It is a well-known fact that smoking is directly related to various chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory diseases and the list goes on. However, the topic of hospitals promoting smoke-free environments continues to be controversial. Since re-committing to smoke-free grounds on September 30th, 2013, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) continues to focus on keeping its grounds smoke-free in an effort to make the hospital a healthier environment for patients, visitors, staff, and volunteers.
Hospitals are sometimes perceived as unwelcoming, unfriendly places. Visits can cause stress for patients, not only because of their own health concerns but also the unfamiliarity of the building.
Feelings of stress and frustration are even greater for those who speak and read little or no English, making it easy to feel isolated and to get lost.
At the end of each year, many people start thinking about things they wish to change or do differently during the next year of their life. Some people wish to save more money. Some wish to travel more. In my experience though, the majority of people look to make positive changes to their health and well-being. It has also been my experience that these goals are often short-lived until either the novelty of the idea wears off or immediate success is not achieved.
Northwestern Ontario’s first and only cyclotron will soon be operating out of the Health Services Centre on the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) campus. Having a cyclotron in our own backyard will improve patient care and contribute to the future development of new treatments and services in our region.
During the week of January 12 to 16, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) is celebrating the people – medical staff, employees, teams, volunteers, Patient Family Advisors, and donors - who are making a difference for patients and families in Northwestern Ontario.
As a Nurse Practitioner working in trauma, Bonnie Zabirka sees a very diverse population. “Many of the people we see in trauma are a high-risk population,” she says. “Some patients have taken risks and ended up injured. You need to be able to respect them as human beings. To be in this role, to care for people, there has to be respect - for different practices, spirituality, and cultures. I want to be respected by the people I care for and I can’t expect that if I don’t respect them.”
Their careers may have taken them down divergent paths, but this month Dr. John Derek Wyant, General Surgeon, and his son Ted Wyant, Senior Accountant in the Accounting and Management Reporting department, are together being recognized for their years of service, 45 and 5 respectively.
Each year, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) recognizes all staff who have served the organization in increments of 5 years. Staff with 5, 10, 15, etc. years of service with the organization are invited to a reception where they are personally thanked and presented with a pin of recognition by the President and CEO and the Senior Management Team.
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) is embarking on the development of its new Strategic Plan. Engagement with dedicated community members like you built our last strategic plan, one that resulted in extraordinary advances in healthcare in our region.
Kian Fleming arrived at 11:34 a.m. on New Year’s Day, earning him the title of Northwestern Ontario’s first baby of 2015. Each year, our community anticipates the announcement of the first New Year’s Baby born at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC).