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New $30 Million Surgical Innovation Fund

New $30 Million Surgical Innovation Fund

That Northern Hospital are able to apply for

NORTHERN, ONTARIO ~~~~~~~   June 23, 2021  (LSN)    All hospitals across Ontario are eligible to submit their proposals to their Ontario Health Region between June 23 and July 21, 2021. 

Working with Ontario Health, the Ministry of Health will review proposals from hospitals and approve projects according to a set of guidelines shared with hospitals, including impact on increased surgical and procedural capacity, alignment with surgical recovery priorities such as local wait times, and long-term utility to create lasting impacts for sustained surgical output increases. Each Ontario Health Region will take a leadership role in working with their local hospitals to maximize their resources. 

Fund will Support Additional Hospital Capacity to Improve Access to Care Across Ontario

The new $30 million Surgical Innovation Fund is a proposal-based funding opportunity that will support hospitals in all regions of the province to address barriers to surgeries that cannot be addressed by other existing hospital funding streams, including training for more operating room nurses, equipment and technology supports, and small capital projects to leverage existing spaces to provide additional operating room output

All hospitals across Ontario are eligible to submit their proposals through their Ontario Health Region by July 21, 2021. Working with Ontario Health, the Ministry of Health will review proposals from hospitals and approve projects according to a set of guidelines, including impact on increased surgical and procedural capacity, alignment with surgical recovery priorities such as local wait times, and long-term utility to create lasting impacts for sustained surgical output increases. Joint collaborations between local hospitals and proposals from Ontario Health Teams are also welcomed to maximize both regional collaboration and surgical care pathways, and transitions of care. Funding for approved projects is anticipated to be released in early Fall 2021 for immediate implementation this year.

“The recovery of our health system is vitally important to Ontarians,” said Matthew Anderson, President & CEO of Ontario Health. “As we work to restore care, we will build on the collaborations that have been established during the pandemic and ensure our approach focuses on the entire continuum of care that connects patients requiring surgical services.”

It is critical that Ontarians continue to seek care when they need it and that they contact their health care team if they require urgent care. The government continues to work closely with health system partners to explore additional measures and ensure patients and their families have access to the high-quality care they need, when they need it.

Quick Facts

  • Over 465,000 scheduled surgeries took place in Ontario’s hospitals in 2020-2021. Access to urgent lifesaving surgeries was preserved during the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In areas less impacted by COVID-19, hospitals were able to do more surgeries in November and December than they had in previous years, delivering important surgical care to Ontarians, while reducing wait times for patients to have the procedures they need. As a result of improvements in hospital capacity, the volume of surgeries being completed in Ontario has increased by approximately 20 per cent a week since non-urgent surgeries resumed in May. Surgical output has reached nearly 70 per cent of pre-pandemic levels.
  • Based on the latest modelling data, COVID-19 cases, percent positivity, hospitalizations and ICU occupancy have significantly dropped due to the collective efforts of Ontarians. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the province have decreased by 23.7 per cent between June 14 and June 20, 2021.
  • Under the 2021 Budget, Ontario is investing an additional $1.8 billion in the hospital sector in 2021-2022, bringing the total additional investment in hospitals since the start of the pandemic to over $5.1 billion. This includes creating more than 3,100 additional hospital beds to increase capacity and reduce occupancy pressures caused by COVID-19.
  • As part of the province’s $2.8 billion fall preparedness plan, the government has invested $283.7 million to assist the health system’s ongoing efforts to reduce surgical wait times, and $457.5 million to ensure that the health system is prepared to respond to any waves or surges of COVID-19 without interrupting routine health services.
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Beacons of Hope exhibition opening at Concordia University-St. Paul

Solo exhibition by Anne Labovitz

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NORTHERN, MINNESOTA  ~~~~~~  September 16, 2021  (LSNews)  I am pleased to announce the opening of my latest exhibition, Beacons of Hope curated by Dr. Megan Arney Johnston at Concordia University-St. Paul.  The site-specific works center on the conceptual and gestural elements of hope.

Beacons of Hope opens Thursday, September 16th from 5-7pm with an artist talk at 5:30.  Please join me.  If you're unable to attend, the artist talk will be recorded and shared at a later date, and the works will be on view through October 13th.

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Lake Superior water levels have declined and have reached the seasonal long-term average

for the first time since April 2014

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~~  September 13, 2021 (LSNews)   As a result of the drier than average weather and water supply conditions, Lake Superior water levels have declined and have reached the seasonal long-term average for the first time since April 2014. Conditions have been wetter in the Lake Michigan-Huron basin and water levels are midway between the seasonal long-term average and the record high water levels that were observed last year. Lake Superior outflows continue to be set in consideration of water levels upstream and downstream.

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Horne Fire Update

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ISLE ROYALE, MICHIGAN  ~~~~~~~  August 28, 2021 (LSNews)  The Horne Fire is currently 245 acres in size and still 15% contained. Isle Royale received 0.75 inches of rain yesterday. Firefighters are currently working to control and contain the fire. Check out the most recent maps of the Horne Fire

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Magnus Announces Lineup for 50th Anniversary Season

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~~~  August 26, 2021 (LSNews)   Magnus Theatre is excited to announce a return to the stage, with a full season of Mainstage programming running from September 16, 2021 until May 14, 2022.

The theatre will be celebrating its 50th anniversary during the upcoming season

Horne Fire Update and Closures

Isle Royale National Park

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ISLE ROYAL, MICHIGAN ~~~~~~~  August 22, 2021,(LSNews)   Isle Royale National Park is experiencing a wildfire on the island’s east end- the Horne Fire. It is approximately 200 acres in size at this time. Due to the progress of the Horne Fire, ongoing drought conditions, and elevated levels of fire danger, area closures are necessary to maintain public health and safety. Closed areas will be signed where possible and monitored to ensure compliance.

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Iola Car Show prepares for Rally for Iola - Sept. 18th

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NORTHERN, WISCONSIN ~~~~~~  August 16 , 2021  (LSNews) When the Iola Car Show was cancelled in 2020, the staff held a car cruise to celebrate all things cars. This cruise brought in over 1,000 cars that travelled through surrounding communities. This showcase was a treat for Waupaca County - most volunteers are local and without the Iola Car Show, they could really enjoy the car cruise. It was such a "feel-good" event that it will happen again, this time on September 18th, as a last hoorah before the car show seasons takes a break. All show cars are welcome - there is no cutoff year!

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UP Wide Health Survey Arriving Soon

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SAULT STE MAIRE, MICHIGAN  ~~~~~~  August 16, 2021 (LSNews)  Health surveys will be mailed this week to randomly selected household addresses across the Upper Peninsula as part of a community health needs assessment sponsored by 32 regional healthcare partners, including local health departments, hospitals, clinics, behavioral health agencies and health foundations.

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