The prevalence of diabetes in the North West LHIN is higher than the province at 14.5 per cent of the population age 18 years and over, compared to 12.4 per cent provincially according to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The people of Northwestern Ontario report poorer health practices than the population of the province as a whole. With a poorer health status and aging population, the North West LHIN is expected to face growth in the prevalence of diabetes and subsequent demand for health services.
If money and financial issues are a struggle for you, don’t worry, you are not alone. According to the Financial Planning Standards Council study, 42 % of Canadians rank ‘money’ as their greatest stress, ahead of ‘personal health’. Furthermore, stress is often one of the main culprits of many chronic diseases and illnesses, making financial wellness essential for good health and well-being.
“We value employees because our people make our hospital great,” said Amanda Bjorn, Vice President, Human Resources at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Recognizing employees, professional staff, and volunteers for their dedication and hard work is a priority. “We recently hosted the third annual Employee Recognition Week, because we know how important it is to feel valued at work,” Bjorn explained.
Just over a dozen Nurse Led Outreach teams exist in Ontario, and one of the most unique of these is at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Since 2009, the team has supported many clients to manage medical conditions outside the hospital, helping them to avoid Emergency Department visits and decrease the need for a Hospital stay.
The Cardiac Catheterization Lab, or “Cath Lab” at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is a specialized, regional unit that actually contains two separate catheterization rooms. The unit provides several services for patients with a variety of heart conditions and events. Our Cath Lab team is comprised of a small, close-knit team of professionals including Interventional and Diagnostic Cardiologists, Surgeons, RN’s, MRT’s, and clerks. Together, the team provides 24/7 emergency care, right here in Thunder Bay.
What’s the difference between a Visitor and a Care Partner? Both are important to patients, and both help improve experiences in care. At Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Care Partners are important member of the patient’s care team.
Levia Berardi is a cook in Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s Flavours Cafeteria. As a hardworking and dedicated employee, Levia continuously strives to improve the menu for our patients, visitors, and staff in order to provide a positive experience for those dining at our Hospital. She listens to her customers and tailors the menu to fit their needs and because of her, our cafeteria now offers various items that are vegan and gluten-free. Her committment to the health and satisfaction of others earned her the Healthy Together Walk the Talk Award.
Feedback from patients and family members regularly leads to improvements. At Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, it has resulted in a wide array of changes, such as increased parking spaces, better access after-hours, and improved use of patient waiting rooms.
Point Of Care UltraSound (PoCUS) is becoming a very important skill and a standard of care in Emergency Medicine. To help improve the level of care provided to our patients and families, members of Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s emergency care team recently participated in PoCUS simulation training.