication and immunization information at a person’s fingertips, helping Canadians take better control of their healthcare.

“I manage multiple medications that I take six times throughout the day,” says Maureen, who lives in Ottawa. “The best feature of the app is its adaptability; there are so many options, you can really personalize it to meet your needs.”

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Should Doctors Refuse to Treat Children who are not vaccinated? - Saturday, February 7, 2015

 

Should Doctors Refuse to Treat Children who are not vaccinated?

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, /EDMONTON, AB/ Troy Media/ - A number of paediatricians in California have begun to refuse to see children whose  Michael Flood Troy Mediaparents will not get them vaccinated. Amid the biggest outbreak of measles in the United States in 15 years, they say, they cannot risk the health of their other patients in their practice being exposed to measles, pertussis, or other potentially fatal or permanently crippling childhood illnesses.


For the paediatricians this is a "tough love" approach, an attempt to convince those opposed to vaccines to rethink their position and look again at the evidence. Others, including the American Academy of Paediatricians, are worried they may be violating medical ethics in refusing treatments.

At first look such cases appear to be shocking breaches of ethics and of the trust society places in doctors. Surely it is the parents' fault and not the child's - why then should the child suffer and be refused access to other medical services? Every ethical code of every professional medical body in the world places the best interests of the patient first and foremost. Are the paediatricians right to refuse to see patients whose parents refuse to vaccinate them? read more ...
St Joseph's Innovative Research Centre Launched - Friday, February 6, 2015

 
St Joseph's Innovative Research Centre Launched

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---     February 6, 2015   ----  Friday, St. Joseph’s Care Group launched a new Centre for Applied Health  Michel BédardResearch (CAHR), strengthening its commitment to client care by bringing together leading-edge clinicians and researchers.


“Looking around the room today at the increased number of displays, I can’t help but think: what a long way we’ve come,” says Tracy Buckler, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Care Group. “This Centre has been years in the making and the time is right to launch at today’s anniversary of our Research Showcase.”

The announcement was made during the 10th Annual Showcase of Health Research, a one-day research event hosted by the Research Department at St. Joseph’s Care Group (SJCG), at the Best Western Plus Nor’Wester Hotel and Conference Centre.  And it was a full house, with 180 participants registered.

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Jasper Place Recognized with National ‘Caring Community Award - Friday, February 6, 2015

 
Jasper Place Recognized with National ‘Caring Community Award

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ----- February 3, 2015 – Jasper Place Home for the Aged,  Thunder Bay,  was presented with the national Caring Community Award from Canada Cares this past November for their successful Support Services Program.

Canada Cares, a not-for-profit organization that builds multi-disciplinary, multi-sector partnerships focused on promoting and supporting fJasper Place Staff amily and professional caregivers and the important role they play in our society, chose Jasper Place as part of their coast-to-coast search for the most caring and supportive facilities and programs.  
 
l-r: Laura Chard, Susan Deeley, Cheryl Tilbury, and Kelley Sutton, Support Service Workers at Jasper Place, join tenant Fran Trochimchuk (centre) to celebrate the National Caring Community Award bestowed to the Jasper Place Support Services Program. read more ...
Are you and your loved ones Storm Ready? - Monday, February 2, 2015

Are you and your loved ones Storm Ready? 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ----  February 2, 2015  ---  That is the amount of time you should be St Joseph's Care Group personally prepared for in case of a power outage, disaster or emergency, residents were told Thursday at a Personal Preparedness Workshop at Sister Leila Greco Apartments (SLGA).


For Pearl Dicks, 91, this information is crucial to her safety. “It’s very important to me to come to this information session,” she said.

Her daughter Marsha Tetreault agreed. “I think it reinforced to residents that these are things they should think about, and if emergencies do happen, to know what they need to do.”

More than 40 people attended the workshop, open to all SLGA residents and delivered by staff from the Red Cross Disaster Management Program in partnership with St. Joseph’s Care Group (SJCG).

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Most Canadians don’t understand food nutrition labels - Thursday, January 29, 2015

 
Most Canadians don’t understand food nutrition labels

VANCOUVER, BC, and MONTREAL, QC/ Troy Media/ ---  January 29, 2015  ---   With January coming to an end, in Thunder Bay, those of us in who vowed to eat John Millar Lake Superior Newsbetter in 2015 have probably already given up. That’s not surprising, considering that most people grossly underestimate both the amount of calories they consume, and their fat, salt and sugar consumption, even after consulting nutrition labels.


According to Statistics Canada, half of women and about seven in 10 men in Canada consume more calories than needed and as many as 25 per cent have fat intakes above the recommended value.

The truth is, even when Canadians want to make healthier choices, many don’t know how to begin. And our food labels don’t help.

Studies show that most Canadians don’t comprehend the per cent daily value or the variety of units (g, ml, percentages) common on food nutrition labels. One Canadian study showed that less than half of participants could identify the number of calories in a soft-drink bottle even after consulting the nutritional labels. Half of participants who saw a “110 calories per serving” label believed this was the number of calories for the entire bottle, when, in fact, the bottle in question contained several servings (264 calories).

Pre-packaged foods in Canada are required to display a nutrition facts table. But regulation does not apply to foods served in restaurants, and serving sizes are not standardized and front-of-packaging logos and health claims are mostly unregulated.
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Canadian baby boom years different than USA still time to plan - Saturday, January 24, 2015


Canadian baby boom years different than USA still time to plan 

THUNDER BAY , ONTARIO / Troy Media/ -  January 24, 2015  --As a retired demographer, I do indeed tire of the endless articles in the Robert Brown Troy Media Canadian press that either just quote U.S.-based stories about the baby boom or make the incorrect assumption that the Canadian baby boom mirrored that south of the border.

Defining the Canadian baby boom as being parallel to that in the United States is both wrong and dangerous.

While it is fairly accurate to define the U.S. baby boom as having taken place in the period between 1946 and 1964, that is definitely not true for Canada. When one graphs the number of live births in Canada, it is quite clear that the “boom” years went from 1952 to 1965 (inclusive). Those are also the only years in Canadian history when live births in Canada exceeded 400,000. Interestingly, the number of live births in Canada has not exceeded 400,000 since 1965 despite our rapidly growing base population.

Our baby boom births peaked in 1959 versus 1957 for the U.S. The number of live births in Canada in 1946 was 343,504 – well below our 400,000 criterion.
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St. Ignatius High School Visit LPH - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

 
St. Ignatius High School Visit LPH

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   ----    January 21,  2015  ----  For the first time in history, a Grade 11 high school "class" was held at Lakehead St. Ignatius High School Visit LPHPsychiatric Hospital (LPH). Twenty-six students from St. Ignatius High School crossed Algoma Street for a lesson on mental health and addictions issues, a tour of LPH, as well as an afternoon visit to Sister Margaret Smith Centre and St. Joseph's Health Centre.


The day-long field trip is part of a plan by St. Joseph's Care Group (SJCG) to embed mental health course work and modules into school curricula. The hope is that this "education day" is the first of more to come.

"We really wanted to plant the seed," said Janet Sillman, VP Addictions & Mental Health at SJCG. "Through education, we want to reduce stigma and to increase public awareness of mental health and addiction issues and services."

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St Joeseph Care Group Helping Others - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

 
St Joeseph Care Group Helping Others

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   ---   January 13, 2015  ----   Our People Helping Others The Zihuatanejo Equipment Project: A chance meeting on Glenn Bersta beach in Mexico was all it took to start an international act of kindness and goodwill for long-time St. Joseph’s Care Group (SJCG) employee Glenn Berst.  


The Director of Building Services was on vacation with his family when he and his wife Cheryl struck up a casual conversation with a stranger. The Bersts just happened to mention that their daughter, a medical student, wanted to visit the local hospital.

As luck would have it, the woman they were talking to knew someone who could make it happen, thus setting off a two-year chain of events that culminated in June 2014 with the delivery of a shipping container of much-needed healthcare equipment and supplies to Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

During the hospital tour, Berst quickly saw that much of the equipment that SJCG retires and disposes of through MEMO was newer and in much better condition than what was in use in Mexico.

MEMO stands for Medical Equipment Modernization Opportunity, a local organization that collects and ships retired medical equipment and supplies to Cuba and El Salvador.
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Personal Support Workers Opportunities

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -----   November 27, 2014    ---   St. Joseph's Care Group and Confederation College working together to meet high demand for Personal Support Workers As a Personal SuPSW St Joesph's Care Grouppport Worker, Shane Hintikka (right) is able to combine his two passions: helping others, and caring for seniors. He recently helped Bethammi Nursing Home resident Mary Keatley celebrate her 100th birthday.

St. Joseph’s Care Group (SJCG) is working collaboratively with Confederation College to meet the growing demand for Personal Support Workers (PSWs) in Northwestern Ontario.

PSWs help people with the tasks of daily living, such as home management, personal care, family responsibilities, social and recreational activities.  As unregulated healthcare providers, PSWs work under the supervision of Registered Nurses or Registered Practical Nurses in hospital, community and long-term care home settings.

“We anticipate that by this time next year, we will need approximately 40 additional PSWs in our organization alone,” said Tracy Buckler, SJCG’s President & CEO. “I encourage anyone who is interested in a fulfilling career to consider becoming a PSW. It’s a satisfying job, where you can help people live with dignity and respect.  Health Lake Superior News  read more.....>

 
Every Breath Counts support group celebrates its first meeting

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---    November 24, 2014  ---  On average, we take about 16 breaths a minute. That works out to 960 an hour, 23,040 a day and more than eight million a  Every Breath Counts support groupyear. Most of us do this without thinking. But for someone living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the simple task of breathing can be a challenge – every minute, every hour, every day.


A disease of the lungs, COPD is often silent – people can have it for years without knowing, until suddenly, they can’t breathe.

Calvin Young clearly remembers that day. One minute he was breathing normally. The next, he was gasping for air.

“Your lungs can just quit that quickly,” Young says. “You don’t know why you can’t breathe, but it’s severe enough that you have to seek medical assistance. Just that quickly, your life can change, and it’s scary.” Health Lake Superior News  read more....>

 
RADON TEST KITS IN DEMAND

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---   October 20, 2014  ---  The recent announcement of a radon study by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit has homeowners anxious to have their Julia Prinselaarhomes tested for radon. The 500 free test kits offered by the health unit were snapped up in just a few days. In response to the demand, EcoSuperior has brought in a supply of the test kits that are for sale at their Red River Road office.


“Until now, many people were unaware of the risks of radon in this area,” says EcoSuperior Executive Director, Ellen Mortfield. “Other retailers offer the kits, but here in our office we can also offer additional literature from Health Canada and trained staff who can answer people’s questions.”

Radon is an invisible, odourless gas that is naturally present in some soils.  It can seep into homes through cracks and openings in the foundation, including open sump pits.Health Lake Superior News read more....>

 
TBDHU launch of the season’s first flu clinic

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ----   October 20, 2014 ------ Today, at the launch of the season’s first flu clinic, the Health Unit is reminding the public to inFLUence others to get the flu Thunder Bay District Health Unitshot to protect you, your family and the ones you care for from the virus. At the high-risk clinic held at the Italian Cultural Centre, Dr. Williams, medical officer of health for the District, reminded the crowd that getting the flu shot early in the season will boost the body’s natural immunity to fight the flu and is one way to keep a step ahead of the virus that causes illness and death each year.


“The flu is a serious respiratory illness that can lead to pneumonia. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent influenza, so get the flu shot. Get it early. Encourage those around you to get it too,” says Williams. “It can take up to 2 weeks to build up immunity against the virus. The earlier a person receives their flu shot, the sooner their body can make the antibodies to fight off the flu and prevent spreading it to others.” 
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There will be a flu Clinic in Victoriaville Centre on Thursday October 23rd 10 to 3 p.m.

TBRH Outstanding Emergency Department Performance 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----  October 2, 2014 ----– The Ministry of Health and Long-Term care has recognized the Emergency Department (ED) at Thunder Bay Regional Health Dr. Dave Mutrie, Medical Program Director, Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) for “its commitment to reducing provincial wait times and improving emergency care for the people of Ontario”.


“On behalf of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, we are pleased to recognize the outstanding Emergency Department performance that has been achieved at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Your hospital has maintained the lowest 90th percentile for ED Length of Stay (LOS) within the Teaching Hospital-Community Hospital Group in 2013,” wrote Nancy Naylor, Assistant Deputy Minister.

