Because of You

Generous members of our community have been advancing health care for our district since the Terry McKerrow CAT Scan Operating Fund raised funds for our first CT scanner in the early 1990s. Since then, individuals, businesses and groups have helped build our new hospital, purchase our first MRI, open the local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit, fund important equipment for cancer care, including a new and addition of a second CT scanner and more.

Philanthropic support from our generous community totals more than $13 million over the last five years, with donors investing significantly in every corner of the North Bay Regional Health Centre.

NBRHC’s district programs provide lifesaving care for up to 130,000 people from South River and Algoma District, to West Nipissing, west to Mattawa and the Quebec border, all the way north to the Temiskaming Shoes.

Our specialized regional mental health programs care provided services to people across northeast Ontario – from Huntsville north to James Bay, the Quebec border to Sault Ste. Marie. This area spans is home to a population of more than 500,000.

Thanks to the past support of donors…

  • Generous community support helped raise more than $6.3 million for the Cancer Care, Close to Home The campaign gave us opportunities to advance equipment including two new CT scanners and up upgrades for the lab, surgery, endoscopy, telemedicine and palliative care. Having the most advanced medical equipment for screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer is critically important for early detection and diagnosis, key factors that impact outcome.
  • Renal Dialysis is a busy program, currently operating at 100% capacity and the demand is expected to grow by 24% during the next ten years. Last year, more than 9,200 treatments were provided at NBRHC.

    To meet the increasing demand, our Health Centre is planning an expansion of the Renal Unit by adding three addition dialysis stations so they can continue to provide the best care locally.

    In the Fall of 2021, Paul Lalonde authored a letter to our community, raising funds for the Renal Unit Expansion Project. The Lalonde Family and The Brick North Bay challenged our community to match their $25,000 donation. The letter was mailed to 5,790 households and raised $95,582.

    The Renal Unit expansion costs $400,000 and we are thrilled to share that this expansion has been fully funded through generous community donations.

  • Laboratory investments at the Health Centre since the Cancer Care, Close to Home Campaign are helping to support cancer diagnosis and expedite the results of diagnostic testing for NBRHC and local community hospitals. Physicians rely on lab results to diagnose, stage and determine treatments for best possible outcomes. Advanced equipment such as stainers, cryostats, tissue processors and microscopes are vital to physicians getting the information they need to make accurate diagnoses and treatment recommendations even sooner for patients. During the pandemic, community generosity help NBRHC acquire state-of-the-art equipment to build capacity and offer local COVID-19 testing. This equipment continues to play an important role in the day-to-day operations of the hospital and is also used to diagnose influenza, RSV and many other viruses.
  • The 6 bed Child & Adolescent Mental Health Unit, a tranquil, safe and supportive space where young patients can receive treatment and recover close to home opened spring 2014. The relocation of this important treatment program was made possible through community donations, which helped create a safe and therapeutic space for children to receive care. Each year, this unit is generous supported by many passionate individuals and community groups, supporting comfort items such as quilts, setting up a classroom so patients can keep up with their studies, as well as supporting other recreational activities. Patient supports, such as these, can help reduce patients’ length of stay and improve patient satisfaction as well as outcomes.
  • Significant investments have been made in the Women’s & Children’s programs including Labour & Delivery and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that are keeping mothers and babies safe and close to home. These investments include electronic fetal monitors to continuously monitor a baby’s heartbeat and the contractions of the uterus, and incubators. Donors have also funded the Giraffe Incubator, isolettes, fetal and cardiac monitors and more.
  • Community of support of the Mînowacihewin – Regional Service for Indigenous People (Mino Program) is helping provide culturally responsive supports to Indigenous patients at our Health Centre. Donations and fundraisers have supported enhancements to the Cultural Grounds, including the addition of a Tipi and medicine gardens, as well as the Round Dance and seasonal feasts. Spaces and programs like these are integral to patient wellness and recovery.
  • Through the Seeing More Clearly Campaign, our community raised more than $6.1 million towards a $10 million upgrade of diagnostic imaging equipment for the newly opened hospital, including our community’s first MRI machine, SPECT/CT machine, digital mammography, xray and more. 11 years later, our MRI machine was upgraded thanks to continued community generosity.

It is through your incredible generosity that we can invest in exceptional healthcare and build for a greater tomorrow.

NBRHC, NBRHC Foundation and our community are grateful for the donor generosity that has made all of these life-changing and lifesaving investments possible. It’s these investments in advanced medical equipment, people and spaces that ensure NBRHC is able to take patient care to the next level, shaping the future of healthcare for generations to come.

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