Dr. Omar Farooq on his Research at FSCH

In November the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Foundation (FSCHF) was approached by Dr. Omar Farooq, a general surgeon here at our community hospital. He came to the board with an ambitious proposal: to fund three research projects that were to be carried out in our hospital. With the goal being to not only enhance healthcare at home in Fort Saskatchewan, but everywhere colonoscopies and hernia repairs are done. The clear potential of these studies made the board’s decision simple, and it is no surprise it was a unanimous decision to award Dr. Farooq with more than $70,000 over the next…

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Video: Research at Fort Sask Community Hospital

A brief introduction to Dr. Omar Farooq and his research being conducted at Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital. Watch this short video to learn more about Dr. Omar Farooq, the hospital foundation’s recipient of a grant worth more than $70,000. The physician has been given this money in order to pursue three research projects right here at our hospital. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Farooq, his research, and the impact it will have on our community you can head to our in-depth interview with him by clicking here.

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Merry Christmas From FSCHF

Thank you for all of your generous donations throughout 2019, these funds go to supporting and enhancing healthcare right here in our community. It is because of all of you that the foundation is able to help support the hospital. And is why we are so grateful for our donors. From all of us here at the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital and the Foundation we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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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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