Dr. Dave Mutrie, Medical Program Director, Trauma/Service Director, Emergency & Critical Care at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Emergency Department Length of Stay is defined as the time from triage or registration, whichever comes first, to the time the patient leaves the ED, either to be admitted to hospital or discharged. 

TBRHSC’s ED is the second busiest in Canada with over 111,000 patient visits per year. Health Lake Superior News read more.....>

 

Green Werks Garden at St. Joseph's Care Group

THUNDER BAY, ON  ------- August 27, 2014  ---Green Werks Garden at St. Joseph's Care Group is celebrating another successful harvest. The Green Werks Garden produces Green Werks Garden at St. Joseph's Care Grouporganically-grown vegetables and provides employment experience for consumers of mental health services. This year, the Care Group will start using seasonal produce from the garden in its cafeteria and catering menus.

 

Green thumbs are enhancing food services at St. Joseph's Care Group in Thunder Bay.



Organic vegetables and herbs grown in a co-op garden behind Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital (LPH) will be used in cafeteria and catering fare, served up at St. Joseph’s Hospital and LPH. Health Lake Superior News
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Chia Seeds Recalled Due to Salmonella

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  June 20, 2014 -  As of June 16, there have been 26 confirmed cases of salmonella within Ontario and additional cases in both Canada and the US. The Health Unit iThunder Bay District Health Units currently investigating two local salmonella cases that are likely associated with this food recall.  



As the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) continues its food safety investigation into chia seed products that may be contaminated with salmonella, the Health Unit would like to remind residents of Thunder Bay and District to check their homes for any recalled products.







 Please visit the CFIA’s website - inspection.gc.ca - and look for the list of recalled products under “Highlights” on the main page. Because this list is updated daily, the public is advised to revisit the page as the investigation continues. If a product on the recall list is found within the home, it is recommended that it be discarded or returned to the store where it was purchased. Health Lake Superior News read more.....>

 



KC- 3 on 3 Hockey Tourney

THUNDER BAY, ON ---  March 25, 2014  ---- Camp Quality NWO   is very pleased to be partnering again with the organizers of the KC- 3 on 3 Hockey Tourney, April 10-13. Camp Qualityhttp://kcmha.ca/  This event will welcome over 80 teams of  8-15 year olds from throughout NW Ontario and takes place at the Tournament Centre and Fort William First Nations Arena. Through program advertising and sales, auctions, draws and donations Camp Quality hopes to raise over $10,000!  Over the last 5 years over $35,000 has been raised for Camp Quality through this tournament. It is indeed a chance for “kids to help kids”.





Connor McKinnon will be playing his 5th Knights of Columbus 3 on 3 Tourney and this July; this hockey and cancer champion will be at Camp Quality NW for his 6th year. Cancer has not beaten this young man and hockey keeps him and his family busy with 2-3 practices/week, games and tournaments with the Neebing Hawks Peewee A’s.  Hockey and Camp Quality has helped them keep their mind off the constant worry of his cancer. Connor’s parents, Kelli & Brad, say that, ”Hockey is used for his rehabilitation not just physically but also mentally as he gets to be a "normal kid" out on the ice. The kids treat him like any other child that plays hockey and he loves that.” Connor expresses his love for the water sports at Camp Quality’s summer camp and he enjoys being a prankster too. He is seen at camp “playing hard” with the same passion as he puts into his sport. 



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 Homer Simpson "You Don't Win Friends With Salad!"



THUNDER BAY, ON  ---- February 22, 2014 ----Ontario's Healthy Menu Program is a Disaster for School Cafeterias When Dalton McGuinty first announced the program to School Food remove deep-fried foods and meals high in fat, sugar, and sodium from high school cafeterias, it was treated like a silver bullet to address growing obesity levels.





Of course, the government did not consider the simple fact that high school students have a choice. They are not forced to stay on campus to eat. When cafeterias stopped serving the kinds of foods teenagers like to eat, those teenagers simply got in their cars, on their bikes or walked to the places that did serve their favourite foods.







Is it really that surprising that students prefer inexpensive fast-food meals like a burger and fries, instead of overpriced and smaller portioned salads from government-approved cafeteria menus? Like Homer Simpson taught his daughter Lisa, “You don’t win friends with salad!” And the government’s healthy menus program is certainly not winning any friends in Ontario’s high schools.  Health Lake Superior News  read more....>

 



Ordinary Woman, Extraordinary Dreams

Thunder Bay, ON ------- February 17, 2014 – ---  Ordinary Woman, Extraordinary Dreams, an inspirational documentary about the challenges faced by individuals and their families living with physical disabilities in remote northern communities, will be screened on Tuesday, February 18 at 1:00 p.m.  Confederation College, Thunder Bay, Ontario,  will present this free, public event in the Student Commons Area by SUCCI in the Shuniah building, 1450 Nakina Drive.





In attendance will be Maggie Sofea whose story is being told (with the expertise of Jim Hyder who directed Ordinary Woman, Extraordinary Dreams). Ms. Sofea is also featured in the documentary and acts as a collaborating director and co-writer.







This documentary tells the remarkable story of Maggie Sofea, a 23 year-old Anishinaabe (Aboriginal) woman who has used a wheelchair for the past 12 years as a result of a swimming injury. This injury occurred during her family’s annual camping trip outside Nibinamik (Summer Beaver), Ontario. Unable to live in her community (reserve) after her accident, Maggie has adapted to urban life in Thunder Bay, ON. The documentary follows Maggie's dramatic and challenging journey back home to Nibinamik, to the scene of her injury.







Maggie Sofea is a young woman - in her own words “an ordinary woman with extraordinary dreams.”  One of her dreams is to become a filmmaker. Maggie says her goal with this film is “to reach the general public - but especially young people. I hope the film shows that nothing is impossible… follow your dreams.”  







Director Jim Hyder notes that “this is a story on how difficult this trip will be…” Getting Maggie to Summer Beaver for filming was an extraordinary feat. The struggle and the uncertainty of being able to make the final leg of her journey by boat, is part of the story. The film touches on the high rates of suicide amongst aboriginal youth, an issue which has affected Maggie deeply. Over the years she has lost seven cousins to suicide, including Dawn Starr, who saved Maggie’s life the day of the accident. Health Lake Superior News read more....>

5th Annual Caribou Charity Ride Celebrates Milestone Year

THUNDER BAY, ON ----   September , 15, 2013 --- It seems hard to imagine that, only five short years ago, the Thunder Bay, Ontario Caribou Charity Ride was first 5th Annual Caribou Charity Rideestablished.  In its first year, the Ride raised $10,160 for the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.  Now in its fifth year, the Ride has, remarkably, reached a new single year fundraising total for the event – bringing in $42,000, with a five-year total of approximately $145,000.  100% of funds raised stay in Northwestern Ontario.

 “Each year we keep setting our goal higher and higher,” said Event Co-Chair Jeff Hupka.  “The riders and sponsors who join us for this event each understand the significance of the funds raised.  There’s not one person on this Ride who hasn’t been affected by cancer in some way and I know we all feel extremely proud to support our Regional Cancer Program to ensure that patients and families have access to exceptional cancer care close to home.”  Health Lake Superior News read more ......>

The Roar Continues – Fighting Prostate Cancer

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----- June 17, 2013  ---  The roar of over 275 motorcycles simultaneously starting their engines at 9:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning can mean only one thing – the Fighting Prostate Cancerfight continues.  Prostate cancer in Northwestern Ontario took another hit today from the 13th annual BELL Motorcycle Ride for Dad.    

Photo (MRFD 02): Riders make the turn onto the Harbour Expressway as part of the morning's parade throughout Thunder Bay.

   Thunder Bay’s most popular motorcycle event isn’t just about having a great time, it’s about making a difference for men in Northwestern Ontario.  This year’s event brought in $76,391, bringing the thirteen-year total to $817,461.  “Each year this event continues to grow and reaffirms the commitment of our community in supporting the men in our families,” said Glenn Craig, President and CEO of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.  “What better way is there to celebrate Father’s Day than by raising funds to ensure our fathers, grandfathers, brothers, uncles have the best opportunity to survive prostate cancer.”

 John Pascuzzo earned the title of top pledge earner, collecting $3,765 in pledges.  David Valente won the top poker hand with a 4 of a kind, kings.  Health Lake Superior News read more.....>

New partnership between TBRHSC and Cancer Care Ontario







THUNDER BAY, ON --- December 12, 2011 – Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s (TBRHSC) Cancer Program Rick Skinnerhas been selected by Cancer Care Ontario, an agency of the Ontario Government and the Government’s cancer advisor, to host parts of its Quality Assurance Services Team in Information Technology Development Services.

The new partnership will mean new development and software testing opportunities in information systems to ensure the quality of CCO solutions used within the cancer system. It will also mean 6 new permanent jobs in Thunder Bay. Partners include: Cancer Care Ontario, TBRHSC, Regional Cancer Care Northwest, and the Business Development Team at Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI), Province of Ontario, City of Thunder Bay’s Community Economic Development Commission, Lakehead University, and Confederation College.







“This new partnership between TBRHSC and CCO will enhance our development and software testing of information management solutions in cancer care,” says Rick Skinner, Vice-President and Chief Information Officer at Cancer Care Ontario. “This is also an opportunity to collaborate with our regional partners. We also know we can recruit and retain very good Quality Assurance staff in Thunder Bay. Health Lake Superior News 
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Two research teams win prestigious provincial “2011 Quality and Innovation Awards







Thunder Bay, ON   ----  Dec. 9, 2011 – Two research teams from the Northwest were recognized at the 2011 Quality and Innovation Awards Dr. Ingeborg Zehbepresented by Cancer Quality Council of Ontario (CQCO), Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), and the Ontario Division of the Canadian Cancer Society.

The Quality and Innovation Awards are given each year. This year two of the four awards were given to the teams from the Northwest. The annual awards honour organizations that have made significant contributions to quality and innovation in cancer care across Ontario including efforts in areas of cancer prevention.

 “The awards recognize the development of new processes, products, or programs which are bold and experimental and which enhance cancer care in Ontario,” says Pat Lang, Board Member of Cancer Care Ontario and representative from the Northwest. “This year’s recipients have demonstrated measurable evidence of their impact on quality improvement across the cancer care system.”  Health Lake Superior Newsread more......>

Christmas donations support Emergency, Critical Care and Trauma Services







THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  December 7, 2011  ---  “Christmas is a time to celebrate with friends and family,” says Health Sciences Centre Executive VP Rhonda Crocker Ellacott, Allstate Insurance Agency Manager Tony Bossio and Health Sciences Foundation President & CEO Glenn Craig launch the 2011 Christmas Appeal in support of Emergency, Trauma and Critical Care. Bossio presented a $1,000 donation to kick-start the campaignGlenn Craig, President & CEO, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. “This Christmas season we are reminded that there is nothing more important than the health of our loved ones. Your donation ensures that exceptional healthcare is available to them, when it’s needed most.”

Last year, over 100,000 people turned to the Emergency Department of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in need of care. The Health Sciences Foundation is encouraging the people of Northwestern Ontario to support the Emergency, Critical Care, and Trauma services that save lives on a daily basis.

“Our Emergency Department is one of the busiest in the country. Despite the extreme demand for service, we have shorter wait times than the provincial average for non-admitted patients,” explains Rhonda Crocker Ellacott, Executive VP, Patient Care, Health Professions & Chief Nursing Executive , Health Sciences Centre. “In order to continue to provide the best care possible, we must meet a constant need to replace aging equipment and purchase new, leading-edge, life-saving technologies for patient care. Your donations make that possible.” Health Lake Superior News  read more....>



New name and a New look







THUNDER BAY, ON ---  November 30, 2011  -- A new name and a new look for an important local program aimed at helping to address issues BIWEAASE’AA Programaround child poverty was launched today by Shkoday Abinojiiwak Obimiwedoon (SAO) at its Community Stakeholders Forum.

Aimed at expressing the belief in and hope for the future of the program by SAO and its partners, the former Neighbourhood Capacity Building Project (NCBP) was renamed BIWAASE’AA (BIH–WAH–SAY-AH) in a ceremony held this morning to launch the forum. 

