Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre – Top Ten 2013 Part Two

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Top Ten Events – TBRHSC 2013 1-5

THUNDER BAY – Healthcare in Thunder Bay is important. At the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Foundation has the task of helping to raise the needed funds for many of the exceptional projects and assistance efforts. Here are the top five.

5. Screen for Life Coach Launched

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In June, donors to the Northern Cancer Fund, along with additional funding partners made possible the launch of the new $2 million Screen for Life Coach, which is now on the road providing cancer screening services for breast, colorectal and cervical cancer to women across Northwestern Ontario. Screening finds cancer earlier when it is most treatable, giving patients the best possible chance to survive a cancer diagnosis.

. Aboriginal Advisory Committee Formally Introduced

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In April, 25 members of TBRHSC’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee were introduced. They include representatives of Aboriginal organizations in Northwestern Ontario, patient and family advisors and leaders from TBRHSC. The Committee acts in an advisory capacity with the main purpose of implementing the Aboriginal Strategic Direction of TBRHSC’s current strategic plan.

3. World’s Most Advanced Linear Accelerator Installed at Cancer Centre

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Donors to the Northern Cancer Fund were part of the team that provided funding for a new Elekta Infinity Linear Accelerator (Linac) – one of the world’s most advanced – to be installed at the Cancer Centre last January. This new machine allows radiation to be delivered more efficiently, with fewer side effects, hopefully improving patient outcome. Final preparations are being made to bring the 2nd new Linac online in January 2014.

2. Smoke-Free Together

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September 30 marked an important milestone for the TBRHSC community, including patients and families across Northwestern Ontario. On that day, TBRHSC renewed its commitment to its Smoke-Free Grounds policy. The new approach of TBRHSC’s Smoke-Free Grounds policy is based on up-to-date research and includes valuable lessons learned over the past nine years from patients, families, staff and the public and from various other hospitals and institutions that also adopted progressive policies. More information and resources can be found at www.tbrhsc.net/smokefree.

1. Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign Launched

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With a goal of $5.9 million, donors, cabinet members, and staff gathered on October 10 to launch the Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign, with a total raised of $3 million at that time. The support from our community and belief in the vision of providing Exceptional Cancer Care has been overwhelming. Cancer patients and their families will have access to leading-edge diagnosis, treatment and research thanks to you. Together, we’re making HOPE possible. More information at healthsciencesfoundation.ca/ECC

(Photo courtesy of: The Chronicle Journal/Brent Linton)