Transforming Health Care
The potential to change the face of health care is with the latest science and technology. Cutting edge medical solutions require research, education and innovative equipment.
Help provide funding for cutting edge research, medical technologies and change the way health care is delivered in New Brunswick.
How does investing in research impact patients? Thanks to a new study and a generous donation from The McCain Foundation, spine surgery patients feel better quicker.
The research, which team recently won the 2020 Research Team of the Year, had the idea that many spine surgery patients would benefit from a cardiac “prehabilitation” program. The project involves a randomized, controlled trial of surgical spine patients at risk for cardiac issues. The participants are using the cardiac rehabilitation program in advance of spine surgery to see if it improves mental health, decreases disability and pain, and reduces cardiac risk factors before surgery and six months after surgery.
Education and physical activities before spinal surgery can significantly improve patient outcomes. Dr. Manson, Orthopedic Surgeon at the Saint John Regional Hospital, says interest in the study among patients is high.
Cecile Proctor was our 2018 Franklin MindCare Scholarship recipient. As a student, Cecile searched for volunteer opportunities at local brain injury associations and was disappointed to learn that no such organizations existed in New Brunswick. “I made it my mission to change that,” recalls Cecile, who launched the Brain Injury Association of New Brunswick.
Recently, she co-chaired the organizing committee for a brain injury conference, held right here in Saint John. “I am passionate about working with people and improving lives with the work I will do right here at home. I am so grateful to be chosen as a recipient of the Franklin MindCare Scholarship, which will allow me to focus on my studies while continuing my volunteer work within the community,” says Cecile.
The John T McMillan Jr Memorial Foundation are donors who are making an impact, thanks to their recent purchase of a Digital Droplet PCR. Although this piece of equipment is small in size, it will produce essential information for our oncologists in order to help extend survival rates and provide better care for patients with leukemia.
“Digital PCR is a new technique that enables us to detect residual cancer in many more patients with still active disease which previously we thought were in remission. By knowing these patients still have active cancer at low levels we can embark on new treatments that will give us a much better chance of providing a cure,” says Dr. Terry Comeau, Hematologist Oncologist at the Saint John Regional Hospital.