Patients with mobility issues can now exercise their arms, wrists and shoulders while in bed instead of having to be moved to the gym in the Physiotherapy Department. A new, mobile arm ergometer unit, purchased through a Volunteer Association/Health Sciences Foundation Family CARE grant, is easily transported to a patient’s bedside for required cardiovascular strengthening and conditioning, increasing accessibility for these patients.
The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre provides integrated, interprofessional care services to its patients, helping our staff work in a collaborative practice that focuses on professional excellence, caring, respect and collegiality, and professional accountability. All health professionals work as part of a partnership or collaboration. Patients benefit from care that is well planned, holistic, consistent, and coordinated by a team of interprofessional healthcare providers.
The Health Sciences Centre is an academic health sciences centre, providing clinical training for learners in all health professions that work within the facility. Most of our students come from Lakehead University, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), or Confederation College in Thunder Bay, though we host students from across Canada and around the world. We provide comprehensive and interprofessional training for all learners based on our model of practice.
The Health Sciences Centre as a whole has developed and adopted its own unique Patient and Family Centred Care (PFCC) model of care. We are one of the first acute care institutions in the world to have such a comprehensive and integrated PFCC model of care, which aims to put the patient and family first. This goes beyond actively involving patients and families in their care plans – it’s a philosophy that permeates everything we do. For example, our over 100 Patient and Family Advisors (PFAs) provide input at every committee level from developing new care programs to hiring senior management. Click to learn more about PFCC at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.