While there are various interpretations for BIWAASE’AA, Elder Agnes Hardy explained that it speaks to that early part of the day when the sun is coming up and there is a feeling of hope in people’s hearts.  In launching BIWAASE’AA today at the beginning of the forum, she said, the organizers are expressing their hope that they will all be able to work together to ensure the future sustainability of this important initiative. Health Lake Superior News   read more.....>

ARE YOUR KIDS CAUGHT IN THE NET?







WINNIPEG, MB – November 26, 2011  ---  Zoe and Molly Online comic books helping teach kids to stay safe online Canadian Centre for Child ProtectionWhile the Internet offers many benefits, there remain risks for children - from inappropriate material to offenders trying to lure them online. To help parents and educators teach kids how to not get caught in the net, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and Shaw Communications Inc. have distributed Zoe and Molly Online safety kits to schools free-of-charge across Western Canada.

“Children are on the Internet at an early age, and it’s important that parents discuss the risks and ensure their children understand the importance of not sharing their personal information online,” said Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. “The Zoe and Molly Online initiative is designed to help parents and educators bridge this important conversation in a non-threatening way. It encourages children to trust their instincts and speak to a safe adult before they share information or if they encounter inappropriate material online.” Health Lake Superior News  read more.....>

NAN REGION’S FOOD SYSTEM CHALLENGES







THUNDER BAY, ON   ----   October 25, 2011  ---   Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy says Stan Beardyaccess to nutritious and well-balanced foods at affordable rates, is essential for the physical and mental well-being of communities.  Today, NAN launched a three-day Food Symposium with the purpose of connecting individuals from across NAN territory to collectively address the region’s food system challenges, while finding shared community-based solutions.

“Given the current conditions regarding food shortages and high pricing of food in NAN territory and around the world, NAN continues to assist communities in finding solutions,” said NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy.  “By working to address concerns related to diabetes, childhood obesity, affordability of healthy foods, and the sustainability of traditional food systems, we create a more healthy future for our generations to come.” Health Lake Superior News  read more....>

Thunder Bay attracts a world leading MRI Research Scientist







THUNDER BAY, ON ----   September 30, 2011  – Today the medical research community in the Northwest welcomes Dr. Mitchell Alberttwo new recruits to the region: Dr. Mitchell Albert is the first-ever Lakehead University/Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute Research Chair; and Mr. Scott Gillis holds a dual role as Director of Business Development and Commercialization for TBRRI and MaRS Innovation.

 “This is certainly an exciting moment for Thunder Bay. Not only are we recruiting doctors and nurses to our region, we are also seeing leaders in medical research, science, and healthcare commercialization coming to our community,” says Keith Hobbs, Mayor of Thunder Bay.

Dr. Albert holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry and was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. He moved to Thunder Bay from Boston earlier this summer. He is an expert and specialist in hyperpolarized (HP) noble gas MRI: an advanced MRI technique used to image the brain and lungs. Hyperpolarized gas MRI is safe, and has proven extremely effective for diagnosing diseases of lungs, including asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). As a joint Lakehead University/TBRRI Research Chair, Dr. Albert is continuing to develop and optimize hyperpolarized gas MRI technologies, including hyperpolarized xenon MRI which can be used to image stroke and cancer in addition to the lungs. Dr. Albert is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at Lakehead University and will be making both research and teaching contributions to the new PhD program in Chemistry and Materials Science. Health Lake Superior News  read more......>







 MARTEN FALLS FIRST NATION TO COMBAT PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE







OGOKI POST, ON ---  September 19, 2011  --- Marten Falls First Nation is one of many northern First Nations who Marten Fallsare dealing with an unprecedented rate of opiate addiction attributed to a misused prescription drug known as OxyContin. In 2009, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Chiefs-in-Assembly unanimously passed a resolution declaring a State of Emergency as a result of the prescription drug epidemic.  In a statement made earlier this year to Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, Chief Eli Moonias said: “This drug’s effects can be highly destructive when misused.   It debilitates the whole community”. Marten Falls is north east of Thunder Bay.

Marten Falls First Nation Chief and Council today welcome members of an independent Treatment Team and Health Canada’s First Nation and Inuit Health representatives to initiate the planning for a community-based clinical withdrawal management program to help community members with opiate addiction.  They are joined by Joe Gaboury, Director of Aboriginal Affairs for Cliffs Natural Resources Inc., an international mining company, who will cover the costs for the first program.  Joe Gaboury stated, “We are so concerned that we have decided to invest some of our money in having a healthy, capable workforce coming from this northern community.  We have made this a priority for our business.”  Health Lake Superior News read more.....>







 Caribou Charity Ride Ready to Roll

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  August 16, 2011  ---  After 2 successful years, the Thunder Bay, Caribou Caribou Charity Ride Ready to RollCharity Ride is getting ready for another great day. This year, the event will take place on September 11, 2011.

“Nearly everyone has been touched by cancer in some way,” says event organizer Jeff Hupka. “In light of this, the Caribou Charity Ride was created to motivate everyone - from the average weekend warrior, to accomplished cyclists - to challenge themselves while helping bring the best in cancer care, education, and prevention to Northwestern Ontario.” Health Lake Superior  Newsread more....>

With A Little Help from His Friends

THUNDER BAY, ON -----  June 9, 2011  ----Michael is dying from cancer, and friends are very important Michael Antcliffto him. When he looks back at his life, he judges its value not by the money he has made or the success he has achieved, but rather by the relationships he has built with the people he cares for the most. Now, Michael is looking to his friends to help him achieve his goal of raising funds to help provide care and comfort for others in his position.

All donations support the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation and remain in Northwestern Ontario to advance care for cancer patients. The Foundation’s goal is to raise enough money to name a patient waiting room in Michael’s memory.

Through the “I Owe Michael Antcliffe $10” page on Facebook, Michael is hoping to find the support of friends both locally and around the world to join him in his battle against cancer. The cost of joining Michael on his journey is only ten dollars, but the value of being his friend is much more—Michael is asking you to volunteer to have a friend whose life is taken by cancer.  Health Lake Superior  News read more.....>

 

Roar for the Cure prostate cancer

THUNDER BAY, ON ------ April 23, 2013 --- The fight against prostate cancer in Northwestern Ontario will continue on Saturday, June 15, 2013 with the 13th Roar for the Cure prostate cancerannual BELL Motorcycle Ride for Dad. Over 300 motorcycles will "Roar for the Cure" as the event kicks off at 9:30 am at the Victoria Inn on the day before Father’s Day. Participants then enjoy a parade along Arthur St and the Expressway, a scenic Poker Run in and around the city and a silent auction.

On June 15, everyone is welcome to watch the "Roar for the Cure" at The Victoria Inn.

In photo (left to right) are: Constable John Whitehurst, Thunder Bay Police; Kerri Spooner, Regional Vice President of Sales, Ontario, Bell; Staff Sergeant Ken Manty, Ontario Provincial Police; Clint Harris, Director, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation Board of Directors; Ted Ciotucha, Committee Member, BELL Motorcycle Ride for Dad Organizing Committee; Dr. Sunil Gulavita, Head and Coordinator, Radiation Therapy Operational Network, Regional Cancer Care Northwest (TBRHSC)

A pre-registration BBQ will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at CARSTAR Collision Centre. Participants registering at this event will qualify to win a prize generously donated by CARSTAR Collision Centre.  Health Lake Superior News read more.....>

15th Annual Elekta Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction

THUNDER BAY, ON ------ April 12, 2013 ----- Women of Northwestern Ontario have, once Bachelors for Hope Charity Auctionagain, stepped up to the plate in a big way. Last night’s Elekta Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction raised $100,906 – surpassing its goal of $100,000 and bringing the 15-year total to $850,217. The event supports the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. The event raised $96,906 after the completion of the auction, but an additional $4,000 donation from Gerry Hogue, Michael Power, Trevor McCartney and Chris Jowsey of Elekta pushed the final total over our goal.

“I’m absolutely amazed,” said Athena Kreiner, Manager, Annual Giving at the Health Sciences Foundation. “When the committee set its goal this year, we knew it was an ambitious target. I think it speaks to the importance of our cause – ensuring that women in Northwestern Ontario have access to the latest equipment to detect, diagnose and treat breast cancer. Health Lake Superior News read more....>

Cataract surgeries on hold Thunder Bay Regional

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  February 25, 2013  ---  Cataract surgeries at Thunder Bay Regional Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences CentreHealth Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) are postponed until the next fiscal year begins on April 1, 2013. As of February 20, 2013, 1,817 cataract surgeries have been performed at TBRHSC - 38 procedures more than the funded level.

Although the delay impacts access to care for patients, it is not expected to strongly affect wait times for cataract surgery. “Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre performs well above the provincial target of 182 days for cataract surgery wait times,” explains Lori Marshall, Acting Executive Vice President, Patient Care, Health Professions & Aboriginal Health at TBRHSC. “Due to the relatively short service disruption, it is anticipated that patients will continue to receive the surgery within our current average wait time of 66 days.”  Health Lake Superior News read more......>

 

Improved Withdrawal Management Services at Balmoral Centre

THUNDER BAY, ON ---- February 14, 2013 --- The North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) announced today that it will provide more than $988,000 Nort West LIHNin funding to increase crisis withdrawal and stabilization services at St. Joseph’s Care Group’s Balmoral Withdrawal Management Centre (Detoxification) in Thunder Bay.

Local Substance Use Related Issues

  • Over 700,000 needles exchanged annually1
  • Over 1,000 people in methadone treatment in Thunder Bay
  • Highest rate of public intoxication arrests in province2

Deaths in Northwestern Ontario are occurring in greater numbers due to drug overdose than to motor vehicle collisions (closed cases for 2010-2011 is 48 deaths due to motor vehicle collisions, and 56 due to drug overdose)3

As part of a two-year pilot project, Balmoral Centre will be converted from a Level 2 non-medical facility with seven crisis management beds to a Level 3 facility, with 22 crisis management and stabilization beds, and will include 24-hour nursing support.

“This is great news for our facility, and particularly great news for the people in this region who need support,” said Nancy Black, Director of Concurrent Disorder St oe Care GroupServices at St. Joseph’s Care Group, which operates the Balmoral Centre. “Credit to the LHIN for understanding that we needed additional resources to meet the increasingly complex needs of people living with addiction in our community.”

Balmoral Centre, which is operated by St. Joseph’s Care Group, was originally designed in 1989 as an alcohol detoxification facility. However, addiction to drugs, particularly prescription opiates, has become more widespread in recent years, and the centre has struggled to meet the growng need. Health Lake Superior News read more....>

 

 

 

New Plan for Health Care in Northwestern Ontario

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  February 8, 2013  ---The North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) today released a Health Services Blue Printplan to promote a more integrated health system that improves the quality and accessibility of care throughout Northwestern Ontario. The Integrated Health Services Plan (IHSP), the third to be released by the North West LHIN since its inception in 2005, covers the time period from 2013 to 2016.

“This Integrated Health Services Plan is all about integration and transformation,” says Laura Kokocinski, CEO of the North West LHIN. “It’s about encouraging and supporting our health service providers to work together as a team. We need providers to continue to improve their communication, coordination and collaboration with partners to ensure that all patients and clients receive the best possible care, and that nobody falls through the cracks.”  Health Lake Superior News  read more......>

North West LHIN’s  Board Chair Reappointed 

THUNDER BAY, ON   ------   January 29, 2013  --- The North West Local Health Integration L. Joy Warkentin as Chair of the North West LHIN Board of DirectorsNetwork (LHIN) is pleased to announce the reappointment of L. Joy Warkentin as Chair of the North West LHIN Board of Directors, effective January 27, 2013. Ms. Warkentin was first appointed to the Board as Director in January 2010. She was appointed Board Chair in August 2011.

Ms. Warkentin was educated as a Registered Nurse and holds a Master of Education degree from Lakehead University. Most recently, Ms. Warkentin served as Senior Vice-President, Academic Services at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario from 2000 until her retirement in 2009. Prior to that, she was Associate Dean, Academic at Confederation College following her role as Chair of Health Sciences.  Health Lake Superior News read more .... >

 MY CANCER GUIDE: NEW ONLINE EDUCATION TOOL FOR REGIONAL CANCER CARE NORTHWEST PATIENTS

THUNDER BAY, ON  –-- January 18, 2013 –  The Regional Cancer Program at Thunder Bay MY CANCER GUIDERegional Health Sciences Centre is launching MyCancerGuide™, an online resource customized for patients and families of Regional Cancer Care Northwest (RCC NW). My Cancer Guide™ is an online educational tool developed for people affected by cancer. It provides support and information to make practical and difficult decisions throughout a patient’s cancer journey in nine cancer sites.

