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The Health Sciences Center Foundation launches a fundraising campaign to improve hospital services

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The Health Sciences Center Foundation has launched a $100 million fundraising campaign to revitalize and refocus HSC in Winnipeg.

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The Manitoba government committed $50 million to the six-year capital plan, while the HSC Foundation launched “Operation Excellence” to raise the remaining $50 million, which raised approximately $25 million. dollars to date.

The HSC Foundation says the capital plan has been developed over the past three years and will have an “immediate” impact on Manitoba’s diagnostic and surgical backlog.

The first phase of the campaign is already underway and includes the development of new operating room capacity as well as new software systems for more efficient surgical referrals and waiting list management.

Later phases will include a high-acuity surgical unit, an improved pain clinic, an expanded emergency room and a new HSC ambulatory imaging facility.

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HSC Foundation President and CEO Jonathan Lyon estimated that this plan will increase HSC’s surgical and diagnostic capabilities by 25% per year from pre-pandemic levels.

“We believe philanthropy has a vital role to play in helping Manitobans meet our health care challenges as we emerge from the pandemic,” Lyon said. “Along with government and provincial health care leaders, our donors will play an important role. HSC is Manitoba’s hospital and we must all come together to support it.

HSC Surgery Site Director Dr. Ed Buchel said the COVID-19 pandemic has not created the surgical backlog, but has exacerbated the situation. Buchel added that with the first phase, HSC will be able to admit more patients sooner, treat them more safely and discharge them faster using minimally invasive surgical techniques.

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“When you do minimally invasive surgery as opposed to conventional open surgery, people recover faster and with fewer complications,” he said. “They don’t need to be hospitalized for very long.”

Stefanson tests positive for COVID-19

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson revealed on Twitter on Wednesday that she is self-isolating and working remotely due to testing positive for COVID-19.

The Prime Minister said her office had been in contact with people she had recently come into close contact with. Stefanson attended an artwork unveiling with dozens of people at the Manitoba Legislature on Monday.

NDP Leader Wab Kinew, who tested positive last fall, wished the premier a speedy recovery. Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont tested positive in late May.

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Province seeks comments on COVID-19 vaccines for children

The provincial government is seeking input from Manitobans on new COVID-19 vaccination plans for young children.

An EngageMB survey has been launched to invite Manitoba parents and caregivers of children aged six months to four years to share their feedback on immunization plans.

The survey asks for feedback on where parents and caregivers in Manitoba would prefer to take their young children to be vaccinated, what factors would influence their decision or ability to have their young children vaccinated, and how they would prefer to get more vaccine information.

rstelter@postmedia.com

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