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New technology at SLMHC brings more precise breast cancer surgery: Magseed technology is now here!
Magseed Technology at SLMHC significantly impacting breast cancer patient care
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and ideal timing calls for the celebration of a wonderful addition, Magseed technology at Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC)!
SLMHC Foundation 50/50 draw winner takes home over $10,000
Kathy Hager, from Kenora, took home $10,050 after having her winning ticket number, K-6660897, drawn during the Oct. 13 Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) Foundation 50/50 draw.
Highlighting our Team: Dr. Rachel Schoon
Dr. Rachel Schoon, Physician, provides patient care both at SLMHC and in First Nations communities, working in a variety of areas. Click here to read more about how she provides rural and remote health care as a practicing physician.
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Getting Set for Skip to Equip: Together Again, to Celebrate 10!
The 10th anniversary Bearskin Airlines Skip to Equip Classic is on its way to the Ojibway Golf and Curling Club this November!  Due to COVID-19, last year’s event was cancelled, and the organizers are thrilled to be able to host again.
Highlighting our Team: Andrea McWatters
Andrea McWatters has been part of the SLMHC health care team for ten years, and she is currently the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Coordinator and Team Lead at our William “A” George Extended Care Facility (ECU). Read about how SLMHC has helped her reach career and education goals!
SLMHC Foundation 50/50 draw winner takes home almost $9,500
Renata Bruce, from Shuniah, took home $9,498 after having her winning ticket number, J-3637121, drawn during the Sept. 10 Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) Foundation 50/50 draw.
Vaccination Policy for Staff/Physicians/Contractors
Vaccination Policy for Staff/Physicians/Contractors
The Chief Medical Officer of Health issued Directive #6, which has mandated that high-risk settings, such as hospitals, must have COVID-19 vaccination policies in place by September 7, 2021.
Highlighting our Team: Lori Donnelly
Lori Donnelly, Patient Care Manager, has been part of the health care team at Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) since 1983. After starting her career as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN), Lori has pursued further education throughout her tenure to provide health care in multiple areas at SLMHC! Click here to read more.
Celebrating Careers: Anna Wellwood honoured after 21 years of dedicated service at SLMHC
Anna Wellwood, Admitting Clerk, has been part of the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) team for over 20 years. After 21 years of dedicated service, Wellwood is officially retiring.
SLMHC Foundation 50/50 draw winner takes home over $13,000
Ashley Magiskan, from Thunder Bay, took home $13,242 after having her winning ticket number drawn during the August 11 Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) Foundation 50/50 draw.
Highlighting our Team: Housekeeping
Lydia Harms, Housekeeper, works in Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre’s (SLMHC) Housekeeping Department. Lydia is part of an attentive, and dedicated, team that ensures patient rooms and facilities are kept clean, tidy, and stocked with essential supplies. Click here to read more about our housekeeping team.
July’s Early Bird Draw: In Loving Memory of Andrew Burke
With our monthly Early Bird Draws, ticket buyers have the opportunity to win $1000 when they purchase their 50/50 tickets early! This month’s $1000 prize was generously donated by Rikki Burke, in loving memory of Andrew Burke; husband, father, brother and friend.
Local SLMHC Foundation 50/50 draw winner takes home over $14,000
Delphine Crane, from Sioux Lookout, took home $14,148 after having her winning ticket number, H-5630474, drawn during the July 9 Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) Foundation 50/50 draw.
SLMHC introduces new patient-centered, team-based model of care at hospital
Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) was excited to move to an innovative approach to inpatient care at our 60-bed hospital last month. The patient-centered Team Model of Care for our inpatients came into effect on Tuesday, June 15, with the goal of even better patient care and a more collaborative health team environment.
SLMHC Miichim program receives donation of over 400 fish from Sioux Lookout Walleye Weekend fishing tournament
Participants in this year’s annual Sioux Lookout Walleye Weekend fishing tournament supported the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre’s (SLMHC) Miichim (Traditional Foods) program by donating 440 fish, totaling approximately 250 pounds, from the tournament.
Highlighting our Team: Human Resources
Jenna Wisnoski and Jade Beaulne, Human Resources Officers, work in Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre’s (SLMHC) Human Resources Department. Jenna and Jade are looking to add to our talented team at SLMHC! Click here to read more.
Celebrating Careers: Carole Slater says goodbye after 28 years at SLMHC
Carole Slater, Senior Executive Assistant, is an important part of the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) Administration team. She has been working at SLMHC for just under 28 years and, after a successful and lengthy career, is officially retiring this month.
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SLMHC services operating as normal following June 23 storm
We understand multiple power outages and infrastructure damages are currently affecting the Sioux Lookout area due to the storm on the evening of June 23. Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre’s (SLMHC) power is restored, and all services are operating as normal.
June’s Early Bird Draw sponsor
This month’s Early Bird Draw is generously sponsored by an anonymous donor. The donation of $1000 was made to support the Foundation and the health care community. Thank you again to our generous donor!
Highlighting our Team: Mental Health and Addictions Program
Ray Legros, Addictions Counsellor and Case Manager, works in Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre’s (SLMHC) Mental Health and Addictions Program (MHAP). Ray works with a talented, multidisciplinary team in MHAP, where they respond and meet the needs of those affected by mental health and addiction issues.
Public Update: Visitor Restrictions Lifting at SLMHC
Public Update: Visitor Restrictions Lifting at SLMHC
As the province of Ontario has entered Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen, here at Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) we are lifting some of the visitor restrictions in place.