“My Cancer Guide is an excellent example of how TBRHSC is tailoring its healthcare strategies to respond to patient needs,” says Dr. Mark Henderson, Executive Vice-President Chronic Disease Prevention and Management and Regional Vice President Cancer Care Ontario. “We are evolving from a disease-centred approach of simply “fixing” patients toward treatment as a partnership between provider and patient to promote total well-being.” Health Lake Superior News read more.....>

Plan in Place to Ease Pressures at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

THUNDER BAY, ON ---- January 12, 2012 --- A plan is being implemented, effective today, to address the urgent over-capacity issues at Thunder Bay Regional Health North West LHINSciences Centre which have overwhelmed the hospital’s existing emergency department surge capacity plans.

The Health Care Capacity Plan for the City of Thunder Bay is focused on reducing pressures at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, and will ensure continued safe, quality care for the people of Northwestern Ontario, said Laura Kokocinski, CEO of the North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

Despite the urgent situation, patients will continue to receive the care they need at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

“We need the public to help us out during this period of high demand,” Kokocinski said. “We encourage people to use health care alternatives available in the community, where appropriate, to help them avoid visits to the emergency department at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, including primary care, walk-in and after-hour clinics.”

The Health Care Capacity Plan was developed by the North West LHIN, in partnership with Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph’s Care Group, the North West Community Care Access Centre and Wesway. Health Lake Superior News  read more.......>

Flu Clinic this Saturday

THUNDER BAY, ON ---- January 11, 2-012 --- The Health Unit will be holding a clinic on Saturday, January 12 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in response to an Thunder Bay District Health Unitincrease in lab confirmed cases of flu in the community.

This walk-in clinic will be held in the Health Unit's auditorium seeing clients on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those visiting the clinic will be asked to use the entrance nearest to Williams Street instead of the main entrance typically used.

The flu shot is especially important for people who are at high risk of flu-related complications or hospitalization, including those with chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, heart disease, asthma), adults over the age of 65 years, healthy children between 6 and 24 months, pregnant women and aboriginal people. Health Lake Superior News  read more....>>

Two Northwest Doctors Recognized for Providing Exceptional Care to Patients

THUNDER BAY, ON ----- December 7, 2012 ---- For the first time ever residents in Northwestern Ontario were given the Dr. Siren and Dr. Moir opportunity to nominate their physician for a Patients’ Choice Award. The Patients’ Choice Award honours two physicians who have demonstrated exceptional care in the community.

This year’s Northwest recipients, Dr. Andrew Siren, a specialist in Thunder Bay and Dr. Adam Moir, a family physician in Dryden, were nominated by their patients for the care they have provided and their commitment to enhancing the patients' overall experience within the health care system.

Both doctors will be recognized tonight at a ceremony hosted by the North West Local Health Integration Network, the Patients' Association of Canada and the Ontario Medical Association.  Health Lake Superior News read more ....>

OMA Protecting Gains in Health Care

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----- November 13, 2012 --- The government of Ontario and the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) have tentatively agreed on a new OMA OntarioPhysician Services Agreement that runs to March 2014.

The OMA Board of Directors has unanimously recommended the agreement for ratification by its members. The physician ratification process will occur in early December.

The agreement protects and builds on the gains made for patients over the last nine years through the partnership of the McGuinty government and the OMA.

Main elements of the agreement include:
Modernizing the delivery of health care and lowering wait times through e-consultations, enabling patients to communicate with their doctor more easily, allowing for more virtual connections between family doctors and specialists, and an expansion of telemedicine services.
New priority investments to expand access to family doctors for seniors and patients with higher needs, including an expansion of house calls.  Health Lake Superior News 
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WSIB SPECIALTY CLINICS NEEDED IN NORTH WESTERN ONTARIO

THUNDER BAY, ON --- September 23, 2012 ---- Dr. Jack Remus CD, MD, CM, FRCS(C) met with Elizabeth Witmer, Chair, WSIB, Honourable Michael Gravelle, MPP, Dr. Jack Remus CD, MD, CM, FRCS(C)Superior North, a representative from Bill Mauro, MPP, Thunder Bay/Atikokan and Paul Field, Director, WSIB, Thunder Bay to discuss the need to have WSIB Speciality Clinics in Northwestern Ontario.

Dr. Remus stressed that we need to “immediately develop WSIB Specialty Clinics in Thunder Bay so that WSIB claimants have immediate access to specialists, diagnostics and treatment resulting in an early and timely return to modified or regular employment. Seeing and being treated by surgical specialists in Thunder Bay rather than travelling to see specialists in Southern Ontario will reduce the costs to employers as well as reducing the discomfort and stress to the injured worker and his/her family”. Also discussed was the fact that Thunder Bay and North Western Ontario with its new Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre,  Health Lake Superior News read more.....>

Public Urged to Get Up-to-Date with Whooping Cough Vaccine

THUNDER BAY, ON --- September 16, 2012 - With 4 confirmed cases of pertussis (whooping cough) reported in the District since August, the Health Unit is Whooping Coughreminding the public of the importance that they and their children are fully immunized against this contagious infection.

The pertussis vaccine is available to infants, children, teens and adults at no-charge, as part of Ontario’s publicly funded program.

Public health is stressing the importance of adults between ages 19 to 64 getting a pertussis booster since recent outbreaks across North America, including southern Ontario, have been linked to adults passing the disease onto children. This extra dose is highly recommended for adults who are in regular contact with children, including parents, babysitters, day care workers, teachers and health care providers. Being vaccinated against the disease protects the individual but also helps to prevent the spread of the infection to children and infants who are at a higher risk for severe symptoms. Health Lake Superior News  read more....>

 

4th Annual Caribou Charity Ride A Tremendous Success

THUNDER BAY, ON   -----  September 9, 2012  ----  On Sunday, September 9, 400 cyclists participated in the fourth annual Caribou Charity Ride Caribou Charity Ride in support of the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.  Organizers of this year’s ride are thrilled to announce that the ride surpassed its goal and raised over $38,000 for the Northern Cancer Fund.

Event co-chair Jeff Hupka is extremely pleased by the community's support of the event, not only from the participants, but also from local businesses.  "Sponsors have continued to enthusiastically support this event," Hupka says.  "They make it possible to hold this ride that fills a gap for the cycling community while raising funds for an important cause."  Health Lake Superior News read more.....>

 

Your Region, Your Health Care, Your Voice!

THUNDER BAY, ON   ---  September 9, 2012  ---  The North West LHIN launches online North West LHINcommunity engagement initiative The North West Local Health Integration Network is launching Your Region, Your Health Care, Your Voice!, an online survey to gather valuable feedback, input and opinions on health care priorities in the region.

“Based on extensive and ongoing community engagement over the past three years, we have an idea of what our main priorities should be,” said Laura Kokocinski, CEO of the North West LHIN. “However, we want to hear from the people of Northwestern Ontario - residents, health care providers, doctors, nurses, patients, anyone and everyone – to confirm if we are on the right track. This is an opportunity for the residents of Northwestern Ontario to help us shape the future of health care across the region.”  Health Lake Superior News read more......>

New Executive VP Health Sciences Centre

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  August 25, 2012  -------  Dr. Mark Henderson will take on a new Dr. Mark Hendersonleadership role at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Wednesday, August 22, 2012, the Health Sciences Centre and Cancer Care Ontario announced the joint appointment of Dr. Mark Henderson to the position of Executive Vice President, Chronic Disease Prevention & Management for TBRHSC; and Regional Vice President, Cancer Services, Northwest Regional Cancer Program, Cancer Care Ontario.   

Since joining the Health Sciences Centre team in 2008, Henderson successfully led the development of the Interventional Cardiology Program and most recently held the position of Medical Director of the Cardiovascular and Stroke Program.

Andrée Robichaud, President & CEO of TBRHSC, is pleased to welcome Henderson to the new role. “Mark’s commitment to quality and collaboration has paid dividends to cardiac patients in Northwestern Ontario. His ability to advance a vision will serve us well as we continue to implement our Strategic Plan,” she says.  Health Lake Superior News read more.....>

ALL Smiles Dental Hygiene and Wellness Centre 

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  August 13, 2012  ---ALL Smiles Dental Hygiene and Wellness Centre had their Grand Opening ALL Smiles Dental Hygiene Saturday August 11. Leah Lawrence (Toneguzzi) and Anh-Lan Phan, owners of Thunder Bay’s newest Independent Dental Hygiene clinic, were honoured to have Mayor Keith Hobbs present the City of Thunder Bay Congratulations Award.

These local entrepreneurs are proud to open ALL Smiles and help support their community by offering an alternative method of Dental Hygiene care. Leah states, “The support from our family and friends has helped us achieve our dream. We could have not done it without them”.  Health Lake Superior News read more.....>

Patients needing a trauma helicopter put at Risk in Thunder Bay area

THUNDER BAY, ON   ---   August 6, 2012  ----   Wade’s  testimony at a Queen’s Park Bruce Wadecommittee probing the troubled air ambulance service on “down staffing” — not having enough pilots on duty to launch in an emergency. He told the committee “a trauma helicopter continually grounded without medics is unconscionable and, some would argue, negligent.”

Veteran helicopter pilot Bruce Wade was suspended with pay Thursday along with another unnamed ORNGE employee. Both work out of the Thunder Bay regional centre.

The insider referred to Wade as a “good pilot with a good record.” Wade has been a chopper pilot since 1995 and began flying for ORNGE’s predecessor service in 2001.

The follow is Committee Transcripts: Standing Committee on Public Accounts - July 31, 2012 - Special report, Auditor General: Ornge Air Ambulance and Related Services  Health Lake Superior News read more....>

Reduce Swimmer’s Itch  Take Precautions

THUNDER BAY, ON  ------  July 19, 2012  ---  In response to calls from the public, the Health Unit is advising swimmer's itch swimmers at local beaches to take steps to reduce their risk of swimmer’s itch.

Swimmer's itch is a skin rash caused by an allergic reaction to certain parasites that infect water birds (e.g. ducks, geese or gulls) and some mammals (e.g. raccoons, muskrats). These parasites are released from infected snails into water. The parasites prefer bird or mammal hosts, however, if they make contact with a human, they will burrow into the skin causing an allergic reaction and rash. Since the parasites cannot develop inside humans, they quickly die.

Within minutes to days after swimming in contaminated water, swimmers may feel tingling, burning or itching of the skin. Small reddish pimples appear within twelve hours and may develop into small blisters. The area will be itchy, but scratching may result in secondary infections. The itchy feeling may last up to a week or more, but will gradually go away. The more often individuals swim or wade in contaminated water, the sooner the symptoms will appear and they may be more intense.  Health Lake Superior News read more.....>

 
Lower your Risk of Food Poisoning BBQ

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  May 26, 2012  ---  Seeing Isn't Believing   Many people assume that if a hamburger is brown Cooking Temperaturesin the middle, it is done. However, looking at the color and texture of food is not enough—you have to use a food thermometer to be sure! According to USDA research, 1 out of every 4 hamburgers turns brown before it reaches a safe internal temperature. The only safe way to know if meat, poultry, and egg dishes are "done" is to use a food thermometer. When a hamburger is cooked to 160 °F as measured with a food thermometer, it is both safe and delicious

Preventing food poisoning starts in the preparation. Follow these food safety tips to ensure that your grilled meat doesn't make you sick:

Separate your food. Keep raw meat away from fruits, vegetables, and any other foods you're going to eat without cooking, to avoid bacterial cross-contamination. Cut raw meats on a different surface than other foods. Then wash every cutting board, plate, and utensil the raw meat touched with hot water and soap. Always use new serving plates and utensils for your cooked food.  Health Lake Superior News read more.....>


New scientist focuses on fMRI to target stroke rehabilitation

Thunder Bay, ON  ------  April 29, 2012  —, At a full meeting of its Board of Directors, the Thunder Bay Regional Jane Lawrence-DewarResearch Institute (TBRRI) welcomed new fMRI scientist Dr. Jane Lawrence-Dewar.

