Friday, September 24, 2021

PRPA's Community Investment Fund put to work for Northwest health care

Medical Equipment for a key piece of Northwest health
care in Terrace was the focus for the latest investment
from the Port of Prince Rupert's Community Investment Fund
(Photo from PRPA)

The latest delivery of community funding from the Prince Rupert Port Authority will be heading the way of Terrace, but benefit the entire Northwest, with the Port's Community Investment Fund investing close to 20,000 dollars in a clinic at Mills Memorial Hospital.

In an information update from Thursday, the PRPA outlined the scope of this latest use of the funding program.

The Women’s Wellness Centre and Colposcopy Clinic at Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace is now better equipped to serve patients from across Northwest BC thanks to a $19,500 Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) investment. 

The Dr. REM Lee Hospital Foundation received the contribution by way of PRPA’s Community Investment Fund to support the purchase of a new OmniScope Hysteroscopy and Fluent Fluid Management System, saving patients from travelling outside the region for critical diagnostic and follow-up treatments. 

 This new uterine scope and fluid management system is the best available equipment to diagnose and treat uterine polyps, post-menopausal complications, pre-cancers, and cancers. It allows for physicians and nursing staff to carry out a minimally invasive procedure to biopsy and remove cancerous uterine masses and fibroids safely and with precision.

Dr. Dawid Van Rensburg, Chief of Staff, Mills Memorial Hospital explained the importance of such technology and how it will be used at the Terrace facility. 

“These tools have significantly improved our ability to serve patients from across the Northwest with various gynecologic conditions, including endometrial pathology and infertility. Utilizing the Hysteroscopy and Fluent Fluid Management Systems enables us to provide care in a much less invasive fashion and significantly reduces the risk of complications.”

Health care is just one area that the Prince Rupert Port Authority's Community Investment Fund has provided financial assistance to community initiatives and as part of the Thursday announcement, Shaun Stevenson the President and CEO of the Port Authority outlined the Port's focus for this investment.

"Over the last decade, the Prince Rupert Port Authority has made over $400,000 in investments towards healthcare projects by way of our Community Investment Fund, This project’s ability to secure a higher standard of healthcare for women throughout Northwest BC is something the Prince Rupert Port Authority is proud to support.”

You can review more on the latest funding contribution from the Port's information statement here.

A look back at some of the past investments from the PRPA Community Investment Fund is available here.

Fore notes on Health Care in the Northwest see our archive page here.

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