Patients with mobility issues can now exercise their arms, wrists and shoulders while in bed instead of having to be moved to the gym in the Physiotherapy Department. A new, mobile arm ergometer unit, purchased through a Volunteer Association/Health Sciences Foundation Family CARE grant, is easily transported to a patient’s bedside for required cardiovascular strengthening and conditioning, increasing accessibility for these patients.
On April 17, fellow Board member Gary Whitney and I had the honour of attending the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner to celebrate the hundreds of volunteers who give their time and talents to our Hospital. While they represent a wide array of ages and backgrounds in our community, including high school, college, and university students, and adults, they all have one thing in common – volunteers make a tremendous impact on the experiences of patients and families from all over Northwestern Ontario. I am humbled by their generosity and dedication, and extend my deepest gratitude to everyone who chooses to volunteer to enhance experiences for patients and their families. Our Hospital would not be the same without you.
Several people who have volunteered at our Hospital were honoured at the 42nd annual City of Thunder Bay Official Recognition of Citizens of Exceptional Achievement event n April 17. I offer my congratulations to the following recipients of Youth Awards: Sarah Kajorinne, Lahama Naeem, Ishaan Sachdeva, and Erick Werner. Congratulations also to the following recipients of the Good Citizen Award: Isaac Neekan, Mary Poulter, and Keith Taylor. You are all an inspiration.
Finally, we are looking forward to a site visit next month from Accreditation Canada. Accreditation Canada provides health organizations like ours with an external peer review – or survey – to assess the quality of services based on standards of excellence. Accreditation is an on-going process that serves to identify what is being done well and what needs to be improved. Surveys are conducted by experienced professionals from accredited health facilities. Board Directors, leaders, staff, physicians and volunteers will meet with members of the Accreditation Team during the site visit. I extend my gratitude and congratulations to the many dedicated individuals who have worked to prepare everyone involved.