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Funding to help reduce surgical backlog and wait times in the area

The North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) is getting over $300,000 through the Surgical Recovery Fund for fiscal 2023-24. 

Vic Fedeli, Nipissing MPP, says the fund is used by hospitals to open their operating room on evenings or weekends to further reduce the surgical backlog and surgical wait times. 

“The North Bay Regional Health Centre has been unwavering in their commitment to provide exceptional care to our community,” Fedeli says. “Our government continues to make progress in addressing wait times for surgeries and other procedures to ensure that everyone in our region has confidence in and access to the best healthcare available.” 

Paul Heinrich, NBRHC President and CEO, says they’ll be able to purchase a portable ultrasound unit that can be used to increase capacity for total knee and hip replacement surgeries with the funds.  

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“Not only will it help us reduce the chance of cancellations, it will increase our ability to perform more same day discharges of total joint replacements,” he says.  

The local Surgical Recovery funding breakdown is as follows: 

  • $56,870 through the Surgical and DI Innovation and Efficiency Program
  • $293,524 through the Surgical Pathway Training Program

The province says the money will also support the training of Operating Room RNs, Operating Room Technicians, Diagnostic Imaging Medical Radiation Technologists and Chemotherapy Systemic Treatment RNs at the North Bay Regional Health Centre. 

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