Dr. Noble Irwin Radiothon Exceeds Objective

Photo by David Zammit

After 22-hours on the Golden West Broadcasting’s airwaves the past couple of days, the Dr. Noble Irwin Pharmasave Radiothon for Healthcare has surpassed their goal netting $158,150 in the 13th installment of the annual event.

The non-profit organization had a two-day goal to raise $150,000 and with some final hour donations raced past that target, more than doubling day one’s total of $72,430.

Countless businesses and residents contributed to the final total, something that Jim Dekowny, the executive director of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, was very grateful for.

“The biggest part is, is the donors,” he said. “It’s not just Swift Current, it’s the southwest, it’s from up to Leader over to Maple Creek down to Climax over to Herbert. We have donors… and they stepped up pretty good and we’ve had a good couple days so it’s been good.”

With a multitude of non-profits in southwestern Saskatchewan, Dekowny said it’s great the healthcare foundation is able to grab a sliver of the pie.

“There’s so many good organizations in the southwest and we just want to do our best, so that when that something like this happens and somebody comes and hears and goes ‘ya they do a good job, so let’s throw some money at them’,” he said. “That’s kudos to my team… and kudo to what we do, to make sure that we’re visible to make sure that when you’re thinking of donating it’s to the Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation.”

The funds from this year’s event will be used to buy a new telemetry system, something that’s in urgent need for the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current.

“It’s very important to the care we provide to patients,” Dr. Kevin Wasko said on Thursday evening. “I work in the emergency department ICU area of the hospital where all of those telemetry units are kept track of by the nursing 24/7 and it monitors people that may be at any point in the hospital. It monitors their heart rate and vital signs.”

Source: Swift Current Online 

Written by David Zammit

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G3 donation supports health care in Saskatchewan communities

Winnipeg – October 18, 2021 – G3 is supporting health care around its new Swift Current grain elevator through a major charitable donation.

G3 is donating $10,000 to the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, which raises money to fund health care facilities in Southwest Saskatchewan.

Due to the pandemic, G3 was unable to hold a grand opening event for G3 Swift Current when it opened this past summer. It was decided to donate the funds from that event to the Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation.

“G3 is proud to be part of the community in and around Swift Current,” says G3 CEO Don Chapman. “We’re pleased these funds can be directed to an important cause like funding health care services and facilities for our families, neighbours and customers.”

“The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation is thrilled to accept a $10,000 donation from Swift Current’s newest grain elevator G3. The funds will be going towards a community match to kick-off the 2021 Pharmasave Radiothon for Healthcare,” says Jim Dekowny, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Thank you to G3 for helping keep healthcare strong in Southwest Saskatchewan it is greatly appreciated and has shown their commitment to supporting Swift Current & Southwest Saskatchewan.”

G3’s donation will be used to match donations from the community during the October 28 & 29 radiothon to raise funds to purchase a new Telemetry System for the Cypress Regional Hospital.

Photo caption: Jim Dekowny, Executive Director of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation (R) accepts the donation from G3 Swift Current General Manager Rick Spetz (L).

About G3
G3 was created with the vision of building a smarter path from farmers’ fields to global markets. Today, G3 is transforming the way grain moves with an expanding network of facilities that set new standards for fast, safe and reliable operations. We focus on efficiency to create opportunity for our customers across Canada and around the world. G3 Terminal Vancouver, a state-of-the art export facility, is adding more speed and efficiency to our grain supply chain. G3 is a Canadian company, and is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Weekend Ribfest Tickles Taste-Buds

Photo by Colin Powers

Regina’s Prairie Smoke and Spice picked up a pair of awards at this weekend’s Living Sky Casino Ribfest for the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation.

What originally began as a three-team competition was whittled down to two before beginning as an unfortunate windstorm prevented one of the Ribbers, Boss Hog’s BBG, from making it to the Living Sky Casino for the weekend.

That left Regina’s Prairie Smoke and Spice going head-to-head against Gator BBQ out of Simcoe, Ontario.

