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Angus Reid Poll Cannabis Countdown: Anxiety lingers - Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Angus Reid  Poll Cannabis Countdown: Anxiety lingers over impact on impaired driving, organized crime and use among minors

Anxiety lingers Over Legalized Pot  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - September 25, 2018 (LSN)   With less than a month until the legalization of recreational marijuana, a new study from the Angus Reid Institute finds Canadians are three times as likely to say that measures in the law will fail rather than succeed (57% versus 17%) at preventing minors from accessing cannabis after October 17, and twice as likely to say they lack confidence in the ability of their community police to assess and punish those driving under the influence of marijuana (60% to 32%).

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Hospital earns high marks in Accreditation - Sunday, September 23, 2018

Hospital earns high marks in Accreditation

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre   Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - September 23, 2018  (LSN)  Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (the Hospital) has been ranked among the best. Accreditation Canada, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to engaging patients, policy-makers and the public to improve the safety and quality of health and social services, has awarded the Hospital an “A+”.

 

Four Accreditation Canada surveyors visited the Hospital from May 14-18, 2018 to conduct an on-site assessment of the Hospital’s leadership, governance, clinical programs and services against a rigorous set of quality and safety standards and required organizational practices.

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Hospital Northern Hospital Supply Chain - Friday, August 31, 2018

Hospital Northern Hospital Supply Chain Continues to Expand

Hospital Northern Hospital Supply Chain Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO – August 31, 2018  (LSN)   Patients and families across Ontario benefit from the newly expanded Northern Supply Chain (NSC) at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. The addition of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies Agencies (OACAS) to the NSC brings increased savings and efficiencies, making the NSC a leader in shared service organizations and one of the largest in Ontario with 85 members.

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Caribou Charity Ride Celebrates - Thursday, August 9, 2018

Caribou Charity Ride Celebrates Ten Years

Caribou Charity Ride Celebrates Ten Years  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  John Sims, Andrea Docherty, Alan Cranston, Devon Sokoloski

Thunder Bay, ON) –  During a lifetime, everyone will be affected by cancer. Ten years ago, the Caribou Charity Ride was created to give all kinds of people the motivation to challenge themselves while contributing to exceptional cancer care in Northwestern Ontario.

Organizers are thrilled that this year’s Ride, on Sunday, September 9, marks a real milestone in the event’s history. “To have an event run for ten years is pretty remarkable,” said John Sims

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Tuberculosis outbreak - Thursday, August 9, 2018

Tuberculosis Update:
TBDHU continues to manage tuberculosis outbreak

TBDHU Tuberculosis Update  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  August, 8, 2018  (LSN)  The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is continuing to manage an outbreak of tuberculosis in the city of Thunder Bay.  The outbreak was declared at the beginning of March.

To date, TBDHU has identified eleven cases of active tuberculosis in Thunder Bay associated with this outbreak. Most cases identified have occurred in individuals who lack adequate housing.  TBDHU staff has identified and are continuing to screen individuals who may have been exposed to active tuberculosis. TBDHU expects to identify additional cases through this screening process.

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Hospice Northwest Launches Volunteer Recruitment Drive - Monday, July 23, 2018

 Hospice Northwest Launches Volunteer Recruitment Drive with new Executive Director, Cherie Kok

 Hospice Northwest Executive Director, Cherie Kok Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health Executive Director, Cherie Kok

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - July 23, 2018  (LSN) The board of directors for Hospice Northwest is excited to announce the first new Executive Director for the organization in over 25 years. Cherie Kok has been selected to take over from Joan Williams, who had been with Hospice Northwest since 1993, when it was known as Via Vitae.

Cherie holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in Philanthropy and Development. Complimenting those educational achievements, she brings with her experience from both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, as the former Canadian Red Cross District Branch Manager, as well as 10 years with the Chartwell Retirement Residences, including positions in recreation, marketing and management.

