Funds Raised at Annual Walk Support Minimally Invasive Surgical Equipment – PHOTO GALLERY

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Gail Thomsen thanks hospital staff for saving her life.

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“The very fact that I am here today is because of our hospital and our staff, they saved my life.”

She told the crowd at 16e Our annual “Our Hospital Walk/Run” in person Sunday morning at the North Bay Regional Health Center as she was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2017.

Over the next three years I had 10 surgeries, eight were cancer related and two were elective.

She introduced her two artificial hips to the crowd – Thelma and Louise – “my two new artificial hips that are helping me walk today”.

Cancer surgeries were performed using open and laparoscopic methods and the difference between the two was significant. The open method caused some complications, which greatly lengthened my healing time with more discomfort,” Thomsen said.

After laparoscopic surgery, I was home in 48 hours and the keyhole incisions were healed within weeks. Large bulky dressings were not required and any discomfort was minimal.

Funds from this year’s walk will be used to purchase state-of-the-art devices

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Tammy Morison, president and CEO of the Foundation, said the equipment medical professionals currently use is nearly 12 years old and nearing the end of its lifespan.

The equipment allows surgeons to see inside the body when performing laparoscopic surgery. If you think about your first cellphone and the one you have now and the difference in the photos it takes, the technology is huge when it comes to equipment like this,” he said. she declared.

The total cost of the equipment is set at $1 million. Fundraising efforts are halfway there.

Most people are quite surprised when I tell them that the government does not fund medical equipment, but rather a partnership between the government, the hospital and our community,” Morison said.

Community support means we can have a more advanced level of care. We have good health care, but (equipment) helps us achieve it, exceptional and transformational.

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Morison said some of the new equipment will be purchased this fiscal year along with the rest of the following fiscal year as many components and several operating rooms will be upgraded.

Jared Dupuis, owner of Maple Hill Health and Fitness, was one of the first to cross the finish line.

I am a health and fitness believer. I like being a role model,” he said after completing a five-kilometre run.

When you take care of your physical health, you take care of your mental health and as you can see in the public eye, those two things are really important. I am convinced that you practice what you preach.

The annual event attracted 400 participants and volunteers and raised over $103,088.

This year’s awards were given to four teams based on various criteria. The Community Team Challenge Award – True North Chevrolet Cadillac, The Youth Team Challenge – Team 1305, The Team Spirit Award – Team Superhero and The Hospital Team Challenge – Cirque de Sore Legs (Human Resources Team).

Since the inception of Our Hospital Walk/Run in 2006, North Bay has raised over $1.5 million to support the North Bay Regional Health Center.

Race results and more event information is available at

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