The celebrity judges included MLA Everett Hindley; Living Sky Casino Regional General Manager Trevor Marion; Karla Wiens, CEO of the Swift Current and District Chamber of Commerce; Deputy Mayor and Swift Current Council Member John Wall; and Iowa Wild Goaltender, Joel Rumpel.

The award for best ribs went to Gator BBQ, while both the best sauce award and the people’s choice award went to the Regina contestant.

In total, the weekend event raised $9,000 dollars towards the purchase of a Fetal Monitor for the Obstetrics unit at the Cypress Regional Hospital on behalf of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation.

Story via Swift Current Online 

Written by Paul Figueiredo

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Don’t Forget The Bibs for Weekend Ribfest

Photo Provided By Swift Current Online

Southwest residents will finally be able to break out their fancy bibs as the Living Sky Casino Ribfest rolls into the casino parking lot for the weekend.

The casino and the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation’s popular event is making a return for another year with the proceeds going towards the purchase of a Fetal Monitor for the Obstetrics unit at the Cypress Regional Hospital.

As previously reported in the original announcement, the Co-Operators & Robynn’s Insurance have come on board this year’s event as presenting sponsors.

A pair of “Ribbers” will be feeding hungry residents this year: Gator BBQ, a travelling family of ribbers from Port Dover, Ontario; and Regina’s own Prairie Smoke and Spice.

Also announced last week, a celebrity panel of judges will be on hand on Sunday to determine the best sauce and best ribs.

  • Trevor Marion | Living Sky Casino
  • Karla Wiens | Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce
  • John Wall | Deputy Mayor
  • Everett Hindley | MLA
  • Joel Rumpel | Former Wisconsin Badger

The celebrity judging will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, while Living Sky Casino Ribfest is underway today.


Story Via Swift Current Online 

Author: Paul Figueiredo 

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Get Ready To Get Your Rib On

From left to right Raul Rojas (Living Sky Casino), Jim Dekowny (Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation), Robynn Schous (The Co-operators/Robynn’s Insurance Financial Group), Kim Pierce (The Co-operators/Robynn’s Insurance Financial Group).

Residents will once again be able to get their rib on this summer with the return of the Living Sky Casino Ribfest taking place August 6th through 8th.

The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation and Living Sky Casino are proud to introduce The Cooperators/Robynn’s Insurance Financial Group as Presenting Sponsor for this year’s Ribfest.

There will be three ribbers in attendance as Executive Director of the foundation, Jim Dekowny explains.

“Right now we have three confirmed ribbers. The first is Boss Hogs, the second ribber is Gator BBQ and the third is Praire Smoke and Spice.”

Dekowny also wishes to thank this year’s Half Platter Sponsors: City of Swift Current, Melhoff Electric, Flyer Electric, and Duracon Concrete.

Dekowny provides details on where the proceeds from the event will be going this year.

“So all the proceeds for Ribfest this year will go towards a fetal monitor for the Obstetrics Unit at the Cypress Regional Hospital.”

In a press release sent to Swift Current Online from the Foundation, Dekowny says “We are excited to be a part of a large outdoor Community Event coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be a great event to get your family and friends together come out and enjoy some delicious ribs while supporting a worthy cause.”

Sask Health Authority have also confirmed that they will be on-site on August 7th and 8th  from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm and will be available to vaccinate anyone who is willing and wanting to get vaccinated.


Story via: Swift Current Online

Author: Tara Garcia

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Golf Classic Helps Dr. Noble Irwin with Obstetrics Unit Project

Nearly 150 golfers took to the links in support of a trio of Swift Current organizations late last week at the Emergency Services Charity Golf Classic.

The 15th installment of the event put on by the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Inc. was held at the Chinook Golf Course on Friday.

“I think it was a great event,” Jim Dekowny, the executive director for the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Inc., said. “Mother Nature was an absolute treat on Friday, it was just an amazing day. It got a little hot and then the cloud cover came over. Lots of money raised for not only the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation but emergency services with the firefighters and ambulance people.”

No dollar amount for the event has been released yet but the healthcare foundation will receive 60 per cent of the proceeds with 20 per cent going to each the Swift Current Fire Department and Hutch Ambulance Service.

