On Tuesday, October 27, staff at McCausland Hospital were on hand to accept a grant for $5,000 from the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation to fund the purchase of a new vital sign monitor for patients receiving chemotherapy. The grant was made possible thanks to donors to the Northern Cancer Fund.
“Over the past year, McCausland Hospital has experienced an increase in the volume of patients receiving chemotherapy,” said Judy Anderson, Registered Nurse, McCausland Hospital. “Currently, our vital sign monitor is shared between chemotherapy and the acute care floor, however, this can impact the service we provide when the monitor is not readily available. Thanks to today’s announcement, we can now confidently serve our patients with a dedicated vital sign monitor for pre-chemotherapy assessments and infusional monitoring. Essential – critical – vital; call it what you will – this monitor will make a significant difference to our program and the patients who need this service.”
The grant represents an ongoing commitment by the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation to provide exceptional cancer care for patients in Terrace Bay and surrounding communities. In the past two years, $10,650 was provided to fund a triple channel IV pump and chemotherapy treatment chair. This new grant brings the 3-year total to $15,650. None of it would have been possible without the community’s continued support of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, and, in particular, the Northern Cancer Fund.
“Our donors are the heroes who make these investments come to life,” said Glenn Craig, President and CEO, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. “We’re honoured to be the charity of choice amongst individuals and businesses in our region who believe passionately about the gift of exceptional healthcare in Northwestern Ontario. Recently, Tbaytel made a significant gift that extended their already very generous support of healthcare in our region, and it is thanks to them, and many other donors that the Health Sciences Foundation can provide funding for critical equipment purchases, like the vital sign monitor that was announced today.”
“Tbaytel is very proud to support the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation and the Northern Cancer Fund and we are thrilled to help provide this much needed chemotherapy equipment,” said Tbaytel President and CEO Dan Topatigh. “We are committed to supporting the people and organizations helping to create strong, healthy and vibrant communities and our support of this grant is the perfect example of how that commitment is being made a reality.”
The Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation is proud to raise funds that 100% dedicated to providing exceptional cancer care for residents of Northwestern Ontario. More information about the impact of gifts can be found on the Health Sciences Foundation’s website at www.healthsciencesfoundation.ca.
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