The prevalence of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has increased amongst Indigenous populations. To figure out why and what to do about it, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute (TBRHRI) has partnered with Fort William First Nation.
When we began our journey in 2008, we found that only 31% of health care providers cleaned their hands before and after every contact with a patient. We were not alone; many other health care organizations had the same low rates. Now, our rate is well over 95%, and that means safer care for patients.
A new program helps maximize health outcomes for patients with musculoskeletal disease and disability across the region. The North West LHIN Regional Orthopaedic Program, launched in April 2016, shifts musculoskeletal care into a truly integrated system of quality care, closer to home.
Managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on your own can be difficult. Environmental or other factors can quietly affect your COPD, leading to a flare up, and in some cases, a trip to the Emergency Department.
Dr. Dimitrios Vergidis, MD, FRCPC, has announced his retirement from the Regional Cancer Program on October 31, 2016. After 25 years of service, Dr. Vergidis has made a significant contribution to Exceptional Cancer Care in Northwestern Ontario.
The science of genetics is a growing field that is discovering more about health than ever before, giving us more information about what we’re really made of, susceptible to, and can potentially help us in preventing disease. Leanne Mercer, Genetic Counsellor with the Genetics Program at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, explains how learning about your own specific genetic make-up can give insight into your health.
More effective problem solving happens through collaboration. There are other benefits as well; collaboration builds trust, and more trust means increased innovation, efficiencies, motivation, and improved satisfaction among staff, physicians and volunteers. And that ultimately leads to enhanced experiences for patients and their families.
What this particular P.A.R.T.Y. lacks in music and games, it makes up for in valuable knowledge and prevention. That’s what students from Matawa Learning Centre learned by attending Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth).