Saturday, April 30, 2022
A month in review at Niagara Health
Our hospital sites are facing heightened pressures as we navigate through the sixth wave of the pandemic. Given the challenges with high patient volumes in our Emergency Departments and inpatient units, we ask that patients consider their healthcare options before visiting the hospital for non-emergency concerns. In non-emergency situations, we encourage patients to reach out to their primary care provider first or make an appointment with our Virtual Urgent Care (www.UrgentCareOntario.ca).


While we continue with our response to COVID-19, we want to take the time to recognize our team members and their unique experiences, cultures and celebrate their successes. Here are some of their stories.
Recognizing contributions of physicians on Doctors’ Day

Join us in expressing appreciation and recognition of our more than 600 physicians and those in the community this Doctors’ Day on Sunday, May 1.

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) is asking residents to show their support and give thanks in a colourful way in a show of appreciation for physicians. Residents can select a coloured tile on doctorsday.ca that most represents the way a physician has made a positive impact on their life. On May 1, the OMA will unveil and share a giant thank you image made up of all of the thank you tiles everyone has chosen.

In addition on May 1, Niagara Falls will be illuminated blue from 10 to 10:15 p.m. On behalf of the Niagara Falls Illumination Board, the illumination can be viewed virtually from the comfort and safety of home. Those who plan to visit the Falls must follow public health guidelines. Also on May 1, the City of Welland’s Bridge 13, and Brock University’s Schmon Tower on April 30, will be illuminated blue in recognition of Doctors’ Day.
Niagara Health volunteer sets sights on healthcare career after donating time to dialysis patients

Volunteering is a family affair for Brianna Sirotnik.

Brianna’s mom, Daniela, gave her time as a candy striper before becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) for Niagara Health. Her dad has devoted countless unpaid hours to community sports leagues. And her grandmother, Mary, took up volunteering at the Walker Family Cancer Centre after retiring as an RN.

So it made sense that Brianna would follow their lead. 
Celebrating diversity helps ‘to ensure everyone feels comfortable’ – Sonali Kohli, Vice-President, Diagnostics and Chief Information Officer

Niagara Health’s Vice-President, Diagnostics and Chief Information Officer, is proud of all that makes her who she is.

We caught up with Sonali Kohli, who tells us what diversity means to her as Niagara Health celebrated Diversity Month in April.

We also asked some of our team members to share their reflections on the importance of diversity. Read what they had to say here.
Help save lives by registering to become an organ and tissue donor

Niagara Health is grateful to the 10 organ donors from the region who saved the lives of 32 people last year.

“Often the only good thing that comes of a tragedy when someone loses a life – the only good thing that comes of it – is they saved someone else’s life with an organ donation,” says Dr. Hari Vasan, Niagara Health’s Hospital Donation Physician and Medical Director of the Critical Response Team. “The solace and satisfaction that provides to a donor’s family years later is significant, knowing that in spite of a tragedy, some good came of it and someone’s life is better as a result.”

Dr. Vasan, Niagara Health and Trillium Gift of Life Network encourage everyone over the age of 16 to discuss their wishes with their families, then register to become an organ and tissue donor.
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