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Smilezone Foundation Room, Staal Family Foundation, - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Smilezone Foundation Room, Staal Family Foundation, do make over at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) and George Jeffrey Children’s Centre

Simle Zone  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - July 11, 2018  (LSN)  Young patients at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) and George Jeffrey Children’s Centre are now benefiting from the exciting Smilezone transformations revealed at both organizations in a special unveiling ceremony held today. Thanks to the Smilezone Foundation and the Staal Family Foundation, ten rooms at the hospital and children’s centre have received a bright, child-friendly makeover. The Smilezone team refurbished these ten rooms with fresh paint, bright murals, entertainment units, therapeutic equipment, and more – in hopes of improving the experiences of children while they receive medical treatment and therapy.

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Rat Prevention & Control - Sunday, June 17, 2018

Rat Prevention & Control Educational Campaign Launched

Rat Control City of Thunder Bay  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  Lee Sieswerda (left) and Jason Sherband

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO June 17, 2018  (LSN) The City of Thunder Bay, in partnership with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, launched its Rat Prevention & Control educational campaign, and unveiled a promotional video and brochure today.

In 2017, City Council approved the introduction of a formal promotion and education campaign to educate residents on effective control methods to prevent an increase in the rat population.
The City of Thunder Bay and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit have a long-standing partnership when it comes to enforcement initiatives and both operate on a complaint-driven system.

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Fighting Prostate Cancer, One Ride at a Time - Saturday, June 16, 2018

Fighting Prostate Cancer, One Ride at a Time

Ride For Dad   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health $75,541.63 raised for Prostate Cancer

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO – June 16, 2018  (LSN)  The thunderous roar that marked the start of the Tbaytel Motorcycle Ride for Dad, presented by WINMAR was an in-your-ears reminder of the continued fight against prostate cancer in Northwestern Ontario. With hundreds of bikes revving their engines at once, the sound was deafening and brought with it an important message – we’re in this fight together and we won’t back down. The morning’s roar was not to be confused with the actual thunder storm that drenched riders late in the Ride in the afternoon.

Now in its 18th year, the Tbaytel Motorcycle Ride for Dad, presented by WINMAR welcomed 249  riders and passengers and raised $75,541.63 , bringing the 18-year total to $1,077,896. All funds raised through the Northern Cancer Fund support prostate cancer education, care and research in Northwestern Ontario, with 100% of funds staying local.

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LSRI to conduct beach monitoring - Monday, June 11, 2018

 Lake Superior Research Institute to conduct beach monitoring

Lake Superior Research Institute   Lake Superior News
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SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN – June 11, 2018  (LSN) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) has awarded the contract for implementing the federal Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act in Douglas County to the Lake Superior Research Institute (LSRI) at the University of Wisconsin-Superior for the third consecutive year.

LSRI will monitor Lake Superior beaches for the presence of E. coli, a bacteria found in the environment that can make people sick, to reduce the risk of disease for users of coastal, recreational beaches in Douglas County. As part of this monitoring effort, LSRI will also collect sanitary survey data at each of the monitored beaches. These surveys are designed to collect data on parameters that may influence E. coli concentrations, such as wave height, water temperature, and number of gulls. Since bacteria samples have a short holding time of 24 hours, the proximity of LSRI’s laboratories, which are located on the UW-Superior campus, were a factor in LSRI being selected to conduct the testing.

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Drug epidemic in Thunder Bay - Sunday, April 22, 2018

We have a drug epidemic in Thunder Bay

Drug epidemic in Thunder Bay  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  April 22, 2018  (LSN For the past six years, I spend a considerable amount of time on the streets and in other places with those suffering from alcohol and substance abuse. Some are homeless, some engage in illegal activities that provide the drugs that their raging bodies scream for. Some have become sex trade workers.   I have listened to the horrors of their inner pain and struggles.  I have held many with tears and I have smudged with many. 

I listen to stories about the gangs from Ottawa and Toronto—how these gangs operate on “crack for credit” This operation of “lending” crack is contributing to the drug epidemic in Thunder Bay.  In addition, it is a known fact that crack cocaine is being laced with fentanyl and the gangs hunt for the vulnerable ones—ones that may be homeless, ones that live in specific low income areas. These gangs “lend” crack in exchange for the use of the borrower’s home which in turn, is used for the gang’s drug base.

