Why You Should Get The Flu Shot and Where to Get it

As we deal with a new respiratory virus in SARS CoV-2, it is important that we take advantage of pre-existing prevention techniques for other serious diseases. This includes seasonal influenza. By getting vaccinated for influenza you are helping to reduce the burden on our hospitals by preventing the spread of another respiratory disease. Often people talk about getting sick with “stomach flu.” This is not the same thing as influenza, and is caused by various other less severe viruses. Elderly people, young children, pregnant women, and those with chronic conditions are at the highest risk for influenza. By getting vaccinated…

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Isolation run For Healthcare Workers

Recently, the Foundation was approached with a unique fundraising opportunity. Isolation Run is an organization utilizing fitness as a fundraising alternative. Although most recreational activities are canceled during the pandemic, running outside isn’t going anywhere! Isolation run is using running to raise funds for local care facilities to support front line workers. We are happy to be on of many organizations who have joined as benefactors. If you’d like to support us in this way, it’s super easy to do! Just register for free then select the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Foundation as the organization you will be raising money…

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4 Ways to Stay Busy While Self-Isolating

The recent developments of Covid-19 have affected everyone in our province, country, and across the globe. We are told to stay home, practice good hygiene and practice physical distancing, but how can Covid-19 affect our health besides the obvious, getting sick? Many people are feeling anxious, lonely and uncertain. What can be done to try to make the most of staying at home? There are plenty of things you can do to make the time go by faster and feel more comfortable! Try and establish a routine, for example if you’re working from home, work the hours you normally would…

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Video: Research at Fort Sask 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.

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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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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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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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