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#TeamStaal2017 Contestants Announced; One Extra Spot Up for Grabs (May 25, 2017)

The competition to play on #teamstaal2017 this July 10, in the Fountain Tire Summer Classic at the Staal Foundation Open Presented by Tbaytel, was intense. Following just over three weeks of competition between kids ages 9-14 to showcase their best street hockey moves in a video, the Top 15 videos (as determined by number of votes) have been selected, with each contestant moving on to the next stage of the #teamstaal2017 challenge.


5 Forks Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction Raises $67,657!  (Apr 10, 2017)

A feeling of celebration was in the air Friday night as hundreds of women filled the ballroom at the Valhalla Inn for the 19th annual 5 Forks Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction. Always a popular event, this year didn’t disappoint with a fresh round of 10 eligible Bachelors paired with fantastic date packages up for bidding. Organizers are thrilled to announce that this year’s event was as successful as ever, raising $67,657, bringing the 19-year total to $1,162,543. All proceeds were directed to the Northern Cancer Fund for breast cancer research, education, diagnosis, and treatment.


Employee Gifts Celebrated at Luncheon (Feb 7, 2017)

Staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation were celebrated today at a recognition luncheon for their contribution to world-class healthcare, but perhaps not in the way one would expect. Each employee at the luncheon was celebrated for his or her donation to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, made through payroll deduction.


Family CARE Grants Fund Unique and Helpful Items at Hospital (Jan 11, 2017)

For the 8th year in a row, staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre have been applying for grants for the ‘little things’ that can make a significant difference to patient care. Thanks to funding provided by donors to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, along with the Volunteer Association to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, this year $64,237.65 was provided to fund 38 Family CARE (Care Advancements Recommended by Employees) Grants. Since its inception in 2009, 260 grants have been funded.


Winner Takes Home $17,380 in Sold Out Intercity Shopping Centre 50/50 Cash Draw (Dec 22, 2016)

Patti Poole from Thunder Bay got an early Christmas gift today. This afternoon, at Intercity Shopping Centre, she was announced as the winner of $17,380 in this year’s sold-out Intercity Shopping Centre 50/50 Cash Draw (Ticket No. 2231). Altogether, 10,000 tickets were sold.

This was the 17th year of the Intercity Shopping Centre 50/50 Cash Draw. Altogether, the draw has raised $179,715 – all to support world-class patient and family centred care for the people of our community. Funds from this year’s draw ($17,380) will support the Northern Cardiac Fund as well as the WE-CAN (Wellness and Exercise for Individuals Living with Cancer) Program. The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation and Intercity Shopping Centre wish to thank all who took time to purchase tickets this year, and to thank the multiple volunteers who made this draw possible once again.


#GivingTuesday Kicks Off Christmas Wish List Campaign (Nov 29, 2016)

#GivingTuesday is an international day of giving, taking place directly after the sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a day where people rally behind and support their favourite causes.

The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation used the excitement of the day to kick off their annual Christmas Wish List fundraising campaign, that includes 10 pieces of vital medical equipment for the Hospital. Totaling $107,546, the Wish List includes a Fetal Telemetry Monitor for Labour and Delivery, a set of Sinoscopy Instruments for the Operating Room, an Intracranial Pressure Monitor for the Intensive Care Unit and six Vital Signs Monitors for use in departments across the Hospital.

Chair, Board of Directors of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, Jody Nesti commented on why #GivingTuesday was chosen to kick start the Wish List campaign this year. “Our donors are incredibly generous all year long, but especially at Christmas. We wanted to build on their generosity and so we’ve challenged our community to help us cross one of the items off our Wish List today. We’re looking to raise $5,079 by midnight tonight so we can purchase 1 of the 6 Vital Signs Monitors on our list.”


Donors Enhance Patient Care Through New Equipment in Laboratory (Nov 23, 2016)

Polymerase Chain Reaction testing, known more commonly as ‘PCR’, is a remarkable, gene-based technology that is quickly becoming the new standard in medical laboratory analysis of infections. At the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, this technology was recently implemented thanks to a grant of $79,474 from the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation that was funded by the generosity of donors in our community.

In particular, the PCR equipment (known as the GeneXpert) is used to assess patients suspected with antibiotic-resistant infections caused by the organisms MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci). Patients carrying these organisms must be placed in isolation to minimize the risk of transmission. Approximately 700 patients a year are placed in isolation for this sole reason. 


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