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Change in Leadership at the North West LHIN - Friday, April 20, 2018

Change in Leadership at the North West LHIN

Dr. Rhonda Crocker Ellacott  LHIN Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health   Dr. Rhonda Crocker Ellacott

THUNDER BAY,ONTARIO, - April 19, 2018- (LSN)  Gil Labine, Chair of the North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) announced today the appointment of the new CEO for the North West LHIN, Dr. Rhonda Crocker-Ellacott.

 

“The Board of Directors wishes to acknowledge the high caliber of skills and abilities that Rhonda brings to this prestigious position with the North West LHIN; her leadership experience and her passion for quality health care in Northwestern Ontario will be an asset for the LHIN. She brings a strong work ethic and demonstrated ability to mobilize teams toward a common goal.

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Hospital welcomes Second Vascular Surgeon - Friday, April 20, 2018

Thunder Bay Regional Hospital welcomes 
Second Vascular Surgeon

Dr MacDonald Dr Osman  Second Vascular Surgeon  Lake Superior News

#LSN_Health Dr. Mary MacDonald and Dr. Elrasheed Osman

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  April 20, 2018  (LSN)  Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is another step closer to offering a full cardiovascular program. In January, Dr. Elrasheed Osman joined our team of talented physicians. He is the second vascular surgeon at our Hospital, and key to our commitment to deliver comprehensive cardiovascular care. 

 

The addition of Dr. Osman and his knowledge and experience improves our capacity to provide much needed vascular services, closer to home, for patients across Northwestern Ontario. Dr. Osman joins our other vascular surgeon, Dr. Mary MacDonald, who joined our team in October of 2016.

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Auction Raises $84,637.48! - Monday, April 16, 2018

20th Anniversary Bachelors
Hope Charity Auction Raises $84,637.48!

20th Anniversary Bachelors Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO –  April 16, 2018  (LSN)  A milestone year was celebrated on Friday night at the Valhalla Inn as the Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction marked twenty years of raising funds for the Northern Cancer Fund for breast cancer research, education, diagnosis and treatment. This year’s event sold out quickly and raised $84,637.48, bringing the twenty-year total to $1,247,180.48!!

Ten Bachelors were recruited early in 2018 to celebrate this special year, and they proved up to the task, entertaining women with an incredible dance routine and then showcasing their charm as they were auctioned off in partnership with date packages

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Not A Second Longer - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Doctors Address Wait Times Crisis
at Queen’s Park ‘Not A Second Longer’

Dr Shawn Whatley, OMA  at Queens Park  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  DrShawn Whatley, “Not a Second Longer” is a call to action to fight poor government decision-making

TORONTO, ONTARIO  March 27, 2018  (LSN)  Dr. Shawn Whatley, President of the Ontario Medical Association, is at Queen’s Park this morning to highlight the need for government to work with Ontario’s doctors given the state of our healthcare system.

The OMA is looking for a working relationship with the government to get moving on fixing issues like wait times and our advertising campaign is exactly what doctors in Ontario are hearing from our patients: ‘Not A Second Longer.’

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opioid use and impacts in Thunder Bay - Monday, March 26, 2018

Opioid use higher in Thunder Bay District
than the rest of Ontario

Opioid use higher in Thunder Bay  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  Thunder Bay Drug Strategy and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  March 26, 2018   (LSN)  A new report indicates that the rates of opioid-related harms measured by healthcare system use are higher in Thunder Bay District than the rest of Ontario. The Opioid Use and Impacts in Thunder Bay District report released today by the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) is the first collaborative data compilation effort to provide information about local trends in opioid-related harms. The report, presented at the Northwest Region Opioid Strategy Event held at the Da Vinci Centre, provides a perspective on how the opioid issue in our District has changed and the factors that may be contributing to its growth. 