Neuroscientists like Jane Lawrence are gaining a deeper understanding of the brain through fMRI to the extent that each day approximately 10 new publications appear in medical and scientific journals around the world. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) is nothing short of revolutionary and is influencing the practice of medicine at many hospitals, especially in neurology and neurosurgery.

Dr. Lawrence-Dewar gained expertise in fMRI of the brain and spinal cord at the University of Manitoba where she earned her PhD in Physiology. Her spinal fMRI experience led to a graduate training opportunity at the Institute of Neuroradiology at University Hospital Zürich. Dr. Lawrence-Dewar joined Stanford University as a Postdoctoral Fellow where she conducted brain fMRI studies related to cognitive modulation of acute and chronic pain.

In 2008, she returned home to Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba where she conducted behavioural and fMRI studies of visuomotor control and adaptation, and visual perception in healthy individuals and in cases of stroke injury and degenerative disease.  Health Lake Superior News  read more......>

 

How we are winning the war on cancer

THUNDER BAY ON  ---  April 13, 2012  --- Cancer is an ancient disease. The oldest surviving description of cancer is written on a papyrus from about 1500 BC where hieroglyphics record a probable case of breast cancer. Under “treatment” the scribe concludes: “none.”

 

For the next two millennia, medical literature says virtually nothing about cancer. It was not until the first half of the 19th century that humans recognized that all plants and animals are made of cells, and that all cells arise from other cells.

 Dimitros Vergidis
Dr. Dimitrios Vergidis

 Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Speakers:  Dr. Dimitrios Vergidis & Joanne Lacourciere, Program Director
Location: Auditorium A & B, 3rd floor, TBRHSC
Parking: Free parking vouchers available at presentation

 
Joanne Lacourciere,
Program Director


With cellular understanding, scientists and researchers discovered that cancer is a disease that begins when a single cell, among the trillions in a human body, begins to grow out of control. Lymphomas, leukemias, malignant melanomas, and sarcomas all begin with a microscopic accident, a mutation in one cell. Health Lake Superior News read more.......>

 
Chamber of Commerce Health & Wellness Expo

THUNDER BAY, ON --- April 10, 2012 --- LIVING WELL Is the theme of the 7th Annual Annual Chamber of Chamber of Commerce Health & Wellness ExpoCommerce Health & Wellness Expo Chamber of Commerce Health & Wellness Expo which takes place this Saturday and Sunday, April 14 – 15th at the Valhalla Inn.

Have a spinal assessment, receive diet and weight loss advice, or enjoy a massage! These are just a few examples of the many interactive displays, along with a terrific lineup of seminars from a variety of experts to discuss all your health, nutrition and fitness needs. The wide array of exhibitors will appeal to all ages, from youth to seniors.

You can expect to see representation from fitness facilities, programs and equipment, health food, spas, homeopathy, massage therapy, skin care, medical and health organizations, and more.Health Lake Superior News read more....>

Cryptosporidiosis Outbreak in Minnesota

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---- March 31, 2012  ----  Trisha Robinson, an epidemiologist for the Minnesota Department of Edgewater DuluthHealth specializing in waterborne diseases, said Tuesday three cases of cryptosporidiosis had been confirmed and six more were suspected in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The cases involve children and adults who visited the water park in March but there may be many more cases going unreported, Robinson said.

"For every confirmed case, there's usually 98.6 additional cases. It is certainly possible and very probable that there are additional people who are ill out there," Robinson said. "There could be people who may have not shown symptoms yet."
Robinson pressed the point that a person stays infectious for two weeks after symptoms disappear.Health Lake Superior News 
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BIWAASE’AA - Supporting Aboriginal students

THUNDER BAY, ON   -----   March 5, 2012  ----  Biwaase’aa, a program that has been successful in transforming the Biwaase’aa lives of Aboriginal children in Thunder Bay for the past eight years is facing closure due to funding shortages.

Program Manager Paul Francis explained that since 2004 the program has received a substantial share of its funding from the Federal government’s national Urban Aboriginal Strategy, under the auspices of the Federal Interlocutor, a branch of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. However he said that, as of March 31, 2012, they have been advised that this funding will no longer be provided.  Francis said that both short-term funding from April – June 2012 and long-term funding is required to keep the program alive.

Biwaase’aa has been designed to service urban Aboriginal children and families in Thunder Bay. Since 2004 Biwaase’aa has been working in Thunder Bay’s elementary schools to support Aboriginal student success. A team of Aboriginal Youth Outreach Workers currently work in seven elementary schools: McKellar Park Central, Ecole Gron Morgan, Ogden Community, Sherbrooke, Westmount, Our Lady of Charity and St. Ann schools.  Health Lake Superior Newsread more......>

Drummond report investments in home and community care social and economic sense

THUNDER BAY, ON   ---  February 27, 2012  ---  The recent release of the Don Drummond report on public finances contains a number of thought provoking recommendations, many of which will stir up heated debate. Yet the section of recommendations pertaining to home care and community support should find broad consensus. Why? The report simply echoes a wide body of research demonstrating that public investments in home and community care make strong social and economic sense.

Ontarians want to remain in their homes and in their communities for as long as possible – close to family, friends and familiar surroundings. This provides greater comfort and independence, and allows them to retain their dignity. Health Lake Superior News  read more....>>

Save a Heart Car Raffle was another huge success!

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  February 24, 2012  -----  Today, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation David Douglas helps his wife Sheila celebrated the winners of its second annual Save a Heart Car Raffle. The grand prize winner, David Douglas, is the new owner of a 2012 Jetta Volkswagen.

Douglas drove away with a brand new Jetta, generously donated by Downtown Volkswagen. Other prize winners included Stewart Lindfors, second prize winner of the 2 Porter Airline return trips, and George Bragg, third prize winner of $1,500 cash.

Celebrating the winners of the annual Save a Heart Car Raffle is a reminder of the importance of community support to cardiac health in Northwestern Ontario. Health Lake Superior News read more.....>

Matawa to address Prescription Drug Abuse

JANUARY 20, 2012 – THUNDER BAY, ON: Long Lake #58 First Nation is hosting a Summit on Prescription Drug
Matawa First NationsAbuse/Misuse on January 24-26, 2012 at the First Nation. The nine Chiefs of Matawa First Nations collectively have called for a gathering of leaders, community members, service providers, and government officials to address Prescription Drug Abuse/Misuse (PDA/M). The media is cordially invited to attend the Summit. Health Lake Superior Newsread more...>





Public Alerted to Uninspected Tattoo Operations

THUNDER BAY, ON --- January 7, 2012 --- The TBDHU issued an order on January 4, 2012, against Andy Thunder Bay District Health UnitHrycyshyn and Taisha Rose to top providing uninspected home-based tattooing services. Tattooing services not inspected by the TBDHU pose a health risk because any time the skin is pierced or tattooed, bacteria and viruses – such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV and other skin infections – can easily enter the body if proper infection control procedures are not in place.

These uninspected services were offered at various home-based locations in Thunder Bay. Clients who received services from either of these individuals at home-based locations are advised to call the TBDHU.

“There is currently no evidence of transmission of infection by the operators,” said Dr. David Williams, Medical Officer of Health. “However, the public needs to be informed that if proper infection procedures are not in place there is always a level of risk, even if it is low.”    Health Lake Superior News read more.....>

Local men lend their faces to the new Prostate Man campaign

THUNDER BAY, ON - May 16, 2011 - The new faces of the popular Prostate Man campaign were Prostate Menrevealed today, and they prove that, indeed, every man can be Prostate Man.

“Our goal with this year’s campaign was to remove responsibility for prostate health from one individual and encourage all men to be proactive about it,” say Alison McMullen, Director of Preventive Oncology with Regional Cancer Care Northwest at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. “With the help of our models, we are demonstrating that every man can be a superhero by following the lead of the original Prostate Man.” Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

 

5th Annual Superior Yoga Festival coming to Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, ON - May 16, 2011 - The 5th Annual Superior Yoga Festival is coming to Thunder Bay Superior Yoga Feston May 29th 2011!
All proceeds go directly to support local charities in Thunder Bay. Superior yoga fest is a non profit community festival that celebrates and shares the ancient traditions of Yoga.  The Festival was started in 2007 as a way to unite, inspire and serve the community through celebration in such a way that allows yoga to be accessible to everyone.  The festival has grown from using the small Unitarian Hall with having just some music, dancing and food to what it is today. Over 300 people participate every year in this festival, which provides a feast for the mind, body and soul!  Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

 

 

 

 

Statement by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on Herceptin funding

THUNDER BAY, ON - May 13, 2011 - “I am pleased the Ministry of Health has decided to do the right Jill Anzarutthing and immediately fund the cancer drug Herceptin for patients with breast cancer tumors of one centimetre or less.

Jill Anzarut went public with her attempt to obtain funding for Herceptin after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and prescribed the drug by her oncologist.  Unfortunately, the McGuinty Liberals told Ms. Anzarut that the tumor in her breast was not large enough to qualify her for OHIP coverage of Herceptin in spite of its availability in other provinces. Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

 

Ft Wm Rotarians boost cardiac care

THUNDER BAY ON,  ---  April 27, 2011Fort William Rotarians celebrate their $150,000 donation to the Fort William Rotarians celebrate their $150,000 donation to the Northern Cardiac FundNorthern Cardiac Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.

“We know cardiac disease touches the lives of most families in our community, and we want to help make treating it less stressful for them,” Fort William Rotarian Gordie Garriock said today as she presented a cheque for $150,000 to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.

 Today’s donation, in support of the Foundation’s Northern Cardiac Fund, helps fund the second cardiac catheterization lab at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. The second lab brings 24/7 access to emergency angioplasty – the Gold Standard of cardiac care – within reach. Lake Superior News Health read more.....>

 

Bachelors fight breast cancer

 

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  April 17, 2011  --- Thursday night’s Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction raised event promotions chair Keely Hartviksen fixes the tie of Mike Paularinneover $50,000, bringing the 13-year total to more than $632,522.  The event supports the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. 

 470 women attended to enjoy a gourmet meal, entertainment and the auction of ten of Thunder Bay’s most eligible bachelors complete with fabulous date packages.  “It’s easy to see why this is one of Thunder Bay’s most popular ladies-only events,” says event promotions chair Keely Hartviksen.  “It’s so more than a fabulous girls’ night out. It also contributes to a very serious issue in a meaningful way.” 

 In addition to raising significant dollars, the Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction raises awareness about the important issue of breast cancer. Lake Superior News Health read more.....>

 

Foundation grants improve cancer care

April 7, 2011 - THUNDER BAY, ON - Today, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation TBRHSCcelebrates Cancer Awareness Month with the announcement of the 2011 Northern Cancer Fund grants. A total of $890,057 has been designated to cancer care here at the Health Sciences Centre and throughout the region.

Northern Cancer Fund grants are made possible by generous donors and their continued support of the Health Sciences Foundation. “We are so blessed to have so much support from our community,” says Glenn Craig. “It is because of the generosity of the people of Northwestern Ontario that these grants were approved for funding.”Lake Superior News Health read more...>

Silver Medalist, Elizabeth Manley in Tbay for Alzheimer’s

THUNDER BAY, ON, April 4, 2011 – Canadian Olympic Figure Skating SilverElizabeth Manley Medalist, Elizabeth Manley Alzheimer's Thunder Bayis flying to Thunder Bay on April 7 to share her story at the annual Alzheimer Rendezvous titled: An Unforgettable Evening. The media is cordially invited to attend this event.

Elizabeth’s father passed away after battling Alzheimer’s disease in October 2010, and as a result of the help she and her family received from the Alzheimer Society she has been a strong supporter and a national spokesperson for the Alzheimer Society ever since.  On Thursday she will be sharing some of her memories of her skating career and the memories she has of her father and her family’s journey with his disease while providing a inspiration message of hope. 

The event will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay and will feature a fabulous gourmet dinner in the Valhalla Inn Ballroom, and a chance to win great prizes in a silent auction and prize raffle. A ceremony will also be held to honour volunteers for their years of dedication to the cause. Lake Superior News Health read more.....>

COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING MAKES THE BEST OF A STICKY SITUATION 

THUNDER BAY, ON - March 14, 2011 - We‟ve all been there, sticky situations happen all the time - Dr Heather McLeanwhen you put your foot in your mouth, or when you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, or when you act before thinking.

