Latest Media Stories

Seven Oaks Centre wins international award

December 7, 2016

Seven Oaks Hospital Chronic Disease Innovation Centre has been selected as the winner of a Business Excellence Award by the Canada China Business Council. CDIC is a non-profit organization that supports medical research in Winnipeg and operates an international division known as Canada Wellness Institute. Read more here or see the report in the Winnipeg Free Press.

Manitoba’s newest research centre underway

November 8, 2016Concept drawing of CDIC

A next generation research centre will be built at Seven Oaks Hospital in upcoming months now that three quarters of the cost has been pledged by private donors. Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation has been working to raise $1.2 million to renovate an existing space on the main level of Seven Oaks Hospital and announced its major donors and the plans for construction at an event today. See the Media Release and Backgrounder.

Report to the Community

June 24, 2016Cover

by Twylla Krueger, Executive Director, Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation

Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation has published a Report to the Community which is being distributed as part of our commitment to keep the community informed and to help donors and supporters understand the impact of their contributions.

The Foundation and hospital are grateful for your support. We invite your questions and feedback on this Report to the Community or any of our work by contacting the Foundation at 204-632-3552 or emailing info@sogh.mb.ca

Seven Oaks wins business innovation award

March 7, 2016

In its first year of operation the Seven Oaks Hospital Chronic Disease Innovation Centre (CDIC) is already being recognized as a leader in innovation in the Winnipeg business community.

CDIC won the Spirit of Winnipeg award for innovation in the non-profit category at a packed Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s gala dinner at Club Regent Event Centre last Friday. The annual awards recognize Winnipeg’s most innovative organizations including large, small and medium business, start-up businesses, social enterprises and non-profit organizations. Seven Oaks was also featured in a Winnipeg Free Press account of the awards on Saturday.

CDIC was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce for its approach to commercialization of research and expertise as a way to support research into chronic disease and reinvest in chronic disease prevention and management at Wellness Institute, including commercial contracts and clinical trials that will help fund and grow our new research centre, and as the vehicle to commercialize Wellness expertise and earn revenue in China that will be reinvested here in Winnipeg.

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Seven Oaks representatives with their Spirit Award at the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
Spirit Awards banquet.

The award was accepted by President Carrie Solmundson who signalled to the business community, in her brief acceptance speech, that Seven Oaks is open to collaboration and partnership with businesses who want to invest in products and services based on the expertise that resides at Seven Oaks Hospital.

CDIC was created last year as a new non-profit organization under the Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation to nurture and support innovative aspects of our organization that have grown organically including world class research and the application of that research in kidney health, innovations in process engineering that have helped our Emergency Department and inpatient units cope with a steep growth in demand for services over recent years, and innovative programs and services at Wellness Institute that have gradually become noticed by the world.

CDIC is changing the way healthcare is delivered by inventing new processes, developing and testing new technology, and offering more personalized solutions for individual patients. We have already won attention from the world for success stories such as Dr. Tangri’s Kidney Failure Risk Equation and our Wellness work in China.

Innovation and the attention it attracts can improve our processes to be more efficient, it can attract the resources we need to reinvest in our hospital and in our outreach services at Wellness Institute, and allows us to pursue broader and more impactful research. It also helps inform healthcare professionals about the latest in treatment options for their patients.

Expect to hear a lot more about the CDIC over the next few years as it launches its own web site and tells its success stories to the community.

Seven Oaks researcher’s risk model adopted globally

January 12, 2016

 Image of Dr. Navdeep Tangri

A new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) confirms the global significance of the work of Winnipeg researcher Dr. Navdeep Tangri who invented a model to predict the risk of kidney failure.

The risk equation developed by Dr. Tangri using Canadian patient data and published in JAMA in 2011 showed that a series of common lab tests used together can reliably predict which kidney patients are at risk of kidney failure. This new study tested the risk equation using the patient records for over 700,000 kidney patients in more than 30 countries.

Dr. Tangri’s work is supported by a new organization, the Seven Oaks Hospital Chronic Disease Innovation Centre, which is investing in ongoing research and the translation of research into practice with innovative programs at the hospital and at the Wellness Institute. Read the Kidney Risk Equation Media Release.

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 Seven Oaks Board member a noted aboriginal entrepreneur

December 4, 2015

Seven Oaks Board Vice-Chair Brenda LaRose, was featured recently in the Globe and Mail Report on Business as a noted aboriginal entrepreneur. BrendaGlobeShe has been a board member for several years includng on the Governance Committee and will succeed Donald MacDonald as Chair in January. She is the Managing Partner of Leaders & Co. Executive Search based in Winnipeg.