The report shows that in 2016, 53 emergency department visits for opioid toxicity per 100,000 people were reported in the Thunder Bay District, compared to 32 per 100,000 reported in Ontario; and that methadone is the most commonly detected opioid at death due to opioid overdose. In Ontario, fentanyl is the most commonly detected opioid at death due to opioid overdose.

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update on an outbreak of tuberculosis - Friday, March 23, 2018

Thunder Bay District Health Unit update
on an outbreak of tuberculosis
in Thunder Bay

TBDHU Tuberculosis Update  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  March 23, 2018  (LSN)  On the eve of World TB Day, March 24, 2018, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit continues to manage an outbreak of tuberculosis in Thunder Bay. Currently, TBDHU has identified eight cases of respiratory tuberculosis, and is contacting people who may have been exposed. Most cases identified to date have occurred in individuals who lack adequate housing. TBDHU is holding clinics at Shelter House for anyone who is currently homeless or underhoused.

Tuberculosis is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis and is treated with antibiotics. Infection with M. tuberculosis ranges from asymptomatic, latent tuberculosis infection to symptomatic, active tuberculosis disease.

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Healthy Kids Community Challenge Launches Reduce Screen Time - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Healthy Kids Community Challenge
Launches Initiative to Reduce Screen Time

Healthy Kids Community Challenge  Thunder Bay District Health Unit  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - March 21, 2018  (LSN)  Healthy Kids Community Challenge Thunder Bay (HKCC Thunder Bay), launched the Power Off and Play! initiative - the next phase of the HKCC. This phase aims to encourage kids and families to build a balanced day by replacing screen time with more physical activity, social interaction, fun and educational choices for children.

“Encouraging active and fun alternatives for kids is critical for their physical health and well-being,” says Marianne Stuart, HKCC Thunder Bay Coordinator. “Balancing kid’s screen time can increase cognitive and communication skills in a child’s development. Yet, with all the new technology options and devices out there, limiting the time that kids spend looking at screens has never been harder.”

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Screen for Life Coach Returning to the Region - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Don’t Miss the Bus!
Screen for Life Coach Returning to the Region

Screen for Life Coach  Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  March 21, 2018)  (LSN)  Returning to the region this spring for a full travel season is the Screen for Life Coach - a mobile health screening service that provides breast, cervical and colon cancer screening to more than 70 different locations in Northwestern Ontario.

Lauren Beach, Mobile Coach Lead at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, is preparing for the upcoming travel season. “We are excited to get the Coach back on the road! Our team of registered nurses and medical radiation technologists look forward to providing high-quality health care services, and seeing some familiar faces in the region,” insisted Beach.

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Tuberculosis in Thunder Bay - Friday, March 9, 2018

Tuberculosis in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay District Health Unit   TB In Thunder Bay   Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - March 8, 2018  (LSN) The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is managing an outbreak of four cases of tuberculosis in Thunder Bay. Tuberculosis is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and is treated with antibiotics.

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More Long term Care beds - Thursday, February 8, 2018

FONOM and NOMA Expecting Increase in Number of Long-Term Care Beds across the north North

NOMA FONOM   Long term Care beds  across the north  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  Regional Political Leaders expecting more long term beds 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO February 8, 2018 -  (LSN)  The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) and the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) are pleased to learn that the government will soon be announcing calls for proposals for new bed developments in long-term care.

The government of Ontario had committed to creating 5,000 new long-term care beds by 2022 and over 30,000 new beds over the next decade which was outlined in their recent paper, Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors, and reiterated in the Fall Economic Statement. This commitment was welcomed news by stakeholders advocating for greater system capacity to address the growing number of seniors

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Colon Cleansing Services Advised to Get Tested - Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Thunder Bay District Health Unit is advising Clients of Thunder Bay Colon Cleansing Services Advised to Get Tested

Natural Health and Chiropractic,
#LSN_Health  Natural Health and Chiropractic,  Colon Therapy Clinic, 267 Park Avenue

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  February 6, 2018 -   (LSN) Thunder Bay District Health Unit is recommending that clients of two Thunder Bay colon cleansing services get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.  

