Over $5.6M granted to Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and Its Regional Programs
Published Friday, December 23, 2022
The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation is very excited to announce that it has approved over $5.6 million of funding for equipment for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in 2022-23. In total, 28 grants ranging from $3,000 to over $2-million were approved to be funded by the Foundation. They will benefit all areas of the Hospital.
This funding was made possible by donors to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation and proceeds from the Thunder Bay 50/50 draw.
“People’s continued support for the Thunder Bay 50/50 has allowed us to fund millions more in equipment for the Hospital this year than we did in previous years,” said Katy Commisso, Chair of Governance of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation Board of Directors. “Departments throughout the Hospital applied for these grants to buy new equipment and replace or upgrade essential equipment so they can provide world-class care to patients. We are elated to be able to use these dollars to improve care not only locally, but in the regional communities as well.”
Regionally, grants were approved for Regional Cancer Care equipment replacements in Terrace Bay and Fort Frances, chemo room renovations in Red Lake, and new camera equipment in Sioux Lookout to enhance communications between surgeons there and pathologists in Kenora during tumour biopsies at the Meno Ya Win Health Centre.
"The funding from the Foundation allows us to help improve access to regional care services for patients across Northwestern Ontario. Our hospitals collaborate to provide better care to our patients. This is another example of working together to provide the best care possible for the people of Northwestern Ontario," said Dr. Rhonda Crocker Ellacott, President & CEO of Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and CEO of Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute.
Some of the grants include:
- $2,037,800 for replacement of a Cardiac Cath (Catherization) Lab which consists of a C-arm, patient table, and control station.
- $612,000 for Patient Wandering and Infant Abductions Systems which track movements of patients at risk of wandering and of infants to prevent unauthorized movement outside of designated areas.
- $600,298.94 to replace the Renal Program’s Central Water Purification System which purifies water used during hemodialysis
- $458,505 to fund the building of a Radialis unit, a new compression-free technology to detect breast cancer, which was developed by researchers in Thunder Bay
- $229,222 to replace and upgrade an Ophthalmology Microscope used for cataract surgery (over 2,200 per year) and to repair traumatic eye injuries.
If you’d like to know more, a complete list of the approved grants is available at www.healthsciencesfoundation.ca/equipment-funded