Dryden resident takes home over $18,000 after winning SLMHC Foundation 50/50 draw
Lori-Lynne Levesque, from Dryden, took home $18,425 after winning the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) Foundations’ June 11 50/50 draw.
Lowering flag to half-mast, SLMHC takes time to honour lives of those lost at Kamloops Residential School
Highlighting our Team: Dietary
Ross Horne, Head Cook, is part of Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre’s (SLMHC) Food Services team! Ross works with a well-rounded, and fast-paced, Food Services team, where they ensure patients, ECU residents, staff members, and visitors have daily access to fresh, delicious meal options.
SLMHC Staying the Course with COVID-19 Precautions
SLMHC Staying the Course with COVID-19 Precautions
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) is staying the course with its visitor restrictions and following best practices set out by Ontario’s public health officials.
May 2021 Early Bird Draw
This month’s $1000 prize was generously donated by Christa Schulz in memory of her husband Klaus Schulz. Thank you Christa for your generous donation! The next Early Bird Draw is on May 21 at 11 a.m. Get tickets before this time to get a chance to take home $1000.
Highlighting our Team: Materials Management
Dave Kulchyski, Materials Services Team Lead, is part of the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre’s (SLMHC) Materials Management team! Dave works with an efficient team in Materials Management, where they ensure SLMHC has the medical supplies, PPE and equipment required for our staff, clients, and patients.
Jackpot stays local after Sioux Lookout resident wins over $25,000 in SLMHC Foundation 50/50 draw
Ralph Raspado, from Sioux Lookout, took home $25,648 after having his winning ticket number drawn during the May 12 Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) Foundation 50/50 draw.
Highlighting our Team: Laboratory
Dana Ursula, MLT, has worked in the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) laboratory for seven years. Click here to learn more about our laboratory team!
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Changes to Chief of Staff at SLMHC
Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre’s (SLMHC) Chief of Staff, Dr. Barbara Russell-Mahoney, will be stepping down from her role next month.
SLMHC recognized as a RNAO Best Practice Organization pre-designate
Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) is proud to announce its appointment as a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) pre-designate through the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO).
SLMHC Ramping Down Non-Emergent Surgeries, Procedures
SLMHC Ramping Down Non-Emergent Surgeries, Procedures
Last week, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health issued a revised directive and advised that all hospitals, including those in the northern health region of the province, pause all non-emergent and non-urgent surgeries and procedures. Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) is following this directive and is pausing non-urgent surgeries/procedures.
Sioux Lookout resident over $36,000 richer after winning SLMHC Foundation 50/50 draw
Katherine Beardy, from Sioux Lookout, took home $36,370 after having her winning ticket number drawn during the April 9 Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) Foundation 50/50 draw.
April 2021 Early Bird Draw
For this month’s Early Bird Draw, the $1000 prize was generously donated by the George family (Jack, Bill, Maria, Julia, Natalie and Bruce), in memory of Arlene George, who is always in their hearts and minds. Thank you the George family for their generous donation! The next Early Bird Draw is on April 23 at 11 a.m. Get your tickets for the 50/50 draw before this time to get a chance to take home $1000.
Visitor Restrictions Updated at SLMHC
Visitor Restrictions Updated at SLMHC
Sioux Lookout residents take home over $40,000 after winning SLMHC Foundation 50/50 draw
Aaron Haagsma, Meredith Culham, Jody Morin and Rick Young, all from Sioux Lookout, took home $40,268 after they pooled together tickets at their workplace and had their winning number drawn during the March 10 Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) Foundation 50/50 draw.
Red Lake resident wins over $52,000 in biggest SLMHC Foundation 50/50 draw yet
Sandra Litwin, from Red Lake, took home $52,052 after her winning ticket was drawn during the Feb. 10 Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) Foundation 50/50 draw.
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COVID-19 Restriction Update at SLMHC
Yesterday, Premier Ford announced a 28-day State of Emergency in Ontario beginning at 12:01 am on January 14, 2021. Policies at Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) will be adjusted to assist with provincial efforts to reduce transmission.
Local family wins over $45,000 in second SLMHC Foundation 50/50 draw
Jeremy Caul, and his family, took home $45,282 after their winning Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) Foundation 50/50 ticket was drawn on Jan. 8.
First COVID-19 Vaccine given at ECU
It was a historical moment today for Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) as we administered the first Health Canada approved COVID-19 Moderna vaccine at the William A. George Extended Care Facility (ECU). The first resident to receive the vaccine was Eunice Fiddler, 85. Joining her was her daughter, Margaret Beardy, SLMHC Interpreter Tom Chapman, and Andrea McWatters, RPN Team Lead, who administered the vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccines Arriving at SLMHC
This week, the first COVID-19 vaccines will be administered at Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre’s (SLMHC) William A. George Extended Care Facility (ECU). The residents and front-line staff are the first to receive the Health Canada approved Moderna vaccine in Sioux Lookout, marking the start of Ontario’s vaccination implementation plan for our region.
SLMHC Welcomes First Baby of 2021
January 2, 2021 – Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) delivers its first newborn of 2021! Sioux Lookout resident Rosella Harper welcomed her son, Quentin Burt, on Jan. 2 at 5:19 a.m. Mom and baby are both doing well. Quentin weighs 3.48 kilograms (seven pounds, eight ounces) and is 52 centimetres (20.4 inches) long.

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