A new campaign presented by Regional Cancer Care Northwest, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation‟s Northern Cancer Fund and RBC Royal Bank, pokes fun at a different kind of sticky situation: The kind that encourages people aged 50 and over to complete a simple, yet (let‟s face it) unpleasant test in the privacy of their own bathrooms.Lake Superior News Health read more...>

 

Learn about surgery uses ultrasound waves instead of scalpels

Thunder Bay, ON  -----   February  20, 2010 -–Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Thunder surgery uses ultrasound waves instead of scalpelsBay Regional Research Institute and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre have launched a dual-site Centre that stands to revolutionize surgery.

Teams of clinicians and scientists at both sites are pioneering new methods of caring for patients who have complex health concerns and would benefit greatly from surgery but in many cases, traditional operations pose high risks due to the delicate area of where the intervention would have to occur. With MRI-guided, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound therapy (also referred to as HIFU), many of these risks can be overcome by the simple fact that the procedures are performed without making a single surgical incision.

To learn more about it the public is invited to Northern Cancer Question & Answer public speaker series! Lake Superior News Health  read more.....>

 

 

 

Thomson Reuters Pediatrics Improves Medication Safety For Children

Ann Arbor, MI, January 31, 2011 - In any situation, using adult-based tools on children is insufficient and potentially dangerous - particularly when it comes to determining appropriate drug doses. As a result, Thomson Reuters is pleased to announce the availability of Thomson Reuters Pediatrics, a single source solution to help clinicians improve quality, efficiency and care for pediatric patients.

Pediatric-specific referential drug dosing and nutritional information is necessary to safely medicate children. Backed by the trusted editorial content and clinical rigor that powers Micromedex® and Neofax, Thomson Reuters Pediatrics provides clinicians with the information and tools for an evidence-based approach to prescribing drugs to this vulnerable patient population.  Lake Superior News  read more...>

Christmas is for children Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation

THUNDER BAY, ON  -------    December  6, 2010    ----   “When it comes to our children, the absolute Mom Dawn Nitz holds baby Jaxon while dad Mike hangs a star on the Grant Christmas Tree at the Health Sciences Centre.  Each star represents a donation in support of care for patients like Jaxon.  best healthcare is a must,” says Glenn Craig, President & CEO, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.  “This Christmas season, your donation makes that possible.”  The Health Sciences Foundation is encouraging the people of Northwestern Ontario to support the care that saves the lives of babies and children year round.

Last year, 1,580 babies took their very first breath at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.  Of them, 394 needed the specialized care provided in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

“Donations are crucial to the care of babies and children,” says Nancy Persichino, Director, Maternal Newborn at the Health Sciences Centre. “Donor support ensures that we can replace aging equipment and purchase new, leading-edge technologies so that we can continue to provide our children with world-class care.” Lake Superior News  read more......>

 Hep C Support Public Health Nurse Speaker

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---- November 29, 2010 The next Hepatitis C Education Support Group meeting Hepatitis Cwill take place 11 a.m. (EST) December 8th at 574 Memorial Avenue.

Guest speaker Darlene Desmoulin-Lewis will give an overview of Hepatitis C. She’s a Public Health Nurse in the Infectious Disease Program at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

If you live in the region and want to participate, please call us at 1-800-488-5840, ext. 31. You can join the group via videoconference, using the Ontario Telemedicine Network. Lake Superior News read more.....>

 

 

 Because we Care

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  November 23, 2010   ---Today, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Rhonda Crocker EllacottFoundation is celebrating another successful year of Family CARE Grants.  Family CARE (Care Advancements Recommended by Employees) Grants were created as a way to provide Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre employees with an opportunity to steer patient care initiatives. 

Last year’s Family CARE Grants funded initiatives such as pagers for visually and auditory impaired patients in the Emergency Department, fitness programs for cancer patients, and an exercise bike, step machine and MP3 players in Adult Mental Health. “Because last year’s grant cycle was so successful, we increased the funding by $10,000 this year, providing $30,000 towards initiatives recommended by the Health Sciences Centre family,” says Glenn Craig, President and CEO of the Health Sciences Foundation.  Lake Superior News read more....>

 

 

 

 

 2,000 Children car seats recalled

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   November 7, 2010   --- Health Canada is recalling a car seat with a plastic Chaperone Car Seat  recallharness clip that can break, creating sharp edges and posing a choking hazard to young children.

The agency issued a recall on Friday of Chaperone-brand infant car seats manufactured between April 2009 and May of this year.

The manufacturer — Charlotte, N.C.-based Britax Child Safety — has received one complaint in Canada of a piece of a chest clip found in a child’s mouth. It has fielded four complaints in the United States.

About 2,350 of the affected seats — with the model numbers E9L69P2, E9L69P3 and E9L69P5 — were sold in stores across Canada. Lake Superior News  read more.....>

Exercise with Doc Northern Hearts

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  October 1, 2010 -----  Exercise with Doc DVD and Manual was developed by the Northern Hearts Education Committee to appeal to people who have experienced a life-changing event that may have left them in doubt about their ability to exercise. The goal is to:

  •     Reduce the fear people may be experiencing after a life-changing event;
  •     Help people understand they can have an improved quality of life;
  •     Appeal as a value-added tool to healthcare providers; and
  •     Reduce healthcare costs.

 Exercise with Doc has benefited from professional reviews, an evaluation by a focus group, and has been endorsed by Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

 In the introductory portion of the DVD, Dr. Chris Lai, Cardiologist, and Past Chair of Northern Hearts says, “This program is very safe, simple, effective, and suitable for all age groups with or without heart disease”.  Lake Superior News  read more......>

 Recall Fisher Price 11 million children’s toys

THUNDER BAY, ON   ----   September 30, 2010   ---  Fisher-Price  it is recalling more than 11 million Fisher  Price Trikechildren’s toys in the United States and Canada over safety concerns.

The voluntary recall includes tricycles, baby playgrounds and high chairs.A complete list of the affected products is posted on the parent company Mattel’s website.

The toy company is advising consumers to stop using the recalled products immediately.

Information can also be found through Fisher-Price’s recall hotline, 1-800-432-5437.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that two of the products being recalled involved injuries. Lake Superior News  read more......>

 

 

Northern Cancer Fund Caribou Charity Ride

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---- September 12, 2010  ---- Today, 375 cyclists participated in the second annual Caribour Charity Ride for NCFCaribou Charity Ride in support of the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.  Event co-chair Jeff Hupka is extremely pleased by the community's support of the event, not only from the particpants, but also from local businesses.  "Sponsor response has been overwhelming," Hupka says.  "They made it possible to hold an event that fills a gap for the cycling community while raising funds for an important cause."  Early calculations suggest the 2010 Caribou Charity Ride raised $20,000. Lake Superior News read more......>

 Hepatitis C Education/Support Group

THUNDER BAY, ON -----  September 11, 2010  --------  Do you have Hep C? Or do you know someone Hep Cwho does?
If so, you are invited to a Hepatitis C Education/Support Group for Northwestern Ontario. We meet twice a month, to learn, laugh, talk, share, and support each other. Lake Superior News read more.....>

 

 

 Recall Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats

THUNDER BAY, ON ----   September 6, 2010 -------  The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogsrecalling one specific lot of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs due to concerns that one or more bags within the lot may have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz is fully cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration in this voluntary recall.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, all of whom are at particular risk from exposure and should avoid handling these products.

Salmonella symptoms may include fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea in both dogs and humans. Lake Superior News read more.....>

 

 

Remind children to use the Buddy System

WINNIPEG, MB --  August 25, 2010 -- As the end of summer approaches and Billy Buddyfamilies get ready to return to their 'back to school' routine, parents are urged to talk to their kids about personal safety strategies such as the Buddy System to help keep them safe when away from home.

Children who go places alone are at greater risk of victimization and that's why the Buddy System is one of the most important safety strategies a parent can teach their kids. Whether a child is walking to and from school, heading to the park after school to play with friends or participating in extra-curricular activities, they should always be with a buddy. Lake Superior News read more.......>

 

 

We’re Back in the Saddle!

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----    August  4,  2010 ----  Following an overwhelming Caribou Charity Ride participants head out for a practice ride following today's media conference.community response to our inaugural ride, the Caribou Charity Ride is ramping up for another great day in the saddle on Sunday, September 12, 2010. The Caribou Charity Ride was created to motivate all kinds of people – mothers, fathers, grandparents, teens, friends, and cancer survivors – to set a modest challenge for themselves while helping the Northern Cancer Fund to bring the best in patient care, education, and prevention to Northwestern Ontario.  Lake Superior News read more.....>

Cancer spurs hope ride

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  July 28, 2010 ----  Horse enthusiasts are gearing up Frances Cheetham, a cancer survivor, and her daughter Laura are busy planning the 2010 Spur the Cureto ride for a cause.  The third annual Spur the Cure will be held on August 7, 2010.  The event will raise funds for the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.  100% of the funds raised will stay in Northwestern Ontario to support world-class cancer care at Regional Cancer Care.  Lake Superior News read more....>

 

 

 

Baby Matters Recalls Nap Nanny(r)

WASHINGTON, D.C. --  THUNDER BAY, ON -----  July 26, 2010 ---   Baby Matters Recalls Nap Nanny(r) Recliners Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Baby Matters Recalls Nap Nanny(r) One Infant Death ReportedFall Hazards; One Infant Death ReportedThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Baby Matters LLC, of Berwyn, Pa., is announcing the voluntary recall of 30,000 Nap Nanny(r) portable baby recliners. CPSC is investigating a report of a 4-month-old girl from Royal Oak, Mich. who died in a Nap Nanny(r) that was being used in a crib. According to preliminary reports, the infant was in her harness and found hanging over the side of the product, caught between the Nap Nanny(r) and the crib bumper. Lake Superior News read more.....>

 

 

Deer Tick Tests Positive for Lyme Disease In Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----  July 12, 2010  For the second time this year, the Deer Tick Thunder Bay District Health Unit has received laboratory confirmation that a deer tick found locally has tested positive for Lyme disease.  While the first positive deer tick was found on a dog, this latest tick was found on a human who picked up the tick within the city limits. This is just the second positive test for Lyme disease in a tick since the Health Unit started monitoring and testing in 2005 and the first for a tick found on a human. Lake Superior News read more.......>

 Men of the community embrace the role of Prostate Man

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----  June 29, 2010  ----  After careful consideration by the prostate cancer awareness campaign committee, a decision has been reached: Every man is Prostate Man!

“We received a lot of interest,” says Alison McMullen, Director of Preventive Oncology at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s Regional Cancer Care Northwest and member of the committee. “Many qualified men wanted to play the role of Prostate Man for a variety of reasons.”

Every man is Prostate ManWhile some men were prostate cancer survivors, others had friends and family members affected by the disease. Others simply believed in the need to encourage men to be proactive about their prostate health.  Lake Superior News read more......>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 NEW BREAST MRI TBRHSC

Thunder Bay, ON –  June  17, 2010  ------   Patients at the Thunder Bay Norther Cancer FundRegional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) and scientists Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI) are now among a select few in Ontario who will have access to world-class Breast MRI technology. Lake Superior News   read more......>

 

 

 

Superhero Prize Winner

THUNDER BAY, ON ----   June 21, 2010 --- The results are in!  The draw for Jeff Breckenridge Superhero Prize Package Winner,  Prostate Man cancer awareness campaign. the Superhero Prize Package was held at the Bell Motorcycle Ride for Dad.  The winner is Jeff Breckenridge.  The Superhero Prize Package was a key element in this year's Prostate Man cancer awareness campaign.

Mr. Breckenridge, who, coincidentally, is a prostate cancer survivor, wins a one-year gym membership from PUSH Fitness Centre and a big screen LCD TV and BluRay player from the Power Centre, as well as a library of superhero BluRay DVDs. Lake Superior News  read more....>

 

Labour & Delivery driveway Closed Until the 23rd

THUNDER BAY, ON -----  July 18, 2010 ----   Angioplasty Suite Renovation and Patient Short Stay Expansion From 7:30 a.m., Monday, July 19, 2010, to Labour Delivery Entrance4:30 p.m. Friday, July 23, 2010, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre will close the Labour & Delivery driveway and entrance to all traffic due to the Angioplasty construction project.

