IN A HEARTBEAT you can make a difference
North Bay and District Hospital is recognized as a
leader and a centre of excellence in its district role
for the treatment of stroke and heart disease.
Her life was saved by the
firefighters, paramedics, the
CCU team and the heart
team in Sudbury. We are
thankful to so many who
cared for Jennifer.
says her husband,
PREVENTING broken hearts
In 2006, Jennifer, an active 61-year-old, had a massive heart attack.
Her heart stopped. The fire department, first to arrive, restarted her
heart with a defibrillator. In the ambulance, her heart stopped again.
Paramedics saved her the second time. In the Emergency Room (ER)
at North Bay and District Hospital (NBDH), she received leading-edge
treatment where her body was deep-cooled to protect her brain and
vital organs. The next day when she began to respond to her anxious
family, the Critical Care Unit (CCU) team warmed her body back to its
normal temperature. She was transferred to Sudbury by helicopter for
observation and treatment. Today, Jennifer has regained her strength.
Jennifer and Jacques enjoy time with grandchildren.
The care I received in North Bay was
phenomenal. They saved my life. Even
though I am a doctor, I received the same
treatment that everyone receives. I have
tremendous respect for the staff, their
expertise and their caring ways.
Dr. Jim Chirico, former Medical Director,
CCU, and grateful patient.
YOU CAN make a difference
My dad was a brilliant man, a physician who spoke three
languages, played five musical instruments, served on City
Council and was an award-winning artist. He died of a
heart attack when he was only 42. It was always in the
back of my mind that one day I could be at risk. So I took
care of myself – I exercised, ate well and didn’t smoke.
But my family history and working long hours caught up
with me. In February 2006 I began to experience chest
pain. I knew for some time this was going to happen, but
even so, I waited until the last possible minute to go to
Dr. Jim Chirico holding
a photo of his father.
I will live a full life, I was very
happy with the care
I received. The doctors, nurses
and therapists are next to
holy in my eyes. They listened
when I needed to talk.
Xavier Maury suffered
a major hemorrhagic
stroke in 2007
TOGETHER WE CAN change and save lives
In 2007, Xavier Maury suffered a major hemorrhagic
stroke at home. When his wife returned from errands, he was
unresponsive. Xavier was rushed to Emergency at North Bay
and District Hospital (NBDH) and remained for 10 days in CCU.
In the weeks after his stroke, he could only move his right hand
and speak. He received intensive rehabilitation therapy and
worked hard at his recovery. After two and a half months, Xavier
could move all his limbs and was walking.
Xavier Maury, and one of his
favourite companions, Welly.
Heart attack and stroke devastate
the lives of patients and those who
love them. Each year, more than 75,000 Canadians
die from stroke and heart disease, and many more live
with its effects. Astonishingly, the rate of cardiovascular
disease is 50% higher in northern Ontario than in other
areas of the province.
CONNECTING, TREATING, SAVING
Diana Ammerata, respiratory therapist using BiPap machine.
North Bay and District Hospital is recognized • Fast “door to needle time.” NBDH is one • A Computed Tomography (CT) scanner.
as a leader and a centre of excellence in of the province’s top hospitals in the time it Our first CT scanner was purchased
its district role for stroke and heart disease takes for a person having a heart attack to through the generosity of our community.
care. We were the first hospital in Canada to receive treatment in the ER. And with heart It helps diagnose stroke and ensure that
introduce Tele-stroke, a video conferencing attack or stroke, every second counts. treatment is started quickly.
system, connecting our patients to top • Telestroke pioneers. NBDH was the first • Anti-coagulation clinic Monitors patients
stroke neurologists and access to lifesaving hospital in Canada to introduce Telestroke, without family doctors who are prescribed
medication. According to a Canada-wide a video conferencing system, connecting blood thinners to prevent heart attack or
study, patients cared for in our Critical Care our patients with stroke neurologists and stroke.