An infection control investigation conducted by the Health Unit has determined that clients who received colon cleansing services operated by Natural Health and Chiropractic, located at 817 Victoria Avenue East, and the Colon Therapy Clinic, located at 267 Park Avenue, may have been exposed to improperly cleaned instruments. These clients may be at risk for a variety of bloodborne, sexually-transmitted and enteric infections.

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Relief for Overcapacity Crisis - Saturday, January 13, 2018

System Partners Work  Provide Relief for Overcapacity Crisis

System Partners Provide Relief for Overcapacity Crisis  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - January 13, 2018  (LSN)  Local health care leaders announced measures to provide relief from uncharacteristically high overcapacity at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (the Hospital).

The North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has made investments over the past two months with health care system partners in the city of Thunder Bay to create capacity for 45 more patients.

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Carfentanil in Thunder Bay - Saturday, January 13, 2018

TBDHU Advises of Presence of Carfentanil in Thunder Bay

Carfentanil in Thunder Bay  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  Heroin laced with Elephant Tranquilizer blamed for Minnesota overdose deaths

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - January 13, 2017  (LSN) The Health Unit is advising the public that carfentanil - a dangerous opioid - may be present in street drugs in Thunder Bay after a laboratory report confirms that a urine sample from a local resident tested positive for the drug.

“Carfentanil is a toxic opioid that is more potent than fentanyl and is sometimes mixed into street drugs,” said Dr. Emily Groot, Associate Medical Officer of Health for the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.  “Street drugs contaminated with carfentanil have been detected with increasing frequency in Canada, and this is the first confirmation we have of it in Thunder Bay.”

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TBay Hospital surge capacity crisis - Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is experiencing a surge capacity crisis

Dr Stewart Kennedy   TBRHSC    Lake Superior News

Today, Dr. Stewart Kennedy, EVP Medical and Academic Affairs and Acting CEO at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, made the following statement.

 

“Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is experiencing a surge capacity crisis, with exceptionally high numbers of admitted patients. Every effort is being made to support patient care and flow.

 


#LSN_Health   Dr. Stewart Kennedy

Thunder Bay, ONTARIO  - January 2, 2018  (LSN) Today, Dr. Stewart Kennedy, EVP Medical and Academic Affairs and Acting CEO at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, made the following statement.

“Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is experiencing a surge capacity crisis, with exceptionally high numbers of admitted patients. Every effort is being made to support patient care and flow.

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Cook County files lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies - Monday, January 1, 2018

Cook County has filed a lawsuit against the nation’s leading pharmaceutical companies

Cook County Il files law against pharmaceutical companies
#LSN_Health   Cook County Illinois

COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS,  January 1, 2018   (LSN)  Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and State’s Attorney Kim Foxx today announced the County has filed a lawsuit against the nation’s leading pharmaceutical companies over their manufacture and aggressive marketing of prescription opioid painkillers and the resulting climb in overdose and fatality rates ravaging families and communities throughout Cook County.

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Fast Track Emergency Heart Patients in Hospital - Thursday, December 14, 2017

New Process Will Fast Track Emergency
Heart Patients in Hospital

EMS Heart Patients   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  P aramedics transmit positive ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) 12-leads

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - December 13, 2017  (LSN) The Superior North Emergency Medical Services and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center (TBRHSC) have joined forces to implement a process which will see paramedics transmit positive ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) 12-leads to an interventional cardiologist at the TBRHSC which will see the patient by-pass the Emergency Room and go directly to the Cardiac Catheter lab for treatment.

This new procedure will see paramedics assess their patient and obtain a 12-lead Electrocardiogram (ECG) at the scene. They then interpret the ECG to determine if there is ST elevation, which is often indicative of a Myocardial Infarction, otherwise known as a heart attack.

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LS patient care standards - Thursday, December 7, 2017

Superior North EMS paramedics
BLS patient care standards

Superior North EMS paramedics BLS patient care standards Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  Spinal Motion Restriction

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  Decemnber 7, 2017 (LSN) The Superior North EMS paramedics are spending time in the classroom learning all of the many changes that are being brought about to them by revisions to their BLS patient care standards. The Basic Life Support Patient Care Standards (BLS PCS) is the standard by which all paramedics across Ontario shall provide the minimum mandatory level of care.

