A $250,000 donation to the North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation is helping fund upgrades to minimally invasive surgery at the hospital.
The Seguin family made the donation in honour of husband and father John Seguin, a local construction company owner, who passed away in 2001.
The Nuclear Medicine Department at the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) has been named after him.
“Our donation was inspired by the care our family has received throughout our lives at our hospital and more recently from the surgical team. It is what motivated us to support the minimally invasive surgery upgrade,” shared Don Seguin, local businessman and owner of Tight Line Construction. “It is important to our family that we celebrate the life of our father, John, and the legacy that he has left our family and community. Our mom and dad gave us the best life they could and this is our way of thanking them.”
Hospital officials are grateful for the donation.
“Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is performed using small incisions and few stitches. A laparoscope (thin, tube-like instrument with a light and a lens for viewing) is inserted to guide the surgery. Our new system will support 4k imaging, which is best practice for surgical interventions,” says Dr. Jonathan Pace, Chief of Surgery and Head of Urology. “The upgrade is expected to occur in 2024.”
The foundation says medical equipment purchases are made possible through a partnership between the government, hospital and our community.