Message from Jody Nesti
Chair, Board of Directors, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation
May 5, 2018
The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation has always been a strong supporter of closer-to-home care throughout Northwestern Ontario. I believe that there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have access to the same level of care as anyone living in Ontario. However, sometimes it takes extra work – and extra funding – to make it happen.
Every day, our healthcare professionals overcome distance barriers, cultural and language differences, and other challenges unique to Northwestern Ontario. I’ve always been impressed by the way our Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre has created partnerships with all the other hospitals in the region, directly or indirectly supporting their efforts to improve patient care. These partnerships have led to many closer-to-home programs: chemotherapy clinics across the Northwest so patients don’t have to travel to Thunder Bay as much, satellite renal programs for closer-to-home dialysis, and Telemedicine so that patients can talk with their doctors in Thunder Bay or anywhere in Ontario (and sometimes beyond) without leaving their home community.
These are exactly the types of programs that the Health Sciences Foundation does, and should be supporting. Providing such a high level of quality care can be difficult. Our donors help provide the tools and equipment needed to keep these programs operating.
Our Regional Cancer Care services are a good example. Recently, the Health Sciences Foundation announced funding for several regional cancer care services through the Northern Cancer Fund. These include a new state-of-the-art infusion pumps for patients in Fort Frances and Hearst as well as a new vital signs monitor for the program at the Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital in Red Lake and a pair of iPads for the program in Kenora to help with patient education and communication.
We are able to offer these services thanks to today’s technologies and our extraordinary frontline staff coming up with new and innovative ways to deliver care. Most importantly, it’s thanks to the remarkable generosity of donors like you who literally bring these ideas to life. With your kind gifts to the Health Sciences Foundation, we will continue to fund equipment purchases and support these programs that make such a difference in the lives of our patients. Treatment can be difficult by itself. Leaving home for treatment is even harder. I’m proud to be part of an organization that puts so much emphasis on closer-to-home care.
Your donations are making a difference for patients in Thunder Bay and across Northwestern Ontario! To read stories about all the ways you are helping, please visit: healthsciencesfoundation.ca/yourdonations