The BLS PCS has been revised based on evidence and best practice recommendations and guidelines. It is aligned with other provincial and federal acts, regulations and standards.

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TBay Regional Hospital Recognized for Achievement - Thursday, December 7, 2017

TBay Regional Hospital Recognized for Achievement in Organ & Tissue Donation

Gary Cooper   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  Gary Cooper is an organ donor recipient, advocate

(Thunder Bay, ON – December 5, 2017) Trillium Gift of Life Network has once again presented Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre 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 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 patients’ health records 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.

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NAN Health Summit - Friday, November 17, 2017

NAN Ontario, Canada solidify work plan to achieve health system transformation for 49 First Nations 

Nishnawbe Aski Nation  NAN  Lake Superior News
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TIMMINS, ONTARIO -  November 17, 2017   (LSN)  Federal, Provincial and First Nations leaders taking action on health transformation for First Nations in NAN Territory 

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada recognize the challenges in delivering health services in First Nations communities and are committed to working together to help overcome them.

Today, Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Canada’s Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott, and Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Eric Hoskins committed to supporting the Joint Action Table Health Transformation Work Plan at the NAN Health Summit.

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Top Research Hospital for Seventh Consecutive Year - Thursday, November 16, 2017

Health Sciences Centre Ranks as
Top Research Hospital for Seventh Consecutive Year

TBHSC Rank in top 40  Research Hospital   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre occupies the 38th position.

Thunder Bay, Ontario  – November 16, 2017  (LSN)  After debuting on the list of Top 40 Research Hospitals in Canada in 2010, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre continues to rank among the leading health research institutions in the country.

Seven years ago, our Hospital appeared on the list for the first time, entering at #40. This year, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre occupies the 38th position.

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Cook County Community Health Survey - Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cook County Community Health Survey
Seeking Resident Input

Cook County Community Health Survey  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  Cook County   Grand Portage 

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  -November 16, 2017 –   (LSN) Cook County Public Health and Human Services is completing a Community Health Needs Assessment and is giving residents an opportunity over the next month to provide input which will help guide the public health work in Cook County and Grand Portage.

“Your voice matters,” said Alison McIntyre, Director – Public Health & Human Services. “By completing the Community Health Survey, your response will help shape future programs and healthy living initiatives in Cook County and Grand Portage.”

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Paramedic giving flu shot - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Free Flu Shots at Junot EMS Station
​ Oct 30th to Nov 2nd

Flue Shots EMS Station Junot Ave    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  Superior North EMS wants to help keep you healthy

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  October 25, 2017  (LSN)  Flu season is fast approaching and Superior North EMS is reminding everyone to get their flu shot.  According to Health Canada, the risk of getting the flu is higher in the late fall and winter months. The flu is also ranked among the top 10 leading causes of death in Canada. Getting the flu shot can protect you if you are exposed to the virus, prevent you from getting very sick and help protect other people because you are less likely to spread the virus to others. You can also protect yourself and those around you by washing your hands frequently, coughing and sneezing into your arm, avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes with your hands, eating healthy and getting plenty of rest.

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Flu Clinics Begin - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Thunder Bay District Health Unit
Free Flu Clinics Begin 

Dr Groot Receives Flu Shot   Lake  Superior News
#LSN_Health It’s never been easier to get a flu shot

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO October 24, 2017  (LSN) The TBDHU launched its annual community flu shot clinics today at the West Thunder Community Centre. This year, the Health Unit will host one clinic per week with the last clinic on Thursday, November 30. Clinics will also be held in eight district communities served by the TBDHU.

Getting the flu shot is easier now that pharmacists are licensed to give the flu shot to people aged 5 and older. To accommodate families with children younger than 5 years old, the TBDHU has scheduled its clinics after the work day and into the early evening since public health nurses may immunize those 6 months of age and older.