“They (Hutch’s) take the money and spread it throughout the community and donate a little back to the Noble Irwin, as well as the firefighters,” he said. “The firefighters have the burn unit and that type of stuff they send their money to, so it’s great for everybody.”

Dekowny said the funds the healthcare foundation ends up with from the event will be used towards the Cypress Regional Hospital’s obstetrics unit for a fetal monitor.

“That’s kind of where our event money goes this year,” he said. “This being our second event, we’re probably halfway there (toward the fundraising goal).”


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Chase the Ace for Health & Education Won!

The Chase has come to an end on May 6, 2021. The Chase the Ace for Health & Education that kicked-off on on January 13, 2021 has come to an end on the 16th week of draws! The winner Brad Bakken chosen envelope #16 on week 16 and founds the Ace of Spades! Congratulations to Brad on winning the $7,202 Ace Jackpot!

Chase the Ace for Health & Education was run through a partnership between the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation and Great Plains College. The funds raised will to towards keeping healthcare strong in Southwest Saskatchewan and the Entrance Scholarship program at Great Plains College.

Although this round of the Chase was short, the Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation is looking forward to starting the Chase again in the summer of 2021!

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Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Health Care Foundation Reflects On Challenging But Successful Year

Last week the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation held their annual AGM and spent the time reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the future.

Executive Director of the foundation Jim Dekowny says overall they were happy with the foundation’s success over the past year.

“Myself and the board of directors and everybody is very happy with where we ended up and you apply for government subsidies and those types of things, so those help you. So I think it was a really successful year and really that goes to show that people in the southwest and donors in the southwest are still behind us.”

Dekowny adds that things went well considering we are in a pandemic. It was a tough atmosphere and raising money wasn’t easy and they had to adapt a lot of their events and activities.

Overall the donation rate was down last year according to Dekowny but the actual donations were larger. Evidence of this was the foundation’s successful radiothon where for the first time they reached and exceeded their fundraising goal.

Within the last year, the foundation has also brought in some new staff members who Dekowny says will help to approach things a bit differently this year.

“We really are approaching lots of things differently. I think it has a little bit to do with the pandemic but I think it has to do with the staff we have. I’ve got a great staff here and they are eager to get out there and talk to people and do things a little bit differently then has been done before.”

Dekowny adds that the foundation has a number of events coming up including the Urban Cellars Black Tie Hockey Draft on May 17th and their 15th Annual Charity Golf Classic which will be taking place at Chinook Golf Course on June 4th.

Other items discussed at the AGM included the foundation’s scholarship committee. The committee meets twice a year and distributes $15,000 twice a year. Since its start up the scholarship committee has distributed close to $690, 000 in scholarships. The foundation’s scholarships tend to be distributed to those working towards being a CCA or LPN.

Dekowny adds that two new members were also added to the foundation’s board. Nicole Friesen and Ashley Peterson were welcomed onto the board and Dekowny says that they are both eager to be involved and both know what it takes to do things and make things successful.

In closing, Dekowny wished to thank the people and donors of the southwest for continuing to support and believe in the foundation, whom without their support the foundation would not survive.

Story via: Swift  Current Online 

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Swift Current staff receive Salus Global moreOB recognition award

​The team from the Women and Children Health Service department at the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current has been honored with the Salus Global’s moreOB Recognition Award.

Salus Global is a specialty consulting and implementation firm focused on helping healthcare organizations improve performance and quality outcomes through increased interprofessional collaboration, and moreOB is one of their programs. MoreOB (Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently) is a comprehensive patient safety improvement, and professional development program offered for caregivers and administrators in hospital obstetrical units.

“In the midst of the pandemic, this team went over and above to reduce fears and uncertainty there by improving the patient experience,” stated Nicole Vance, department manager. “This team turned a stressful and difficult year into an opportunity to show resilience and highlight the exceptional team they are.”

The purpose of Salus Global’s Recognition Award is to celebrate Milestone achievements and recognize high performance. The criteria for the award are the same as what Salus Global has identified as key elements to the moreOB program, which was instituted at Cypress Regional Hospital in 2015. These elements include core team effectiveness; leadership support and involvement; effective, high-quality communication; engagement and involvement of all professions and application to practice.

