Connect Care

Anyone who has worked in healthcare in recent years knows about the trials and tribulations surrounding health information records. In recent years, AHS has had more than 1300 different health information systems all operating independently, until now. AHS has recently implemented an action plan to centralize these information systems into one program, termed Connect Care. This will allow for all of a patient’s medical history, past diagnostic tests, doctor’s notes, and other key information to be in one place, and easily assessable to any healthcare team in the province regardless of where they are located.  So, what does all of…

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Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer sadly seems to be part of everyone’s life. Being Canada’s most common cancer and the one that is responsible for the most deaths, it is unsurprising that this is the unfortunate case. Many people attribute lung cancer’s high incidence rate to smoking. However, this is not the whole story. While the relationship between smoking and the incidence of lung cancer is well established, lung cancer is still among the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in never-smokers. The myth that lung cancer is brought on by behaviors and that avoiding smoking means you won’t get lung cancer is just…

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10th Annual Fall Appreciation Dinner

The Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Foundation is hosting its 10th annual Fall Appreciation Dinner. The event is set to be hosted in the Normandy Room of the Canadian Legion on November 2nd, doors will open at 5:00 pm and dinner is set to be served at 6:30 pm. It is sure to be a fun night consisting of dinner, cash bar, strolling magic show, and even a “fun” casino for which prizes will be allocated for the big winners. Not to mention by attending you are helping support the great work of our community hospital because all proceeds from the…

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3 Things We Can Give to Save Lives

Many people are very familiar with Canadian Blood Services and the important work that they do. Blood and blood products serve as a valuable resource for patients and medical professionals. It is crucial for treating those in emergency situations and surgeries, as well as those undergoing cancer treatment.  Due to this demand, the blood donation program carried out by Canadian Blood Services saves countless lives every year. But did you know that along with blood donation there are many other donation options and avenues that Canadian Blood Services provides, and all are vitally important to saving lives.  Plasma Plasma is…

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4 Ways to Promote a Healthy Gut Microbiome

The human gut microbiome consists of all the microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, etc) that inhabit your gastrointestinal tract. These microorganisms are an integral part of your daily health. Although we often think of bacteria in a negative way, there are actually numerous beneficial bacteria that can protect us from pathogens, provide vitamins and nutrients, aid in digestion, as well as train the immune system. Keeping these “good” microbes happy comes largely from a balanced diet. Promoting a diverse gut microbiome is beneficial for your immune system, creating a stronger and more stable environment. How can you help your “good” microbes? Eat…

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3 Ways to Build Strong Bones

It’s easy to take our bones for granted. After all, they do all their work behind the scenes. But when a bone breaks, it’s a big deal. Bones take time to heal, even for kids. Having strong bones in childhood lays a foundation for bone health throughout life. We build almost all our bone density when we’re children and teens. The bone-building process is mostly finished around age 20. As adults, we still replace old bone with new bone, but more slowly. Over time, our bones get weaker. Kids with strong bones have a better chance of avoiding bone weakness…

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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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