La Verendrye benefits from grant awarded by Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences


Healthcare lotteries have become a popular way to support northern hospitals through Covid, because unlike traditional lotteries, everyone wins. Our region’s latest winner are dialysis patients, with the gift of $100,000 towards a central water purification system for the Fort Frances Renal Program.

The funds were awarded from the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, using proceeds from donations and monthly 50/50 lottery proceeds. In all, there was $4.1 million approved for dispersal to 28 projects across northwestern Ontario.

The funding was a welcome announcement for staff and executive at Riverside Health Care.

“Riverside is excited for the Regional Dialysis Unit to have received such a significant grant to further enhance its valued services to our local families,” said Julie Loveday, Executive Vice President, Clinical Services & CNE Riverside Health Care.

The Fort Frances Dialysis unit is a satellite program of the TBRHSC. It is housed within LaVerendrye General Hospital, with space rented through Riverside Health Care Facilities. However the equipment within the unit is supplied, maintained and staffed by TBRHSC.

“This funding was made possible by the generosity of our donors, and the supporters of our 50/50 draw,” says Parker Jones, Chair, Board of Directors, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. “The continued support has been incredible, and we cannot thank the community enough. We are so excited to be able to use these dollars to improve care not only locally, but in the regional communities as well.”

“These equipment and facility upgrades are going to benefit not only our patients, but also our health care workers, who we have relied on so heavily during the past 18 months. These grants will allow us to give them the tools necessary not only to provide exceptional care to our patients but also to improve their own experience,” Says Rhonda Crocker Ellacott, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre and Chief Executive Officer of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute.

In total, 28 grants ranging from $5,000 to $1,000,000 were approved to be funded by the Foundation. The grants will not only benefit the local Hospital, but also hospitals in the region. Grants have been approved for equipment replacement and upgrades in Kenora, Dryden, Fort Frances, Terrace Bay and Marathon.

“Different departments of the hospital applied for these grants to fund equipment that will really help Hospital staff provide the best possible care to patients. The success of the 50/50 draw allowed us to fund more grants than ever before. We are going to be able to purchase some vital equipment and make facility improvements that will really benefit both patients and staff,” says Glenn Craig, President and CEO of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.

Some of the regional grants approved include:

  • $10,832 to purchase two chemotherapy IV infusion pumps – Regional Cancer Care Dryden
  • $6,616 to purchase a CADD Infusion Pump – Regional Cancer Care Kenora

For a complete list of approved grants, visit