The team at Cypress Regional Hospital was notified that they received this award for their work to improve the teamwork, collaboration and processes related to identifying and managing pre-term labour.

Over the past year, a transformation has occurred during Core Team meetings as members have stayed focused on their goal and what needs to be done to accomplish it.

“The team is a multidisciplinary team consisting of physicians, a midwife, LPNs and RNs from women’s and children’s and critical care, as well as paramedics from the local ambulance service,” stated Brandi Zacharias, Nursing Unit Coordinator for the Women’s and Children’s department. “Everyone worked together to collaborate between departments and improve patient care. Staff from all units were engaged and excited to make changes to better care for patients in pre term labour on the women’s and children’s unit, the ER department as well as for transport to tertiary centers. The teamwork and collaboration between units was really amazing to see.”

“You truly perform as a team, as you share responsibilities, perform within your roles and strengths, and add to your team the members needed to accomplish the goal,” said Heather Coutts, lead facilitator for Salus Global. “You have also demonstrated that there is trust, an ability to engage in a healthy debate and commitment to each other and your patients. You have demonstrated effective communication with clarifying and reviewing next steps and responsibilities at the end of each meeting. You have also closed the communication loop with participants and other departments with changes that have been made as a result of activities.”

The unit has received support from leadership at the unit level and all the way up to the provincial level.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority supported the decision to implement the moreOB program across all 17 maternal care sites in fall of 2018.  This program, supported by both the SOGC and HIROC, helps the SHA establish a provincially standardized team approach to maternal care and decision making.  The Program is supported by the Maternal and Children’s Provincial Programs and Maternal Child Outreach Coordinators, such as Christina Santo, who help to support to program here in the province.

 The Core team members for the moreOB team in Swift Current pose with their award.

According to Salus Global, “While you do not have all professions active on your Core Team, this Milestone attracted the interest of the different professions. This shows that you are choosing topics that people see as relevant and applicable to their roles. By adding ad hoc members to your team from other departments, you are showing that you recognize that importance of interdepartmental and interprofessional relationship and the connectivity/reliance that there is throughout the healthcare system.”

Utilizing approaches such as practice simulations helped to reduce fear at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and is something to acknowledge and celebrate, Salus Global added.

“There was so much fear and uncertainty at the beginning of this pandemic. As a team, we did weekly simulation to better prepare and work through processes together as things were ever changing. I really can’t say enough about the nursing staff and physician’s on our unit, everyone was so eager to prepare and patient with all the changes that were happening. They really are a great team,” stated Zacharias

“You are consistently excelling at applying knowledge into practice safely by utilizing simulations, and inviting all applicable roles to contribute,” Salus Global stated. “You review activities to identify opportunities to improve processes and identify lessons learned. You effectively monitor staff engagement and the impact of the activities through confidence survey’s, not only within your unit, but with other applicable units as well.”

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Community Comes Together To Support Local Family

The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation recently partnered with the Deobald Family to help raise funds to purchase a wheelchair-accessible van for Madison, a ten-year-old girl with severe complex special needs.

Jim Dekowny. Executive Director of the Foundation says purchasing the van was a team effort and mentions two key players.

“The hero’s in the community right now are Telemiracle and the Plewis Automotive Group. We have a young girl now who can go around. She hasn’t left the house in a year and a half. It’s pretty remarkable to see what just happened. It’s pretty emotional and pretty cool.”

Madison was diagnosed on February 28, 2018, with a rare disease called Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood.

Along with this diagnosis, Madison also deals with other medical issues, such as Microcephaly Spasticity, Strokes, Abnormal Detention, Chronic Pain, Constipation as well as Brain Atrophy

In a press release sent to Swift Current Online from the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, Cherie Deobald, Madison’s mother said “A wheelchair accessible van would change Madison’s life for the good in so many ways.
I need her to be safe and comfortable but I also want to be able to give her the best life I can,”

Dekowny adds that the plan was always that Telemiracle would pay half and the Plewis Automotive Group found the other half and it’s a remarkable story.

Source: Swift Current Online

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