During the Labour and Delivery entrance closure, all obstetrical patients are asked to enter the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre via the Emergency Department.  A Labour and Delivery nurse will be stationed at the Emergency Department Security desk to conduct an assessment of these patients and ensure that they are safely transferred to the Labour and Delivery Department. Lake Superior News   read more.....>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alzheimer Society Supported

THUNDER BAY, ON – AUGUST 26, 2010: The Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay is pleased to Doris Arnoldannounce that Doris Arnold has renewed her commitment as Patron to the Society for another three years with a donation of $25,000 at the 24th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held last night at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.  Doris first became Patron in 2007 with her generous donation of $25,000 in honour of her late husband John Arnold who died of Alzheimer's disease 18 years ago.

 Doris has been a wonderful Patron and advocate who rarely misses an opportunity to introduce people to the charitable works of the Alzheimer Society. The Society has benefitted greatly from her ongoing support and dedication. Doris' gift will help fund public education and support for local families and people affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Lake Superior News read more.......>

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Stewart surprises Alzheimer Society at Coffee Break

THUNDER BAY, ON – SEPTEMBER 22, 2010: There are smiles all around at the local Alzheimer Bob StewartSociety office this week. It follows a $5,150 donation towards the 15th Annual Coffee Break® fundraiser. It came unexpectedly at the Alzheimer Society Thunder Bay Coffee Break® launch last Thursday from Bob Stewart co-owner of the Keg and Caribou Restaurants and his business partner Tom Pazianos. The money was raised at Stewart's 50th birthday party.

Bob has seen the insidious appearance of Alzheimer’s disease in his own family. He has supported his mother as she has disappeared a teaspoon a day for the last 10 years. 

 “Dementia gradually robs people of their lives and has a devastating impact on families. We are so glad to be able to help those affected and their loved ones,” Mr. Stewart stated. Lake Superior News  read more.....>

 

 

HOPE AND HEALING

THUNDER BAY, ON  ------ November 22, 2010  ----  A new support group is offering hope and healing to Hospice Northwestpeople dealing with the loss of a loved one.

The closed Grief Support Group is a partnership between the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay and Hospice Northwest.

“The pilot project was a way to pool resources of two organizations, to best serve the needs of our clients,” says Joan Williams, Executive Director of Hospice Northwest.
The project was such a success, the two organizations plan to continue the partnership
by offering the Grief Support Group again early next year. Lake Superior News  read more......>

 

First wave of baby boomers turning 65 not ready for Alzheimer’s

Thunder Bay, ON,  ----   January 4, 2011   ----  An online survey of baby boomers across Canada conducted by the Alzheimer Society reveals a worrying lack of awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.

Survey results show that an astonishing 23 per cent of boomers can’t name any of the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, even though their risk doubles every five years after age 65. Of those surveyed, 50 per cent identified memory loss as a key symptom, but failed to mention other critical signs.

“This is an insidious disease. Most people associate memory loss with Alzheimer’s but it’s so much more. Sudden changes in mood, misplacing common household items (like keys in the refrigerator), repeating words or statements or difficulty with everyday tasks like getting dressed can all be warning signs that need to be discussed with a doctor.  Boomers can take steps to protect themselves from Alzheimer’s disease,” says Jason Paul Rasevych, Marketing & Communications Officer, Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay Lake Superior News read more......>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alzheimer Society launches early detection checklist

Thunder Bay, ON, June 11, 2010 – Can’t remember what car keys are for? Check ListConfusing the clutch for the steering wheel? Driving around going nowhere? Most people understand these to be signs of dementia. But short memory loss is not always the first symptom. Subtle changes in personality such as increasing apathy, irritability, or struggling to get dressed can also signal the beginning of dementia that if recognized early, can lead to treatment. Lake Superior News Health  read more .....  >

Recall Shrek Forever After™ glasses McDonalds

THUNDER BAY, ON June 5, 2010 ---  1.4 million Shrek-themed glasses in Canada.  McDonald's has announced that the recall will affect about 12 million 'Shrek Forever After' drinking glasses that have already been sold across the United States. The glasses were sold in restaurants for $1.99 each.  because of cadmium —a known carcinogen — in the painted design. Lake Superior News Health  read more...>

 

 

Recall PRESIDENT’S CHOICE YOU ROASTED GARLIC BREAD

 THUNDER BAY,, ON  - May 29, 2010 –   Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) Real Canadian Superior Store   ~   Whole Sale Club is warning the public not to consume President’s Choice Baked by You Roasted Garlic Bread with the UPC number 0 60383 80497 8 because the product may contain a metal holding pin.  A holding pin may have come dislodged from a processing machine specific to the product during production.  Lake Superior News Health read more....>

 

 

Ensuring Better Access to Affordable Drugs

THUNDER BAY, ON - May 14, 2010 - The generic drug rebate issue has been front and Michael Gravellecentre lately and I would like to take this opportunity to clarify a few things.  I strongly believe that our government is doing the right thing for Ontario consumers. Over the past week I have been in contact with a number of our smaller Northwestern Ontario community pharmacies and their operators, and I have been sharing their feedback with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.  I can assure you that our government is sensitive to the needs of smaller pharmacy operations and we have a plan to assist rural and independent pharmacies.  Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

 

Mauro Stands up to Drug Lobby

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  May 11, 2010 ---   Queen’s Park – Yesterday, the Bll Mauro MPP Thunder Bay AtikokanOntario Community Pharmacies sent out a news release that challenged the Ontario Government’s efforts to bring down the cost of generic drugs. Today, MPP Bill Mauro responded:

“I greatly value the services our local pharmacists provide.  I also know that Ontarians are paying far too much for generic drugs.  Ontario is the world’s second largest purchaser of generic drugs, yet we’re paying some of the highest prices.  Two million Ontarians pay out-of-pocket for their medications.  Our government’s drug reform will decrease the price of generic drugs.  Ontarians will be able to pay significantly less for their generic medications, and the government’s savings will be reinvested to add more drugs to the formulary, so people have greater access to affordable medications.” Lake Superior News Health read more....>

Superior Yoga Fest

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  May 9, 2010  ----  Superior yoga fest is a non profit Superior Yogo Festcommunity festival that celebrates and shares the ancient traditions of Yoga.  The Festival was started in 2007 as a way to unite, inspire and serve the community through celebration in such a way that allows yoga to be accessible to everyone.  The festival has grown from using the small Unitarian Hall with having just some music, dancing and food to what it is today. Over 300 people participate every year in this festival, which provides a feast for the mind, body and soul! Lake Superior News Health  read more.....>

 

 

 

BELL Motorcycle Ride for Dad

THUNDER BAY, ON  ------  April 28, 2010 ---- The fight against prostate cancer BELL Motorcycle Ride for Dadin Northwestern Ontario will continue on Saturday, June 19, 2010 with the 10th annual BELL Motorcycle Ride for Dad.  Over 300 motorcycles will “Roar for the Cure” as the event kicks off at 9:30 am at the Keg Restaurant on the day before Father’s Day.  Participants then enjoy a parade down Memorial Avenue, a scenic Poker Run in and around the city and a silent auction. Lake Superior News Health  read more.....>

Bachelors fight breast cancer

THUNDER BAY, ON - April 16, 2010 - Last night’s Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction raised over $63,059.00, bringing the twelve-year total to $581,281.00.  The event supports the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.  All funds continue to support the fight against breast cancer in Northwestern Ontario. Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

Celebrity Hockey Players in support of Northern Cancer Fund

THUNDER BAY, ON - March 19, 2010 - During the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, most Canadians were glued to TV screens to watch those nail-biting gold medal games. Adding to the thrill for the people of Northwestern Ontario was the chance to cheer on homegrown hockey heroes.Lake Superior News Health read more...>

UNDECLARED MILK IN INCREDIBLE EDIBLE SPREAD’EM SOYA OIL MARGARINE

OTTAWA, ON - February 12, 2010 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and A Incredible Edible Spread'em Soya Oil Margarine& M Home Products are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume the Incredible Edible Spread’Em Soya Oil Margarine described below.  The affected product contains milk ingredients which are not declared on the label.Lake Superior News Health read more...>

 

Alzheimer fundraiser - Walk for Memories draws crowd

THUNDER BAY, ON - FEBRUARY 10, 2010 – A massive crowd showed up to the Intercity Shopping Centre on Walk For MemoriesSunday February 7th for the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay’s biggest fundraiser.

More than 184 registered walkers rallied to help the Alzheimer Society move a step closer to better care and a cure at the 16th Annual Manulife Walk for Memories. The grand total of pledges was over $46,000 with a few thousand additional dollars expected. Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

NOSM Makes an Impact

THUNDER BAY, ON - February 10, 2010 - The Northern Ontario School of Medicine Dr. Bruce Minoreannounced its economic impact statement titled “Exploring the Socio-Economic Impact of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine” Tuesday at a simulcast press release in Sudbury and Thunder Bay. Dr. Bruce Minore (shown left) interviewed many people from different backgrounds and communities in the north the interviews form the backbone of the report. One of the common themes he often encountered was the tremendous sense of pride that we now have medical schools in Sudbury and in Thunder Bay. Both Laurentian and Lakehead Universities have become enhanced with the presence of the NOSM. As a result enrollment at the institutions is increasing. He went on to say that many students felt that by attending these institutions they would have a better chance of enrollment into the NOSM. Dr. Minore suggested that these perceptions were ill founded and there is no favoritism displayed when it comes to selecting candidates to the NOSM. Lake Superior News Health read more...>

New Grant Program to Support Research Projects for Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia

THUNDER BAY, ON - JANUARY 21, 2010 -  Social Science Researchers in Thunder Bay who have promising ideas for research concerning both the individual and the social issues related to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias can apply for a small grant sponsored by the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay. Lake Superior News Health read more...>

Thunder Bay Counselling Centre to Provide Care for the Caregiver

THUNDER BAY, ON - January 12, 2009- Thunder Bay Counselling Centre will be providing Thunder Bay Councelling Centreassistance to those who provide help to others on a daily basis. This March, care for the caregiver will be offered through a workshop in Thunder Bay, Ontario.Lake Superior News Health
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Thunder Bay Welcome New Clinician Scientist

 

Rising tide of dementia projected to cost Canadians $872 billion over next 30 years

THUNDER BAY, ON – JANUARY 4, 2010 – A new report released today by the Alzheimer Society to Walk for Memories Alzheimer Societymark Alzheimer Awareness Month reveals alarming new data about the projected economic and social costs of dementia in Canada. According to Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society, if current demographic trends continue, the prevalence of dementia will more than double in 30 years, with the costs increasing tenfold. Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Toys Recalled Due to Violation of Lead Paint Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 30, 2009 - As part of its commitment to protecting the Thomas & Friends Trainsafety of children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that RC2 Corp., of Oak Brook, Ill. has agreed to pay a $1.25 million civil penalty for allegedly violating the federal lead paint ban.Lake Superior News Health
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$10,000 cash for Christmas

THUNDER BAY, ON - December 29, 2009 - If Myrna McLeod wasn’t in the Christmas spirit Tony Stapley drawbefore, she is now. McLeod, of Nipigon, is the winner of $10,000 in the sold-out Intercity Shopping Centre Ultimate 50/50 Cash Draw. The draw was held today at Intercity Shopping
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Ischkinakker Shaker sets highest fundraising target for local Alzheimer Society

THUNDER BAY, ON – DECEMBER 16, 2009 - The Ischkinakker Shaker started 7 years ago when two Lakehead University students, Katie Ischkin and Johnny DeBakker wanted to organize an event to bring all of their friends who were studying out of town together during Christmas season. The first year, the event raised just over $1,500 but now, the event has higher fundraising goals with last year's event bringing in $13,000.  Katie and John have designated this year’s proceeds to go to the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay with the event being held on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at the CLE Coliseum. The media is cordially invited to attend. Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

Local partners spread the “arrive alive - DRIVE SOBER” message

THUNDER BAY, ON - December 14, 2009 - Today, community partners launched a new Deborah Luby and Tom Marinisinitiative to shut out impaired driving in our community during the holiday season.  Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Thunder Bay District Health Unit and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation have teamed up with provincial partners to encourage residents to “arrive alive - DRIVE SOBER.” Lake Superior News Health read more...>

The FluWatch Report ending November 28

THUNDER BAY, ON - December 11, 2009 - Please note that the Health Unit's LAST flu Public Health Agency of Canadaclinic will be held on Wednesday, December 16 from 2-7pm at the Lakehead Labour Centre.

