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Meet Bill Crumplin

On April 6, 2016, my life as I knew it changed completely.

I’m Bill Crumplin and the picture that I am holding above is of my late wife, Donna Williams, who passed away on that April day.

Our journey began in November of the year before, and it wasn’t until after months of tests and biopsies that Donna received a diagnosis. You see, Donna lived with a cardiac disease that could have been detected earlier had she had access to a cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Donna was scheduled to travel to Ottawa for such a scan, but was not healthy enough to make the trip. During her time in hospital, Donna pledged to raise the funds needed to support the purchase of the latest MRI for Health Sciences North to help others like her in our community.
Donna received her diagnosis on March 24, 2016. Sadly, Donna died just days later.
I am championing the fight to have the newest and most advanced imaging equipment available, right here at Health Sciences North. Perhaps you or someone you know have experienced wait times, had to endure biopsies or other tests necessary for a diagnosis, or had to travel to another community for an MRI. 

In Donna’s memory, friends and family have taken on her quest and established the Donna Williams MRI Fund at Health Sciences North Foundation. Please join us in helping to raise the $6.1 Million needed to purchase two new MRIs that will provide superior scans, significantly shorten wait times, reduce the travel burden and costs for patients, improve diagnostics and treatment, and offer cardiac MRIs closer to home.
Every dollar raised will remain in our community to support this vital purchase.

Labelle Family Donates $5 Million to Health Sciences North

SUDBURY, ON – A Cochrane family, who for more than 70 years built up communities from Thunder Bay to Moosonee to New Liskeard, has made a historic investment in Northeastern Ontario’s healthcare. Marcel and Frances Labelle, pioneers of Canadian industry, announced a donation of $5 million towards HSN’s Innovation and Learning Centre. 

Marcel established M. J. Labelle Co Ltd at the height of the Great Depression and World War II. The business would become one of the most successful civil engineering companies in Northern Ontario, constructing hundreds of miles of highways, building quarries and hauling more than three million cords of wood from the bush. The company employed hundreds of people across the north, bringing sewers, water mains and airstrips to dozens of northern communities through new construction projects.

“Marcel and Frances are proud to support the Innovation and Learning Centre which will ensure that northerners will be among the first to benefit from breakthrough techniques and treatment methods learned on site,” said Ehor Bobby, Director for the Marcel and Frances Labelle Foundation, as well as a long-time friend and associate. “They are particularly proud that doctors and other health care professionals will be trained here in the north.” With this gift, Marcel and Frances are hoping to inspire others to follow their lead and support healthcare in our region.

“In recognition of Marcel and Frances Labelle’s leadership, generosity, and dedication to learning, the HSN Board of Directors is proud to announce the naming of the Labelle Innovation and Learning Centre,” said HSN Board Chair Nicole Everest. She added this donation will help HSN in its mandate as the tertiary care centre for the region, while closing the gaps in the health care system in Northeastern Ontario. “This allows us to be even better positioned to recruit and retain some of the top talent in Canada, to care for the people of the north.”

 

Meet Jean Boyle

By the time Jean Boyle met Dr. Gopalakrishnan in May 2018 he already had a treatment plan in place. 

 

“He told me that we did not have any days to spare, that every day was critical to my treatment plan,” says Jean. “I instantly knew that having him as my Doctor was a very rare and special gift.”

Even when he was not at the clinic, Dr. Gopalakrishnan kept himself fully informed on Jean’s treatment. “I could always count on him to keep me up to date on my progress, what the next steps would be and what to expect,” says Jean.  “His expertise, passion and dedication to his patients, his caregivers, his co-workers and the medical profession are what makes him an exceptional doctor.”

 “Thank you, Dr. Gopalakrishnan for being my STAR!”  says Jean. “You are one in a million.”

Have you or a loved one been a patient of Health Sciences North and wished that you could thank that special physician, nurse, paramedic, volunteer or staff member who helped to make your stay or visit a little better?

HSN Foundation and The Sudbury Star have partnered to help you say “Thank you” to those special people with the STAR, or Special Thanks and Recognition program.

To purchase your STAR, contact Health Sciences North Foundation at 705-523-7130 or click here

Meet Bruce Kutchaw

Bruce Kutchaw was admitted to
Health Sciences North’s 6th Floor, South.


“You never know when you will meet that special person who makes a difference in your life,” says Bruce.  “The friendly smile that greeted me on my first morning there belonged to my nurse, Chris.  Her upbeat personality, compassion, attentiveness and clear and concise instructions helped me to take charge of my health and learn to self-administer insulin.”

Chris seemed to be there whenever Bruce needed her and helped to transform a stressful and uncomfortable situation into one that was warm and enjoyable.

“Thank you, Chris, for your exceptional patient care,” says Bruce.  “You are my STAR!”

Have you or a loved one been a patient of Health Sciences North and wished that you could thank that special physician, nurse, paramedic, volunteer or staff member who helped to make your stay or visit a little better?

HSN Foundation and The Sudbury Star have partnered to help you say “Thank you” to those special people with the STAR, or Special Thanks and Recognition program.

To purchase your STAR, contact Health Sciences North Foundation at 705-523-7130 or click here

$500,000 donation kick starts HSN's journey to new MRI equipment

Carman and Sandy Fielding are pleased to announce a $500,000 donation to support the purchase of new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment at Health Sciences North (HSN). New MRIs will ensure that patients in Northeastern Ontario have access to advanced medical equipment to diagnosis disease or injury, and monitor how well patients are doing with treatments.
"Sandy and I are pleased to support the purchase of new MRI equipment for Health Sciences North with our $500,000 donation,” said Carman Fielding.” “We know the importance of giving back to our community, and making it a better and healthier place to live. This includes having access to the latest in MRI equipment to allow for the best possible care.”
HSN currently operates a single MRI scanner 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Every year, approximately 13,000 MRI tests are performed at HSN to support the treatment of 600,000 residents in Northeastern Ontario. The adult wait-time for an MRI scan at HSN is 93 days or less, for 9 out of 10 patients, which is over three times higher than the provincial target of 28 days.
The existing MRI at HSN is nearing its 10-year lifespan. In addition to replacing the existing scanner, there is a need for a second MRI in order to  provide enhanced patient-centred care by significantly shortening wait times, operating more accessible hours, providing a backup unit in the event of equipment failure, reducing travel burden and costs for patients, improving diagnosis and treatment, and repatriating cardiac care closer to home.
“Health Sciences North Foundation would like to thank Carman and Sandy Fielding for their generous donation towards the purchase of new MRI equipment to meet the healthcare needs of our community,” says Mary Lou Hussak, President and CEO, HSN Foundation. “The generous support of our donors is critical in our ability to support the hospital in the purchase of new MRIs. We are excited for the future and our continued partnership with all of our donors to advance excellence in healthcare in Northeastern Ontario.”

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