Surge capacity is a situation at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre where there are more patients than the normal bed occupancy. As a result, new patients who come through the Emergency Department and need to be admitted often have to wait for a bed to open up, or end up being admitted to temporary accommodations, such as Family Lounges (sunrooms) or day surgery stretchers.
Dr. Mary MacDonald is Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s newest vascular surgeon. Originally from Halifax, she joined our team of talented physicians last November as a key player of the expanding cardiovascular program.
A new series of clinical trials now underway at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre has a strong Thunder Bay connection. Dr. Samuel Pichardo, a research scientist at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute, is helping oncologists at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to explore new methods of using high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to help treat cancer tumours in patients.
Ethics Week brings focus to the resources available to the health care providers and staff who support patients and families. Allain, who helps guide ethical discussions at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph's Care Group and the North-West Community Care Access Centre, is participating in Ethics Week activities.
Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are some of the most common sexually transmitted viruses in the world. Chronic infections with certain types of HPV are responsible for causing almost all cases of cervical cancer as well as a growing number of head and neck cancers, which can affect both women and men.
Travelling for health care is a given for many people living in Northwestern Ontario, though technology is helping reduce distance barriers to care. Dr. Abraham (Rami) Rudnick, who became the Vice President of Research for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and the Chief Scientist of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute in January 2017, wants to find even more ways of bringing health care to the patient through the use of technology.