At 30 years of age, George Gray was diagnosed with kidney disease and would need hemodialysis treatment. He was able to get that at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s satellite Renal Program in Sioux Lookout. Today, Gray is 52 years old and celebrating 22 years of living a healthy, normal life.
A growing number of hospitals in Ontario are now offering unrestricted visiting hours. Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (our Hospital) has taken an innovative approach to this concept by consulting with our Patient Family Advisory (PFA) Council to offer 24/7 access to those identified by the patient as a Care Partner.
Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in men in Ontario. However, when colon cancer is caught early, 9 out of 10 people with it can be cured. Despite this, many men still aren’t getting screened for cancer.
Start the conversation about colon cancer screening with family and friends. That’s the advice of Dr. Nicole Zavagnin, as Colon Cancer Awareness Month kicks off today. Dr. Zavagnin is the Regional Primary Care Lead for Cancer Care Ontario at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.
The prevalence of diabetes in the North West LHIN is higher than the province at 14.5 per cent of the population age 18 years and over, compared to 12.4 per cent provincially according to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The people of Northwestern Ontario report poorer health practices than the population of the province as a whole. With a poorer health status and aging population, the North West LHIN is expected to face growth in the prevalence of diabetes and subsequent demand for health services.
If money and financial issues are a struggle for you, don’t worry, you are not alone. According to the Financial Planning Standards Council study, 42 % of Canadians rank ‘money’ as their greatest stress, ahead of ‘personal health’. Furthermore, stress is often one of the main culprits of many chronic diseases and illnesses, making financial wellness essential for good health and well-being.
“We value employees because our people make our hospital great,” said Amanda Bjorn, Vice President, Human Resources at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Recognizing employees, professional staff, and volunteers for their dedication and hard work is a priority. “We recently hosted the third annual Employee Recognition Week, because we know how important it is to feel valued at work,” Bjorn explained.
Just over a dozen Nurse Led Outreach teams exist in Ontario, and one of the most unique of these is at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Since 2009, the team has supported many clients to manage medical conditions outside the hospital, helping them to avoid Emergency Department visits and decrease the need for a Hospital stay.