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Retinal Imaging Camera Unveiled - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Retinal Imaging Camera Unveiled Thanks to Visionary Donors

Retinal Imaging Camera  Thunder Bay Regional Hospital   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Heath  Lions Vision Care Centre inside the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Thunder Bay, ONTARIO  – October 17, 2017   (LSN) It was a day of celebration inside the Lions Vision Care Centre at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre as a new Retinal Imaging Camera was unveiled. The Camera is 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 $160,000, which was fully funded thanks to donations, including significant gifts from Lions Clubs, which have always been very supportive of ophthalmology needs at the Health Sciences Centre, having already given over $800,000 since 1998. Last year, they announced gifts totaling $75,000 to the Retinal Imaging Camera (from Lions Clubs from Thunder Bay, Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba, along with Lions Clubs International). 

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Screening Can Reduce the Risk of Cervical Cancer - Monday, October 16, 2017

Staying Up-To-Date with Screening Can Reduce the Risk of Cervical Cancer 

Screening Can Reduce the Risk of Cervical Cancer  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health    Women are encouraged to get screened every three years until age 70

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO –  October 16, 2016  (LSN)  October 16 to 20 is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, in partnership with Cancer Care Ontario, is encouraging women to stay up-to-date with regular Pap tests. It is estimated that in 2017, about 710 women in Ontario will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and about 150 women will die from the disease.

“In our region, only 59 percent of women have been screened for cervical cancer,” said Dr. Naana Jumah, Regional Cervical Screening/Colposcopy Lead for the Northwest region. “Regular screening is important because it can find changes in the cervix before it turns into cancer. Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with regular cancer screening.”

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 Increase of Invasive Group A Strep - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thunder Bay District Health Unit Reports Increase of Invasive Group A Strep

Thunder Bay Health Unit Reports  Increase of Invasive Group A Strep Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health    Health Unit  Anybody can get an IGAS infection

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  October 11, 2017 -  (LSN)  Over 2017, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit has seen an increase in the number of cases of invasive group A streptococcal (IGAS) infections in our community. This infection develops when the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes gets into the blood, joints, lungs, or lining of the brain. Streptococcus pyogenes also causes more common diseases, like strep throat and minor skin infections.

Anybody can get an IGAS infection. However, in our area, IGAS reflects health inequities, and infection most commonly affects a very vulnerable group of people: individuals who have significant underlying illnesses, lack adequate housing, or use injection drugs. IGAS infections tend to be more common in the fall and winter, so we are expecting more cases.

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Free Radon Kits for Oliver Paipoonge and Marathon - Monday, October 2, 2017

Free Radon Kits for Oliver Paipoonge and Marathon

Radon Kits for Oliver Paipoonge and Marathon  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  16% of homes tested in Thunder Bay had high radon levels

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---   October 2, 2017  (LSN)  The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is inviting residents of Oliver Paipoonge and Marathon to participate in a study to measure radon levels in their homes. Free radon home-testing kits will be available to 220 eligible households in Oliver Paipoonge and 150 eligible households in Marathon. The information gathered from the kits will help the TBDHU identify radon levels in those municipalities.  

A 2015 study of radon levels conducted by the TBDHU found that 16% of homes tested in Thunder Bay had high radon levels, which was much higher than the provincial and national averages. That study also found that radon prevalence increased in the more rural areas of the city. 

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Luncheon of Hope Celebrates 25 Years - Friday, September 29, 2017

Luncheon of Hope Celebrates 25 Years

 Luncheon of Hope Celebrates 25 Years  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  This year’s raised $32,688.45, bringing the 25-year total to $394,688.45.

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO Sept3mb34 29, 2017  (LSN) It was a sight to see today as over 400 women filled the ballroom at the Victoria Inn to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Tbaytel Luncheon of Hope. Smiles and laughter were prominent, with a few tears shed too, in memory of those who’d passed on from breast cancer.

This year’s luncheon had a local focus, with organizers choosing to profile local breast cancer survivors and healthcare professionals. While each speaker had a unique message, two themes emerged; that of hope and an ever-changing landscape in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.  

