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Thompson To Host New Family Medicine Training Program in Northern Manitoba

A new family medicine residency program in Thompson will allow medical residents to experience northern and remote health-care service delivery and encourage physician recruitment and retention to underserved areas across the large and diverse region, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced today.

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Master Plan To Be Developed for Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg Campus

One of the largest and most significant initiatives in Manitoba’s health system, a master capital plan, will be developed for Health Sciences Centre (HSC) Winnipeg’s campus.  The plan will ensure clinical services and partner organizations are well aligned throughout the site’s future development, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced today.

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February is Therapeutic Recreation Month

Therapeutic Recreation Month occurs every February and celebrates the positive impact Manitoba’s recreational therapists have on patients.

Therapeutic Recreation is a health-care profession that uses recreation as a form of intervention. As part of a team, recreation coordinators work alongside physicians and other health professionals to help patients with any kind of impairment—physical, emotional, cognitive or social—and encourage them to embrace leisure.

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Echocardiography services expanding to Selkirk

SELKIRK—Echocardiography services will be offered at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre starting next week, allowing residents living in the region to access care closer to home while continuing to reduce province-wide wait times for the diagnostic scan, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced today.

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Manitoba Launches New Idea Fund For Health To Continue Investing In Care Closer To Home

The Manitoba government will invest up to $40 million to support innovative ideas brought forward by health-care workers that support improved delivery of services and better patient care, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced today.

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Request For Proposals Issued To Improve Diagnostic Services At Grace Hospital

The Manitoba government and Grace Hospital Foundation will invest in enhanced and modernized diagnostic services at Grace Hospital as part of a capital project that will improve patient flow and access to care at the hospital, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced today.

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Pediatric and Adult Cases of Respiratory Activity, including Influenza, Continue to Rise

Several non-emergent, elective surgical procedures at Children’s Hospital
to be postponed

In an effort to ensure ongoing capacity within the province’s only pediatric intensive care unit during a sustained increase in pediatric cases of respiratory activity, several non-emergent, elective pediatric surgeries scheduled at HSC Children’s Hospital are being postponed, Shared Health and HSC Winnipeg announced today. 

“HSC Children’s is Manitoba’s hospital for pediatrics, home to the province’s only pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and the location of the majority of pediatric surgeries in the province” explained Nicole Sneath, Director, Child Health at HSC Winnipeg. “Since mid-December, HSC Children’s has admitted 120 children and babies with lab-confirmed cases of respiratory infections and other influenza-like illnesses including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza A and influenza B. We have increased our capacity in the PICU and in other areas of Children’s however the sustained nature of the increase has made it necessary for us to look at all options to ensure we have the ability to continue to admit and care for our sickest children.”

Fewer than five surgeries per week are anticipated to be affected by this decision. Emergency and urgent surgeries, day surgeries and cancer cases are not affected.

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Nursing Initiatives at HSC Winnipeg

A message from Monika Warren, acting chief nursing officer, HSC Winnipeg

My name is Monika Warren, acting chief nursing officer at HSC Winnipeg. I started my career as a nurse 29.5 years ago at HSC. During my career, I have had the opportunity to learn a lot about the nursing practice, as well as how much patients benefit from the collaboration and skill of the entire inter-professional team.

I feel very proud to represent our profession at HSC. The best part of my week is when I get to walk through the units and meet and speak with nursing staff and our patients and their families.

Over the past two years, our health system has experienced unprecedented change designed to improve the quality, consistency and efficiency of the care we provide.

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Shared Health doctor inducted into the Order of Canada

2019 ended on a very high-note for Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg, one of HSC Winnipeg’s physicians and a clinical and metabolic geneticist in the Program of Genetics and Metabolism with Shared Health Manitoba and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, who was inducted into the Order of Canada on December 28.

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Winnipeg’s first baby of 2020

On Jan. 1, Winnipeg’s first baby of 2020 was born at 12:18 a.m. at HSC Winnipeg Women’s Hospital to happy parents, Sunaina and Rupinder Singh, and loving three-year-old big sister, Harkirat.

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Manitobans reminded to take extra precautions as flu season begins

Increased number of adults and babies being admitted to Winnipeg hospitals with respiratory virus and flu

As Winnipeg hospitals see a rise in pediatric and adult cases of respiratory activity, influenza, and other illnesses, Manitobans are reminded to take appropriate steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from colds and flus.

“Respiratory infections and the flu can be very serious,” said Dr. Perry Gray, Chief Medical Officer, Shared Health. “The flu is not just fevers, chills and pneumonia. Past flu seasons have resulted in the hospitalization of patients, some in intensive care on life-support, relying on equipment to help them breathe for days or weeks. This can happen to anyone, at any age however the flu vaccine can reduce this risk.”

Since Sept. 1, HSC Children’s has admitted 240 children and babies with lab-confirmed cases of respiratory infections and other influenza-like illnesses. Winnipeg hospitals are also beginning to see increased incidence of influenza and respiratory infections in adult patients.

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Transforming lives through hope and the gift of life

Celebrating 50 years of organ donation and kidney transplant excellence in Manitoba

As the 60’s began to fade, new hope arrived for Manitobans waiting for the gift of a functioning kidney. In November 1969, the team at the Winnipeg General Hospital (now HSC Winnipeg) successfully performed the province’s first renal transplant.

“It was an incredible first step and one that set us on a path leading to significant contributions in kidney disease research and transplantation practices worldwide,” said Dr. Peter Nickerson, medical director, Transplant Manitoba. “That same effort and determination to begin a transplant program still drives us today because the need for kidneys in Manitoba is increasing.”

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‘They love our baby as much as we do’: First patient moved to new HSC Women’s neonatal intensive care unit

Baby Hudson was the first NICU patient to move to the new facility at 665 William Avenue.

Born on November 15, 2019 at 4:47 p.m., weighing one pound 2 ounces, baby Hudson was born at 25 weeks. He was admitted to the former Yellow Deer NICU, and his parents were notified of the move to the new building from the first day they arrived to HSC Winnipeg.

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Manitoba families now have access to specialized care in new state-of-the-art facility

180 staff and volunteers supported the move of patients, equipment over four hours on December 1

HSC Winnipeg officially opened the doors of its new Women’s Hospital at 665 William Ave on Sunday, Dec. 1, as 93 women and babies were transitioned to the new space in a carefully planned and choreographed move from the Women’s Pavilion and three Neonatal Intensive Care Units, announced HSC Winnipeg Chief Nursing Officer Monika Warren today.

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A two-thousand-kilometre journey in search of answers

On the day that would have been her oldest child’s birthday, Nina Kautuq received the answers she has always longed for.

In 2015, Nina, her husband Ike and their four children, aged two to 11 at the time, were camping near Pond Inlet in Nunavut on August 16 when their tent caught on fire. Nina and her children were flown to Ottawa to receive care, while Ike was transported to HSC Winnipeg.

The decision of where to transfer each family member was based on resources available at the time and where they could receive the fastest care possible.

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