At Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC), patients and families are at the centre of everything we do. To this day, TBRHSC remains the first and only hospital in Canada to receive Leading Practice designation for Patient and Family Centred Care (PFCC) from Accreditation Canada.
Knowing the truth about breast cancer and mammograms could help to save your life or those of your loved ones. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s a great time to provide breast cancer screening knowledge and break down some of the most persistent myths about mammograms.
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) offers care that involves the whole person – body, mind and Spirit. Spiritual Care Providers work with patients and families in times of illness, trauma and loss, when people often require more than physical care to help them cope. October 19th – October 23rd marks Spiritual Care Awareness Week at the Health Sciences Centre. Lisa Laitinen-Egbuchulam and Michael Robinson, Spiritual Care Practice Leads at TBRHSC, want to use this week as a reminder that Spiritual Care services play an important role in the healing journey of patients and their families.
You’ve heard about canning, blanching, and freezing, but have you heard about root cellaring? Root cellaring is another great vegetable saving technique that you can learn to help preserve your locally grown produce. In its simplest form, root cellaring doesn’t require a full family affair weekend of preparation, it just requires a cellar or cold room in your basement.
On September 25th, 2015, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) celebrated its new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant which promises to reduce the hospital’s average annual electricity bills by over a half million dollars.
Housed on the ground floor of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, the Clinical Laboratory is a place not-often visited. But for the 141 staff that work there, that’s ok. Because being tucked away means they can get down to work – and there’s a lot of work to do. For instance, in the last year, from the Emergency Department alone, there were 70,967 phlebotomy collections. Hospital surgical pathology specimens totaled 20,815. And 29,465 urinalyses were completed.
If you’ve had the opportunity to meet Gail Brescia, 53, then you know that she is a focused, spunky and dedicated woman ready to take on the world. In fact, the way in which Gail approaches her life, with a positive attitude, confident smile and fashionable high heels, would make anybody second guess that Gail is currently receiving treatment for breast cancer.
ervical cancer is highly preventable using Pap screening and testing for Human papillomavirus (HPV), the main risk for cervical cancer.
Despite these options, according to the ACCSS web site, First Nations women endure notably higher rates of diagnosis and mortality due to cervical cancer. First Nations women are less likely to seek out medical care until it’s absolutely necessary. They have less access to education on health issues, and have to travel significant distances off reserve to get even limited access to health care.
A mammogram is a quick and easy way to detect breast cancer in its early stages. It only takes five minutes to book it, and ten minutes to complete the mammogram.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian women, with one in nine women expected to be diagnosed. If caught early, there is less chance of the cancer spreading, and a greater chance of successfully treating it. Early detection is the most reliable protection.
This week, TBRHSC will be hosting a pair of informative events aimed at showcasing PFCC and how it benefits patient care in our region. Both events have free admission and are open to the public.
Patient and Family Centre Care (or PFCC) is a relatively new approach to healthcare that involves the patient and their family in medical decisions like never before. It takes us on a journey with a richer appreciation of what is takes to do our work in collaborative partnerships with patients, families, all staff and clinicians, across all disciplines and departments.
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) has used this PFCC philosophy as its model of care for the past six years. Approximately 90 volunteer Patient Family Advisors (PFAs) help to form policies on everything from critical care and ICU procedures to research ethics and hiring practices.