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Access Point Northwest - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Access Point Northwest

Access Point Northwest
#LSN_Health  dedicated to helping people find the services they need

THUNDER BAY, September 19, 2017 – Several organizations have joined forces to offer a single point of contact called Access Point Northwest, dedicated to helping people find the services they need.

Access Point Northwest simplifies the outpatient referral process for clients and primary care providers in Northwestern Ontario. It is for people and health care providers to access programs specifically in outpatient mental health, supportive housing, case management, and chronic pain management.

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Reduce Youth Smoking - Monday, September 18, 2017

Money and Support to Reduce Youth Smoking

Money and Support to Reduce Youth Smoking  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  may be eligible to receive up to $1000

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  September 18, 2017 (LSN)  With students now back at school, the Northwest Tobacco Control Area Network (NW TCAN) is calling out for high school, post-secondary and community groups to participate in the TRYPs program where they may be eligible to receive up to $1000 for smoking-reduction projects aimed at young people between the ages of 13-24.

TRYPS - the Tobacco Reduction in Youth Partnerships (TRYPs) program - collaborates with schools and organizations on activities that focus on reducing commercial tobacco use among young people in Northwestern Ontario. Through TRYPs, groups can receive funding for their smoking-reduction focused activities along with program support from public health youth engagement staff.

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Health Unit asks “Are you in?” - Saturday, September 16, 2017

New Healthy Lifestyle Campaign Asks, “Are you in?”

Healthy Lifestyle Campaign Asks, “Are you in?”  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  Health Unit asks  “Are you in?”

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  September 16, 2017   (LSN)  The Health Unit’s  a new multi-media campaign was unveiled to encourage adults in Thunder Bay and District to eat well, be more active and make small changes over time for better health in the future. 

Are you in? features local residents making healthy choices and inviting others to join them in the healthy living movement.

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TBRHSC switch to digital will Improve Patient Care - Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Switch to digital at the Hospital will Improve Patient Care

Thunder Bay Hospital  Digital Care Improve Patient Care Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  TBRHSC switch to digital will Improve Patient Care

Thunder Bay, ON – September 6, 2017) An important tool in patient care officially made the switch to digital today at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (the Hospital).

When patients are admitted to hospital, the next steps in their health care journey are identified and recorded. This system, called order sets, ensures everyone involved in the care team is informed and follows the same instructions. The Hospital is introducing a new way to implement order sets to improve patient care.

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Recall Shore Lunch brand Fish Breading/Batter Mix - Saturday, September 2, 2017

Food Recall Warning - Shore Lunch brand Fish Breading/Batter Mix recalled due to Salmonella

Shore Lunch brand Fish Breading/Batter Mix recalled   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health   Shore  Lunch   Salmonella

Ottawa, September 1, 2017 - Industry is recalling Shore Lunch brand Fish Breading/Batter Mix from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

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OMA New Federal Heath Minister - Monday, August 28, 2017

Ontario’s doctors welcome new federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor

OMA  Minister Petitpas Taylor  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health   OMA   Look foreward to working with New Federal Heath Minister

Toronto, Ontario August  28, 2017 – (LSN)  Following news of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet shuffle today, Ontario’s doctors look forward to building a working relationship with the new federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor.

Physicians in Ontario currently face grave uncertainty following federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposed federal tax changes for incorporated professionals. With approximately 20,500 doctors in Ontario holding private corporations, we hope that Minister Petitpas Taylor will act as an advocate for physicians against these changes.

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Abortion Pill Available Across Ontario at No Cost - Saturday, August 5, 2017

Abortion Pill Available Across Ontario  ~ Lake Superior News
LSN_Health   Abortion Pill Available Across Ontario at No Cost

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  August 5, 2017   (LSN)  Ontario is giving women more choice over their reproductive health by making Mifegymiso, a safe and effective medical alternative to surgical abortion, available at no cost.

Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of the Status of Women, on behalf of Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at Women's Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre in Toronto today to announce that, as of August 10, 2017, women with a valid health card and prescription from their doctor or nurse practitioner will be able to get the drug for free at participating pharmacies across the province.

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