After working as a Certified Human Resource Professional and a Certified Management Consultant for a large executive placement company, she recognized that many Government departments, crown corporations, academic and financial institutions and resource companies were looking to diversify their workforce and build bridges into the aboriginal community. She began to put forward aboriginal candidates and eventually left to make her own business finding and presenting qualified indigenous candidates for executive positions and boards.

See the article that ran in the November 27 Report on Business.

Media Release: Winnipeg Hospital partners to open China’s first Medical Fitness Facility

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Canada Wellness Institute at Rizhao City (right) adjacent to the Water Sports Training Centre and observation tower (left) on the Yellow Sea in Olympic Park, Rizhao City China.

August 5, 2015

The Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital has led the development of China’s first Medical Fitness Facility opening tomorrow in Rizhao City, Shandong Province. Under a multi-year agreement with the local hospital in Rizhao, an 80,000 square foot facility has been developed in a building formerly used as the Reception Centre for the Water Sports events in the 2008 Olympics.

Canada Wellness Institute, a new not for profit company formed by Seven Oaks Hospital has been licensed to commercialize Wellness Institute’s expertise and brand in China.

The partnership in Rizhao grew out of visits to Canada by the China Hospital Association and Chinese Hospitals interested in adopting Wellness Institute’s model.

See the MEDIA RELEASE and MEDIA BACKGROUNDER for more information.

Seven Oaks History online

Seven Oaks Historical Photos archived online

November 18, 2014

A unique partnership has preserved the history of Seven Oaks General Hospital and made thousands of historical photographs available on a new web site.

Although Seven Oaks General Hospital is the youngest of Winnipeg’s community hospital it has a very rich history of community involvement and innovation that is now preserved for posterity in the Faculty of Medicine Archives at the Hugh John Maclean Library at University of Manitoba.

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One of the 3000 images from the online photo archive. Prime Minister Jean Chretien visited the Wellness Institute shortly after it opened in 1997.

It’s the only hospital other than Health Sciences Centre represented in the medical archives as a result of the partnership between Seven Oaks General Hospital, University of Manitoba Library (which has an on-site medical library at Seven Oaks) and the Faculty of Medicine Archives. The project to create the web site and digitize the materials was supported by small grants from the Manitoba Heritage Grants Program and the Winnipeg Foundation.

The entire collection will be accessible to Seven Oaks and to researchers who visit the archives, but the web site representation of the collection is extensive and displays over 3000 photos.

The web site is organized into series that track events, construction, renovation, fund raising and other significant elements of the hospital which opened in 1981, but was conceived in North End organizing in the 1950’s. Two histories of the hospital, one written shortly after it opened, and another for its 20th anniversary in 2001, have also been digitized and added to the site.

The archives also include an extensive collection of materials about the more recent origins of the Wellness Institute which has been recognized as a national leader in chronic disease management and prevention.

Newly formed organizations are typically forward thinking, and don’t often consider how to preserve documents and materials that will later form an important part of our community history. For that reason, materials are often lost, damaged and destroyed before anyone realizes that significant elements of the historical record are slipping away.

The community involvement that is represented in the history of Seven Oaks Hospital will continue as part of the online archives which has an interactive component. In every section users are invited to add comments and fill out the historical record with names and dates and places. If you are someone who has been touched by Seven Oaks Hospital in anyway, you might want to log on and add your comments at http://umanitoba.ca/libraries/units/health/archives/SOGH_archives.html

The partnership that created the project has been presented as a poster at two academic conferences by Librarian Kerry MacDonald who was instrumental in connecting Seven Oaks with Archivist Jordan Bass. The three organizations worked together to get the funding to hire archival student Elizabeth-Anne Johnson.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The North End Times wrote a story about our project to preserve Seven Oaks Hospital’s history in the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine archives. Two published histories have been digitized, over 3000 photographs are posted on an interactive blog and the originals are preserved in the archives. Read the story or go straight to the online archives site.

Super Pharmacists

Wednesday September 17, 2014

A pharmacist working in Kildonan Medical Centre at Seven Oaks General Hospital is one the first 4 extended-practice pharmacists in Manitoba. Dr. Jamie Falk is featured in a Winnipeg Free Press article about the introduction of what are being called Super-Pharmacists, with additional responsibility to see patients and prescribe medications.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kids Camp gets hands-on look at healthcare

A Wellness Institute summer day camp for kids 8-12 will get a hands-on experience with healthcare at Seven Oaks General Hospital this week. Participants in the Medical Masters Camp will be introduced to a variety of healthcare professions with activities such as an x-ray demonstration, making a cast and wheelchair relay races.

