BREAST WELLNESS CENTRE
The Breast Wellness Centre officially opened its doors in October 2015, offering a modern, patient-centered care area. This new facility has helped TADH reduce wait times, provide information and support to our patients and their families. More than $1.2 million was raised over six years through special events like the John P. Larche Charity Golf Classic, Days Inn Spring Ball, $100,000 donations from John and Dolores Larche, CIBC and Great-West-Life/London Life/Canada Life to make the Breast Wellness Centre a reality.
It is thanks to the generosity of this community that TADH can now offer services including Mammography, Ultrasound, Biopsies, Bone Mineral Density and MRI Exams in one comfortable private patient-centered space. State-of-the-art equipment was purchased for the new Breast Wellness Centre including a Surgical Radiography Specimen System, MRI Breast Coil, Ultrasound and Bone Mineral Density machine. Funds raised by the Foundation also went to the relocation of the Mammography system and the construction of the Breast Wellness Centre.
Thanks to the $1.5 million generously donated by the City of Timmins, TADH was able to purchase the Toshiba Aquilion One Vision, a high-end Computerized Tomography (CT) Scanner which runs 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, completing over 10,700 scans per year. This new CT Scanner has allowed the hospital to dramatically reduce the amount of radiation given to a patient during an exam, it has also reduced patient wait times. TADH has one of most efficient CT scanners in Ontario, thanks to the generosity of the City of Timmins.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic imaging technology that uses a strong magnetic field to produce images. MRI scans can provide information about the brain, spine, joints, organs, and vessels. This new MRI system has allowed TADH to provide better image quality (resulting in more accurate diagnosis), and reduce patient wait times. The new area was modified to make patients feel more at ease when waiting for an MRI.
Thanks to the $2 million generously donated by The Marcel and Frances Labelle Foundation, TADH was able to purchase new Magnetic Resonance Imaging equipment and make enhancements to the MRI area.
KIDNEY CARE CENTRE
This outpatient program includes a 9-station haemodialysis unit, weekly Nephrology clinic and Peritoneal Dialysis program. Continually expanding the program serves patients with progressive renal insufficiency, haemodialysis needs, peritoneal dialysis needs and transplantation preparation and follow up.
The cost to build the Kidney Care Centre was $9 million, mostly funded by the government. The 2007-2009 Give for the Health of It campaign raised the Foundation’s contribution of $800,000, which included a most generous donation of $500,000 from Goldcorp – Porcupine Gold Mines.
Thanks to $1.5 million generously donated by Glencore through the Kidd Operations Community Partnership Program, TADH was able to purchase two new x-ray machines and renovate that section of the radiology department. More than 33,000 x-ray scans are performed every year.
The Aboriginal Healing Room, officially called “Spiritual Place”, was constructed in 2009 to help meet the spiritual and cultural needs of Timmins and District Hospital’s patients and visitors. This specialized room is primarily meant for Aboriginal, First Nations, and Métis in-patients, providing them the opportunity to mediate and participate in healing ceremonies. The circular healing room was designed with no right angles and is constructed with a separate ventilation system to allow for smudging ceremonies. Mr. Gordon Goodwin painted the image of a turtle on the domed ceiling of this room.
This project was developed through the Aboriginal Advisory Committee and advocated by the health care team, aboriginal patients and visitors at TADH. Funding was provided by the Federal-Provincial Aboriginal Transition Fund and a generous donation from DeBeers.