Reminder: Apply for the Memorial Scholarship Program!

The Memorial Scholarship Program application is currently open for eligible staff of the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital and the Sherritt Health Services Centre. Applications close June 28, so make sure to apply soon! The scholarships are designed to assist staff in broadening their skills with further education, thereby enhancing local Health Care Services. Two Memorial Scholarships of $1500.00 will be awarded yearly. One Scholarship will be awarded to a staff member employed at the Hospital and one Scholarship will be awarded to a staff member employed at the Sherritt Health Services Centre. For more information, come by the FSCHF office…

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5 Tips for Children’s Sun Safety

Summer is almost here, and with all the hot weather lately it is important to remember to stay safe while enjoying the sun. Let’s keep our kids safe this summer! Why Is Sun Protection Important? We all need some sun exposure. When skin is exposed to the sun, our bodies make vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones. It only takes a little time in the sun for most people to get the vitamin D they need (and most vitamin D needs should be met with a healthy diet and/or supplements). Too much unprotected exposure…

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National Nursing Week

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) in 1972 decided that the historic Florence Nightingale’s birthday (May 12th) be recognized as International Nurses Day. Today we in Canada recognize the whole second week in May to be National Nursing Week. Every day the hard work of nurses leaves a lasting impact on both individuals directly receiving care, and on communities as a whole. Which is why this week is so incredibly important, the nurses here at the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital work hard to deliver the highest quality of care possible and deserve recognition for it.  This year’s theme for the…

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Volunteer Showcase: Judith Christie

There are so many incredible people that donate their time to our hospital on a regular basis. One of these such people is Judith Alberta Christie. She currently volunteers in the emergency room and is coming up on her fourth year with the hospital in September. Judith is 90 years old and still remains very active in her community, along with volunteering she also bowls, does yoga and square dances, essentially there’s something going on every day in Judith’s life. Keeping as active as Judith may seem hard, but she is no stranger to work. She grew up as an…

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6th Annual Care From the Heart Day

On March 14th, 2019 from 7am-7pm Mix 107 will be hosting the 6th annual Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital’s Care From the Heart Day Radiothon. The event is broadcast live from the hospital foyer, and will host live speakers and music as well as many other events. The Radiothon is pivotal raising money for our hospital. In the past this money has been used for services and programs in the hospital just such as the new CT scanner, and we hope to continue this tradition of new services through the help of our donors. The radiothon is a great opportunity to…

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Cannabis Legalization

With the legalization of marijuana in full swing many are wondering what the effects on individuals will be now that the drug is readily accessible. AHS has a list of many resources outlining risks and recommendations for cannabis use that can be found on their website. They suggest that the most effective risk prevention strategy is to avoid cannabis use altogether. However, if an individual is going to use, one of the most important points professionals stress is to avoid early initiation of cannabis. The exact age that cannabis becomes “safer” to use is debated, some suggest 18 years old…

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Changes to Canada’s Food Guide

Since 2007 Canada’s food guide as remained untouched, which is not surprising due to the political implications of the guide. Various sectors of agriculture have stakes in what the food guide recommends so changing it is sure to make some waves. The full guide is not set to be released until late 2019. However, the “guiding principles” and some draft versions are out now. Judging from these early indications it appears the guide is going to undergo some drastic changes. One example is the guides shift away from meats and dairy products, instead promoting “a high proportion of plant-based foods…

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Bell Let’s Talk Day

In 2010 Bell started a program in order to change the conversation about mental health in Canada. Now every 30th of January, Bell has pledged to increase their donations based on the activity of Canadians. Bell will donate 5 cents for every text, call, tweet, social media video view and Facebook frame or Snapchat filter sent on the 30th.  The Let’s Talk program is designed to create and promote an open discussion about mental health. The program achieves this by accentuating four key aspects: anti-stigma, care & access, research, and workplace health. In the past certain language and behaviours about…

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been annually observed on 3 December around the world. The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. This theme focuses on the empowering persons with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable and sustainable development envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda, pledging to “leave no one behind,” is an ambitious plan of action of the  international community towards a peaceful and prosperous world, where dignity of an individual person and equality among all is applied as the fundamental…

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Mammogram Bus

One in eight women in Alberta will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes, and the chances increase with age. Due to this, if you are between 50 and 74 you should get mammograms regularly. In order to make this goal more achievable Alberta Health Service’s mobile mammography unit will be visiting the Fort Saskatchewan Hospital from January 24th-29th. To book an appointment at the mobile screening unit, or at either the full-sized clinics located in Edmonton and Calgary, visit screeningforlife.ca/book-a-screening/ or call Screen Test at 1-800-667-0604. This mobile screening service is meant to bring breast cancer screening tests directly into communities…

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