Wellness Institute offers 18 week-long active day camps for children, with 7 different themes throughout the summer. All of the camps include physical activity such as swimming and games along with a creative and educational component. The popular Medical Masters Camp is offered twice each summer and registration is typically full several weeks in advance. Breakfast Television News, the Winnipeg Free Press and the North End Times reported on Medical Masters. More photos on Facebook.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Chinese healthcare wants Wellness: a Winnipeg Success Story

Thirty hospital executives and senior government officials from China are at Seven Oaks Hospital today to learn how its approach to health and wellness can be adapted and used in China.

The Chinese delegates will be immersed in all aspects of programming at the Wellness Institute from Wednesday July 2 to Friday July 4 as the first step toward reproducing the made-in Winnipeg model for hospitals in China. Local media reports about Seven Oaks work with China have appeared on CTV Morning Live in the Winnipeg Free Press, Wave Magazine and in the North End Times which also ran an opinion article by Maples MLA Mohinder Saran

Thursday May 29

Commit to Get Fit Run expecting record turnout

Organizers of the 11th Annual Commit to Get Fit Run say they are expecting a record number of runners, walkers and families with over 550 already registered in advance of the event on Sunday. Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital has been organizing the accessible run since 2003 as a way of motivating the community to take charge of their health and prevent illness. 550 is already a record and typically another 100 participants sign up on the day of the event. Read more …

May 15, 2014

Beating the blues through art … Art Beat Studios has installed its 4th exhibit of original art works in the Seven Oaks Hospital east corridor as part of a five year agreement.The exhibits rotate every six months and are based on an original theme, led by one artist working in collaboration with a group of other artists supported by Art Beat Studio.  Read the article in the North End Times about Seven Oaks relationship with Art Beat and the current exhibit.

April 30, 2014Image of magazine article

Seven Oaks Hospital Board Vice-Chair Brenda LaRose and her business Leaders & Co. were profiled in a special section of the Winnipeg Free Press in April. The section was sponsored by the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba and featured articles about First Nation contributions to economic success in our province. Leader’s & Co. focuses on finding people for jobs at the board, CEO, vice-president or director level for companies across Canada and the U.S. Read the article on Leading the Way for Aboriginal CEO’s, Businesses here.

April 1, 2014

Seven Oaks Geriatric Day Hospital wins team award

Seven Oaks Geriatric Day Hospital has been selected for the 2014 professional nursing award in the Interdisciplinary Healthcare Team category by the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM).  The annual award is presented to a health-care team that has made a signIMage of Seven Oaks Geriatric Day Hospital teamificant and meaningful difference to the health and well-being of a client population. Seven Oaks Geriatric Day Hospital team was selected through an extensive process that involved a blind adjudication by a committee of Registered Nurses and public representatives.

March 12, 2014

New Dialysis Unit

March 12 … Manitoba Health Minister Erin Selby announced the official opening of a third dialysis unit at Seven Oaks General Hospital today. The bright new unit has state of the art equipment and processes and will serve as many as 48 patients with kidney failure who will receive life-saving dialysis for 5 hours at a time, three days per week. See the media release or read coverage of the event by CBC

November 22, 2013

Better COPD care also improves efficiency

Seven Oaks General Hospital and its healthcare partners in the northwest sector of Winnipeg have been recognized with an Innovation Award for improving care and reducing the need for hospitalization of patients with a lung condition known as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder. (COPD)

November 19, 2013

Strong demand for safe diabetes exercise program

People with type 2 diabetes are flocking to a Winnipeg pilot program that helps them learn to exercise safely and effectively. The Community Fitness for Diabetes project is running at three locations during Diabetes Month and there is a waiting lists to participate.

November 6, 2013

Wellness Institute going global

The Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital has signed a partnership agreement with the Chinese Hospital Association to provide training and support for chronic disease prevention and management to its many member hospitals.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Community Fitness for Diabetes program launched
The Wellness Institute and its community partners, YMCA‐YWCA Winnipeg and Youville Centre are launching a program
to help people with type 2 diabetes manage their condition with safe, regular exercise.

June 29, 2012
The successful, province-wide Get Better Together! program that helps people with chronic illness learn to manage their conditions and live better lives will soon be available online, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

December 12, 2012

Sun Rising at Seven Oaks Hospital 

The latest and largest indoor public art piece in the North End was unveiled today in the new atrium of Seven Oaks General Hospital. The original mosaic art wall was commissioned by Seven Oaks Hospital Foundation for the Access to Care development recently completed at the hospital.

October 4, 2012

Seven Oaks General Hospital has opened the doors to a bright welcoming entrance and more integrated health services with the completion of its Access to Care project.