On Friday, September 25th, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) took part in Franco-Ontario Day, the province-wide celebration of the rich contributions francophones have made to the cultural, historical, social, economic, and political life of the province. This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Franco-Ontario flag, and 400 years of French presence in Ontario.
Meet Giovanni Villalta, a volunteer who has been volunteering at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) since 2013. Over the course of his time here at the hospital, he has worked in many different positions, such as at the information desk, with the activity cart, and most recently with the Hospital Elder Life Program or HELP, which works to stimulate the cognitive function of elderly patients who are admitted into the hospital.
With an increasing demand for local food and a growing concern about the health of our environment and our bodies, Thunder Bay continues to see new farmers sprout businesses. Established in 2014, Root Cellar Gardens is one of these new farms and has been welcomed by Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s (TBRHSC) Fresh Market, an onsite farmers’ market.
One year since its launch, Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) has a lot to celebrate.
“The HELP program is primarily known as a delirium prevention program, but is also known for maintaining cognitive and physical functioning, maximizing independence at discharge, reducing hospital stays, and reducing readmission rates,” explains Kelsey Lecappelain, HELP Coordinator, TBRHSC. Delirium is a sudden onset of confusion and can be brought on by a number of factors that are assigned with lengthy hospital stays.
Talking about sexual violence and sexual harassment is so unpleasant and uncomfortable, says Melody McGregor, “that we have gone to great lengths to ignore them, understate them, minimize them, and deny them.”
As a Registered Nurse with the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Program at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC), McGregor works to improve access to reporting, health care, justice and recovery for victims of assault.
“Being a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog volunteer at the Health Sciences Centre is very rewarding, and an awesome way to give back to the community,” says Susan Venn, who started volunteering with her dog Denver four months ago. “I love that I can share some of the joy that Denver gives me with other people who might not be having the best time, or are in need of some cheering up.”
New Cervical Cancer Treatments in Development; Collaboration with SickKids to Treat Neuroblastoma with HIFU; Alternative Mammography “Sees Through” Denser Tissue; Brazil’s Best and Brightest Working on TBRRI HIFU Projects.
From Rainbow Falls to Quetico, Ouimet Canyon to Sleeping Giant, Mount McKay to Centennial Park, Thunder Bay is abundant in places to hike and explore the beautiful landscapes of the region. With summer upon us, it is even more appealing to get out and explore what the area has to offer.
Local honey is the bees knees, and Kuchta Honey Farm owners, Rudy and Lois Kuchta, know this well. Together, the Kuchtas have been selling their unpasteurized honey for the past 6 years in our community and for the past 3 years at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s (TBRHSC) Fresh Market.
How did the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre came to be? How did public health movements have evolved over the years? You can find out at the History of Healthcare exhibit now open at the Thunder Bay Museum.