Person-Centred Stories

 

The North West LHIN highlights success stories from dedicated health system partners who are working to improve health care service delivery for the people of Northwestern Ontario.  


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Integration on the Front Line

Working as a front-line care provider in a small community presents unique challenges. But when that small community makes the effort to integrate health care with a focus on serving patients and their families, those challenges can be overcome.

       
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Community Support Services: A One Sector Experience

Mary is elderly and wishing to remain in her own home as long as possible. She has some medical conditions that are not uncommon for her age. Both she and her family have indicated the need for some assistance to maintain “the quality of life years” that she envisioned.

       
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Innovation in Addictions Management: A Fresh Start at Thunder Bay Shelter House

The New Year is often said to be a time for fresh starts and new outlooks, and in 2017 that was certainly the case at Thunder Bay’s Shelter House. Following the announcement that the North West LHIN will provide $185,000 in new funding for Shelter House’s Managed Alcohol Program (MAP), the community in Northwestern Ontario took notice, with plenty of positive media coverage and excitement surrounding this innovative program.

       
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People From Our Community: Gloria Pronger, A Vocation in Health Care

Beginning at the Thunder Bay psychiatric hospital, followed by the surgical unit at St. Joseph’s hospital, it wasn’t until Gloria found her way to the Intensive Care Unit that she really had found her true calling. “It’s probably one of my favorite areas in my whole career. I really enjoyed working there because you work so closely with families.”

       
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Shirley Maki’s Story: Teledermatology Dramatically Reduces Wait Time for Treatment

Shirley Maki’s palmoplantar psoriasis became so painful last winter that she eventually had to take medical leave. Palmoplantar pustulosis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition and is considered by some to be a variation of psoriasis.
 

       
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Lesley Read's Journey

Lesley Read will tell you first and foremost that she is a family person. What she may not share is that she is a passionate volunteer, and is committed to bringing about positive changes in the community. A few years ago, sudden changes in Lesley’s health marked the beginning of a journey that would jeopardize the activities and interactions that mean the most to a spirited, active, and independent person.  

       
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Integrated Musculoskeletal Care in the North West LHIN - Shaping the Future: Lawrence Karpowich's Story

Musculoskeletal care has evolved to provide the right care, at the right time, by the right clinician. Musculoskeletal disorders are defined as injuries or disorders of the muscles, nerves, tendons and joints of the body which may be caused by sudden force or trauma, or prolonged exposure to repeated factors such as vibration or repetition (US Centers for Disease Control, 2015).    

       
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Telehomecare Post-Acute Care Program: Meet Trudy Epp

Telehomecare is a life-line for me. It is a very important resource for people like me, coming out of the hospital with a new, serious diagnosis. I am privileged to be a part of this beneficial program,” says Trudy Epp, a congestive heart failure (CHF) patient of the Telehomecare Post-Acute Care Program at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC).  



If you would like to share a story, please contact: 

Petronilla Ndebele  Director, Communications and Engagement 

Phone: (807) 684-9425 extension 2039 

Toll free: 1-866-907-LHIN or 1-866-907-5446  

Fax: (807) 684-9533

Email: petronilla.ndebele@lhins.on.ca