Unit (CCU) had a better chance of survival access to lifesaving medication. • Timely access to carotid doppler
than those in the other 23 hospitals surveyed. Physicians collaborate to assess, evaluate ultrasound testing. Thanks to a close
CT scans and other diagnostic tests, and partnership with a private clinic in North Bay,
But medical science never stands still. Today, decide on the best course of treatment for our patients receive this important test,
there are many new ways to prevent, diagnose the patient – all within minutes. which helps determine stroke risk.
and treat heart attack and stroke – techniques
• Great partners. NBDH has an excellent • Timely access to carotid
that help patients like Jennifer Graveline
relationship with the Regional Cardiac Care endarterectomy (CEA). An agreement
survive and live full, satisfying lives. We must
Centre in Sudbury (serving northeastern with vascular surgeons in Sudbury ensures
continually upgrade our equipment, technology,
Ontario), so our patients can rely on prompt, that our patients receive fast assessment,
skills and knowledge to ensure that the people
high quality care when they are referred. treatment and follow-up when they need
of North Bay and district continue to receive
the very best care. • A CCU that works. A recent Critical Care this treatment to prevent stroke.
Research Network study showed that
We will soon have our urgently needed patients treated in our CCU had a better
new hospital. We need your help now to chance of survival than those in the other The community
raise $1.25M to purchase state-of-the-art 23 hospitals surveyed. purchased our first
equipment and train healthcare professionals • Critical Care Response Team known CAT Scan. This
in the latest techniques and technologies. as RACE (Rapid Assessment of Critical civic generosity
Building on excellence, we will be able to save Events). The RACE Team is a group of has resulted in
more lives. After all, keeping one heart beating specially trained critical care health care
prevents many from breaking.
local access to a
professionals who respond hospital-wide,
ensuring that patients receive the critical vital diagnostic
Building on Excellence care they need. tool, resulting in
Today, North Bay and District Hospital is • Stroke Prevention Clinic. This outpatient earlier therapy
a centre of excellence in its district role for clinic provides early assessment and and saved lives.
stroke and heart care serving the entire district intervention to help prevent stroke and
of Temiskaming / Nipissing. Among the Dr. Cameron Hunter, Radiologist, NBDH,
manage stroke risk factors. and Honorary Appeal Chair, NBDH Foundation
strengths of our program:
KEEPING PACE, Saving Lives
Thanks to generous community support, Equipment $1 million Keeping one heart beating prevents many
the new North Bay Regional Health Centre from breaking
will soon be ready for use. The facility will Among our many urgent equipment needs:
Together, we can save and change lives.
have increased capacity in the Critical Care • Advanced EKG to confirm need for
Your contributions to the Hospital Cardiac
Unit, Emergency Room and Rehabilitation, immediate treatment
Fund will ensure that:
helping us respond to the needs of our aging • Pediatric resuscitation system
population. • BIPAP machines to help patients • Patients receive accurate diagnoses
breathe easier and the right treatment, faster
But bricks and mortar alone do not ensure • Automated external defibrillators to • Injury to brain and heart tissue is
high quality stroke and heart care. Now is re-set erratically beating hearts minimized, so more patients can return
the time to equip our new hospital with the • Crash carts to manage emergencies to their lives sooner
latest and best technology to treat patients • Advanced CCU monitors • More patients receive the care they need
with stroke and cardiac disease. Just as • Oxygen saturation monitors closer to home
important, we must have highly skilled • Families have peace of mind knowing
health professionals to provide that care. We their loved ones are receiving the best
are counting on our community to maintain Education Endowment Funds $.25 million possible care
our leadership in heart and stroke care. Our • Outstanding physicians and other
goal is to raise $1.25 million for equipment In the rapidly changing world of cardiovascular
health professionals are encouraged to
and education. medicine, doctors, nurses, respiratory
work at our hospital
therapists and other members of the care
• Our community continues to benefit from
team must be continually learning. This
excellent care for cardiovascular disease
fund will ensure that there are resources to
support leading-edge learning.
IN A HEARTBEAT you can make a difference
Would you help somebody suffering a heart attack
or stroke? Of course, in a heartbeat! Please consider
making a contribution to the Hospital Cardiac Fund
and help thousands in the years to come.
Your gifts to the Hospital Cardiac Fund will ensure that the people of North Bay and area
receive accurate diagnoses and the right treatment, faster, so that they can return to their lives
and families sooner.
Please make a donation to
CARDIAC AND STROKE - EMERGENCY AND DIAGNOSTIC CARE
Donations can be made
By mail: North Bay and District Hospital Foundation
PO Box 2500
North Bay ON P1B 5A4
By phone: 705.495.8125
Visit our office open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday, and located at 205 Main St. East.
The Foundation accepts Mastercard, Visa, Pre-authorized transfer, personal or business cheques
(including post-dated) and cash. Donations of $20 or more will automatically receive a charitable