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Organ Donations - Saving Lives

Posted by Bill van Asperen

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P.E.I. would like to see more Islanders donating organs for transplant, so that more people can take advantage of the transplant program in the region. Health PEI recently hired an organ and tissue donation and transplantation manager, as well as a new renal clinic transplant nurse. Their goal is to convince Islanders to say "yes" to having their organs donated.

We meet Gordan MacFarlane, who was diagnosed with liver disease in 2000, and waited five years to finally get the call that a matching liver was available. We also hear from Mike Oulton, who's wife Lynda died four years ago, and her organ donation saved six lives.
 
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Lean Healthcare

Posted by Bill van Asperen

Healthcare.jpgA consultancy group was paid approximately 100-thousand dollars a year to make Island healthcare more efficient and effective. Health PEI says it's already made some significant improvements in hospital admissions. Several projects have already been completed, one to reduce falls at a provincial nursing care facility, and another to improve access at family doctors' offices. We spoke with Dale Schattenkirk, president of the Learning to See consultancy group, based in Regina, and Rick Adams, the executive director of Corporate Services and Long-term Care for Health PEI.

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Benefit for the Welsh Family

Posted by Bill van Asperen

WelshFamilyBenefit2.jpgFabian Welsh and his two children Jenn and Matthew have all been diagnosed with a rareform of thyroid cancer. The only one who doesn't have it is wife and mother Susan. Needless to say, it's been a hard couple of years for the Welsh family, with many trips to Halifax for surgeries and radiation. Family and friends are rallying to raise money, and will be holding a fundraiser. Matt Rainnie sat down with Fabian, Susan, Jenn and Matthew... to talk to them about their struggles...and what they can expect on the road ahead.

The benefit for the Welsh Family will be held April 25th at the Murphy's Community centre at 7pm. There will be a live and silent auction, as well as entertainment. You can also donate online, just follow the web page link welshfamilybenefit.com.

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