After December 16, those who still want an H1N1 or seasonal flu shot can visit their health care provider or the Heath Unit's Wednesday immunization clinic (1:30-6:00 p.m.) at 999 Balmoral. Clients at the Wednesday immunization clinic will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Lake Superior News Health read more...>

HEINZ MIXED CEREAL FOR BABIES MAY CONTAIN OCHRATOXIN A

OTTAWA, ON - December 10, 2009 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Heinz Heinz Mixed CerealCanada are warning the public not to consume the Heinz Mixed Cereal for babies described below as it may contain elevated levels of Ochratoxin A (OTA). Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

 

 

 

New Family Health Team To Strengthen Health Care in Nipigon

THUNDER BAY, ON - December 11, 2009 - The Nipigon District Memorial Hospital will soon have a new family health team to provide better access to family health care.

The new family health team will deliver comprehensive health care services and offer additional programs tailored to the needs of the community, including seeing patients who do not have a family doctor.  The family health team will include family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers and dieticians. Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

Pathologist at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
recognized for excellence in improving cancer care

THUNDER BAY - December 4, 2009 – Dr. Joseph Wasielewski, Chief of
Dr. Joseph WasielewskiPathology and Medical Director of the Lab at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) received a prestigious award from the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario at the fourth annual Quality and Innovation Awards on Dec. 2. Lake Superior News Health
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COPING WITH GRIEF DURING THE HOLIDAYS

 THUNDER BAY, ON - December 2, 2009 - ‘Tis the season to be jolly. At least, that’s how the song goes. For many of us who have lost a loved one, this can be a particularly painful time of year.

The Wings of Remembrance Angel
 

 

It doesn’t matter how recent or long ago the loss was. Grief seems to intensify during the holiday season.

That’s because of our high expectations, says Kathleen Buso, Communications Coordinator with Hospice Northwest, a non-profit charity that provides compassionate support to individuals and their caregivers as they face the challenges of living with a life-limiting illness.Lake Superior News Health read more...>

 

 

 

 

 

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Thunder Bay Community Choir Benefit Concert to Help Locals with Dementia

THUNDER BAY, ON - NOVEMBER 25, 2009 – The Thunder Bay Community Choir will host a benefit concert for the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, on Sunday, November 29, 2009. Over 3,200 people in the Thunder Bay and surrounding area are served annually through the local Alzheimer Society. The media is cordially invited to attend. Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

 Stork Craft drop-side baby cribs recalled

THUNDER BAY, ON -----  November 23, 2009 ------    2 million drop-side baby cribs built by Stork Craft drop-side baby cribs Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc. are being recalled in the U.S. and Canada after the deaths of four infants.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Canadian and Health Canada announced the recall. 147,000 of the recalled Stork Craft drop-side cribs were branded with the Fisher-Price logo.

The recall includes more than 1.2 million cribs sold in the United States and 968,000 cribs sold in Canada, Parents shouldn't attempt to fix the cribs until a free repair kit is available

The Fisher-Price cribs were first sold in the U.S. in July 1998 and in Canada in September 1998  Lake Superior News Health read more.....>

 

 

TBDHU flu Activity is decreasing

THUNDER BAY,  -----  November 15, 2009   ---- A total of 7 H1N1 clinics (3 new) will be Thunder Bay District Health Unitheld next week in Thunder Bay (Nov 16-20).  Despite reports that flu ctivity is decreasing, the Health Unit is reminding people not to be complacent, and that it’s still important to get the shot. The lineups are shorter, wait times are significantly reduced, and the clinics are now open to the general public.

A 38-year-old Ottawa father of three has died after being admitted to hospital this week with what was believed to be swine flu. Lake Superior News Health  read more....>

 Thunder Bay Hospital Relaxes H1N1 “Visitor Restrictions 

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----  November 13, 2009   -----  FluWatch report for the week ending November 7, 2009  (week 44)  Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is noticing a gradual decline in patient pressures on the Emergency Department and in-patient admissions with a Febrile Respiratory Illness when compared to the peaks in activity in recent weeks.   Therefore, visitor restrictions are being reduced as of 6:00 pm on Friday, November 13, 2009.  Lake Superior News Health read more......>

 

Save a Heart Ball Keeps Growing

THUNDER BAY, ON - November 12, 2009 - If you are one of those people in Thunder Bay Peter Humeniuk and Vince Mirabelliwho waits for the last minute to get tickets to events, they you will be one of those people left wishing you could be attending the Save A Heart Ball. Tickets are completely sold out for the last month. There are 410 people able to attend. The number of attendees continues to climb, this year, in the midst of what some are calling a recession, ticket sales are up by 20%.

Vince Mirabelli the Chair of the Save a Heart Ball commented, "In the first 3 years of the Save A Heart Ball, we have had over 1,000 attendees and raised over $100,000". Tickets sold out very quickly this year, and the event is becoming one of the social events of the season in Thunder Bay.  Lake Superior News Health  read more.....>

THUNDER BAY, ON   ----    November 10, 2009 -----  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Maclaren Strollers Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

  • Name of Product: Maclaren Strollers
  • Units: About one million
  • Distributor: Maclaren USA, Inc., of South Norwalk, Conn.

Hazard: The stroller’s hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 15 reports of children placing their finger in the stroller’s hinge mechanism, resulting in 12 reports of fingertip amputations in the United States.

Description: This recall involves all Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers. The word “Maclaren” is printed on the stroller. The affected models included Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller.

Sold at: Babies“R”Us, Target and other juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide from 1999 through November 2009 for between $100 and $360. Lake Superior News Health  read more.....>

Thunder Bay District, 18 reported cases H1N1

THUNDER BAY, ----  October 24, 2009   -   There have been four new cases of the H1N1 flu Thunder Bay District Health Unit Swine Flu virus have been confirmed in the Thunder Bay District. The cases involved two young children from the Thunder Bay area, and a child and an adult from outlying communities. All have recovered. This count only reflects those cases that have been tested and confirmed positive. H1N1is the predominant flu strain this flu season in Ontario, and testing is not being routinely done for most flu cases.  Lake Superior News Health read more.....>

 

 H1N1 & Flu vaccine Schedule Announced

THUNDER BAY ---- October 23, 2009 - Today the Thunder Bay Dist received the District’s Lake Superior News Thunder Bay District Health Unitsupply of the H1N1 vaccine and we will begin administering it next week in Thunder Bay. The first clinic is going to be held Monday, October 26th from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Lakehead Labour Centre on Fort William Road, and in Marathon at the Moose Hall from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Health Unit wants to assure people that there will be enough H1N1 vaccine for everyone who wants or needs it, and is free. Lake Superior News Health read more.....>

Three new H1N1 cases Thunder Bay District

THUNDER BAY, ON, -----   October 15, 2009  ---   Three new H1N1 cases this past week Thunder Bay District Health Unithave been confirmed by The Thunder Bay District Health Unit .  All three have recovered from the illness,

That brings the total number of confirmed swine flu cases reported in this district to 14. The three new cases involved one child from an outlying community, and a child and an adult living in Thunder Bay.

On Tuesday, the Porcupine Health Unit, which serves parts of northeastern Ontario, was notified that tests on 2 male teenstested positive for H1N1 subtype of influenza A. One of the teens, a 15 year old was hospitalized and passed away, and the other is recovering at home, Lake Superior News Health read more.....>

15 yr-old, Timmins boy, dies with swine flu

TIMMINS, ON ------  October 15, 2009 ---   On Tuesday, the Porcupine Health Unit, which serves parts of northeastern Ontario, was notified that tests on 2 male teenstested positive for H1N1 subtype of influenza A. One of the teens, a 15 year old was hospitalized and passed away, and the other is recovering at home, they reported on Wednesday Lake Superior News Health  read  more......>

 

 

 

 

THUNDER BAY, ON - November 16, 2009 - Guests dined, danced and bid to their hearts’ content at the Downtown Volkswage Save a Heart Ball Saturday, November 14, 2009. 412 guests attended the sold-out event, which raised funds in support of the Northern Cardiac Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. A record $43,000 was raised to help expand angioplasty services. In its four-year history, the Ball has raised over $140,000. Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

 

 

Benefit in honor of Valorie Bobrowski-Donaldson

THUNDER BAY, --------  November 16, 2009   ------ a benefit in honor of my sister Valorie Bobrowski - Donaldson .  She is 44 years old, a wife, mother of two, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, and friend.  

Recently her world came crashing down when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Her family then travelled with her to Toronto for a biopsy only to discover that the tumour was highly cancerous and inoperable due to the size and location.  Doctors then informed us that an aggressive chemo and radiation schedule was the only available course of action.  As a result of the tumour's size and location, basic functions we take for granted everyday such as sight, hearing, speech, balance and memory are rapidly deteriorating. Lake Superior News Health  read more.......>

 

Having a Ball for cardiac care

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas is for kids!

THUNDER BAY, ON - December 1, 2009 - “When it comes to our children, we want the Kaylee Janis Parkerabsolute best care,” said Janis Beebe, member of the Board of Directors of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.

Both of Beebe’s grandchildren, Kaylee, 11 months, and Parker, three and a half years, were born at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. “When my daughter Christa had her children, the care was exceptional,” Beebe recalled. “I can’t say enough about the staff for all they did to make my grandchildren’s arrivals so safe and special.” Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

 

 

COPING WITH GRIEF DURING THE HOLIDAYS

THUNDER BAY, ON - December 2, 2009 - ‘Tis the season to be jolly. At least, that’s how The Wings of Remembrance Angelthe song goes. For many of us who have lost a loved one, this can be a particularly painful time of year.

It doesn’t matter how recent or long ago the loss was. Grief seems to intensify during the holiday season.

That’s because of our high expectations, says Kathleen Buso, Communications Coordinator with Hospice Northwest, a non-profit charity that provides compassionate support to individuals and their caregivers as they face the challenges of living with a life-limiting illness.Lake Superior News Health read more...>

 

 

 

 

 

 

THUNDER BAY, ON - January 7, 2010 – At a media conference today, the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI), Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) celebrated a milestone for Thunder Bay’s medical community by welcoming their first jointly appointed clinician scientist. Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

 

 

 

 

Deer Tick Tests Positive For Lyme Disease

THUNDER BAY, ON ----  May 27, 2010 ---   The Thunder Bay District Health Deer Tick on FingerUnit has received laboratory confirmation that a deer tick, found on a dog within the city limits, has tested positive for Lyme disease.  This is the first positive test for Lyme disease in a tick since the Health Unit started monitoring and testing ticks in 2005.

Although the majority of ticks in the area are harmless wood ticks, deer ticks have the potential to carry and transmit Lyme disease; a serious inflammatory illness which affects the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and joints. Lake Superior News Health  read more.....>

 

Celebrity hockey players join golfers in fight against cancer

THUNDER BAY , ON   -----   June 11, 2010  ---  Thursday, Northwestern Jordan Staal signing a jersey for event chair Tom MihalcevicOntario’s hockey celebrities left their usual gear behind in favour of golf shoes and clubs. Homegrown hockey stars participated in the Freedom 55 Financial Thunder Bay Hockey Celebrity Golf Classic in support of cancer care in our region. Funds raised support the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.

“I love returning to Northwestern Ontario. It’s great to be home helping support cancer patients in this community,” says Taylor Pyatt. Lake Superior News Healthread more......>

 

 

Learn about surgery uses ultrasound waves instead of scalpels

Thunder Bay, ON  -----   February  20, 2010 -–Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Thunder surgery uses ultrasound waves instead of scalpelsBay Regional Research Institute and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre have launched a dual-site Centre that stands to revolutionize surgery.

Teams of clinicians and scientists at both sites are pioneering new methods of caring for patients who have complex health concerns and would benefit greatly from surgery but in many cases, traditional operations pose high risks due to the delicate area of where the intervention would have to occur. With MRI-guided, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound therapy (also referred to as HIFU), many of these risks can be overcome by the simple fact that the procedures are performed without making a single surgical incision.

To learn more about it the public is invited to Northern Cancer Question & Answer public speaker series! Lake Superior News Health  read more.....>

 

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