PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Women’s Wellness Centre and Colposcopy Clinic at Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace is now better equipped to serve patients from across Northwest BC thanks to a $19,500 Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) investment. 

The Dr. REM Lee Hospital Foundation received the contribution by way of PRPA’s Community Investment Fund to support the purchase of a new OmniScope Hysteroscopy and Fluent Fluid Management System, saving patients from travelling outside the region for critical diagnostic and follow-up treatments.

This new uterine scope and fluid management system is the best available equipment to diagnose and treat uterine polyps, post-menopausal complications, pre-cancers, and cancers. It allows for physicians and nursing staff to carry out a minimally invasive procedure to biopsy and remove cancerous uterine masses and fibroids safely and with precision.

“These tools have significantly improved our ability to serve patients from across the Northwest with various gynecologic conditions, including endometrial pathology and infertility,” said Dr.

Dawid Van Rensburg, Chief of Staff, Mills Memorial Hospital. “Utilizing the Hysteroscopy and Fluent Fluid Management Systems enables us to provide care in a much less invasive fashion and significantly reduces the risk of complications.”

Port investment, new terminals and growing international trade volumes through the corridor continue to contribute to economic, employment and financial health across northern BC. The Prince Rupert Port Authority contributes a significant portion of its net income to community projects that can make ongoing contributions to the quality of life of local residents.

“Over the last decade, the Prince Rupert Port Authority has made over $400,000 in investments towards healthcare projects by way of our Community Investment Fund,” said Shaun Stevenson, President & CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “This project’s ability to secure a higher standard of healthcare for women throughout Northwest BC is something the Prince Rupert Port Authority is proud to support.”

Mills Memorial Hospital provides service to more than 100,000 people, from communities as far west as Haida Gwaii, as far east as Burns Lake and as far north as the Yukon border, including numerous Indigenous communities. According to the BC Cancer Society, an estimated 930 women in British Columbia will be diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2021.

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