Patients who had open heart surgery dating back to 2012 at St. Boniface Hospital are being notified of the risk of a potential infection.
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Cardiac Sciences Program is reaching out to adult cardiac surgery patients as a device used to heat and cool blood during the surgery has been linked to a bacterial infection caused by Mycobacterium chimaera. That’s a type of bacteria known as non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM).
A new mega lottery to benefit the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation has some high-ticket items just waiting to be won.
The 2016 Mega Million Choices Lottery launched Tuesday, supporting the St. Boniface Hospital and St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre.
Three grand prize options are up for grabs, including a 2016 Ferrari California T (valued at $287,656) plus $20,000 cash, a spacious condo by Oxbow of Tuxedo Point located at 206-775 Sterling Lyon Parkway (valued at $263,000), plus a $15,000 EQ3 furniture gift card, plus $1,500 in-home design consultation from EQ3 and $25,000 cash. The third grand prize is $250,000 cash.
The St. Boniface Hospital has received a donation to fund an inaugural program to showcase works from the Buhler Gallery in all 14 units of the hospital.
Former Manitoba lieutenant governor John Harvard made the donation, making it possible for 20 to 30 art pieces to be photographed, framed and reproduced. The artwork will be installed in family rooms throughout the hospital, celebrating the work of Manitoba artists.
Harvard said the donation came from his appreciation for the care he received at the hospital in 2015 while ill. He found the Buhler Gallery to be out of reach to him and wanted to bring its visual works closer to those receiving care.
The St. Boniface Hospital has renamed its research centre after a Winnipeg philanthropist.
The St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre, as it will now be known, was renamed after a $5 million donation by Paul Albrechtsen in support of pioneering cardiac research.
Albrechtsen is a self-made entrepreneur who established Paul’s Hauling in 1957 after immigrating to Canada from Denmark. Albrechtsen built the company from the ground up, all while making it his life’s work to help others in need.
Surgeries at St. Boniface Hospital are resuming after a leaking ventilation system on January 22 put operating rooms out of commission.
Since that time, elective and emergency surgeries have been cancelled or diverted to other Winnipeg hospitals while maintenance staff work to fix the problem. At the time, a hospital spokesperson said the flooded ORs were the result of a HVAC unit failure, which control heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
A total of 348 surgeries were postponed, with 78 of those having being completed since. Three ORs reopened on Thursday, with nine more back in service on Friday before a complete reopening by Monday.
To help speed up breast cancer testing and treatment in the province, the Manitoba government has purchased an advanced diagnostic machine.
Health Minister Theresa Oswald said Tuesday that the Diagnostic Services of Manitoba laboratory in St. Boniface General Hospital has recently installed the new machine to speed up treatment for more aggressive forms of breast cancer.
“By bringing these advanced tools home to Manitoba, we can shorten the time spent waiting for diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer by weeks,” Oswald said. “Instead of spending this time wondering about test results, Manitobans with breast cancer will be able to move forward with treatment options with the advice of their health-care providers.”
More than 6,100 Manitobans are diagnosed with cancer each year, while up to 10 times that number are suspected of having cancer and undergo testing before it is ruled out.