Published Monday, March 29, 2021


On February 22, 2021, Nipigon District Memorial Hospital, the McCausland Hospital, and Wilkes Terrace Long Term Care Home expanded transportation services for stable in-patients to Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC). AmbuTrans, a private, non-emergency medical transportation service, is providing the patient transfers.

“This initiative supports our strategic plan to improve transportation for our patients in Nipigon,” said Kal Pristanski, Chair of the Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled to be able to support transfers for non-urgent patients to and from Nipigon to Thunder Bay,” said Cathy Eady, Chief Executive Officer Nipigon District Memorial Hospital. “This has been a challenge for many years and was identified as a key priority from many stakeholders in development of our strategic planning.”

Jason Nesbitt, North of Superior Healthcare Group (NOSH) Board Chair, is pleased to be collaborating on this patient-focused solution to address the unique transportation needs of the area. “Collaborative partnerships are a cornerstone of NOSH’s Strategic Plan. This initiative exemplifies these partnerships and our common goal of improving services in our catchment areas,” said Nesbitt.

Working with partners at Superior North Emergency Services (SNEMS), which is primarily a 911 emergency service, Nipigon and Terrace Bay were able to secure three years of funding for the initiative.

“SNEMS is going through our own strategic plan and this initiative is something we fully support,” said Wayne Gates, Chief of SNEMS. “With the introduction of this new non-urgent transfer service, the hospitals will have a more reliable and efficient way to move patients.”

Services in the initial phase include Nipigon and Terrace Bay; however, the program hopes to expand transfers to Marathon in the future.

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