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June 2024 Donations for PMH

Tigers Fight Cancer

The Neepawa Tigers of the Westman High School Hockey League were on hand at the Neepawa Health Centre June 10 to make a generous contribution to the hospital’s chemotherapy unit. The team, through NACI hockey, raised funds from their annual “Tigers Fight Cancer Campaign’ in January that went towards the purchase of a new wheelchair, neck pillows to give to patients, thermometers, $5-dollar gift cards for either Tim Hortons or Dairy Queen to give to patients, and a Co-op gift card to purchase items not available from the hospital kitchen (coffee K-cups, ginger ale etc.). Katy Rainnie, Cancer Care Nurse at Neepawa Health Centre accepted the donation. Prairie Mountain Health and Neepawa Health Centre staff sincerely appreciate the generous donation from the NACI hockey team. Thank you to all who assisted in making this contribution possible, which will greatly benefit patients at Neepawa Health Centre.

Rossburn Health Centre & PCH Grateful to Lions Club

The Rossburn Health Centre & PCH are very grateful to the Rossburn Lions Club for their generous donation towards the purchase of bedding plants and flowers for the Residents to enjoy.  The courtyard is looking much more colourful these days! Your donation is greatly appreciated.

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National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, 2024

With the arrival of June 21 comes the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

Annually, June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples’ Day (NIPD).

Indigenous people acknowledge the teachings of the four seasons by their representation on the medicine wheel. Summer is a time of growth and warmth. NIPD provides the experience to grow in awareness and understanding and build relationships as people come together to celebrate the culture of Indigenous people.

Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) acknowledges the history, heritage, traditions and experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples within our health region.

Prairie Mountain Health provides health services on the original lands of Treaty 1, 2 & 4, territories of the Dakota, Ojibway and Cree people and the Red River Métis. We acknowledge the traditional territories and treaties that confirm recognition and respect for the Indigenous populations – past and present.

PMH encourages all who deliver health services on the original lands of First Nations people and on the homeland of Métis citizens to recognize the ongoing obligation to provide culturally safe health care. As an organization, we will continue to embrace the distinct cultural knowledge, practices and traditions of Indigenous Peoples and continue efforts to strengthen relationships with the Indigenous communities and peoples who we serve.

Watch social media for announcements and information on this year’s coming events in Brandon.

For NIPD events near your area, contact your local First Nation or Métis community. 

If you are holding events in the PMH region, please share information by emailing the details to [email protected]

For more information on NIPD, check out the Government of Canada’s link About National Indigenous Peoples Day (


A list of NIPD activities taking place in Br


A list of NIPD activities taking place in Dauphin.

Swan River

A list of NIPD activities taking place in Swan River.
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Medical students participate in “Rural Week” within PMH

Preceptor Dr. Gupta (centre) with students in Brandon

A full slate of first-year medical students from the University of Manitoba’s (U of M) Max Rady College of Medicine (Rady Faculty of Health Sciences) participated in ‘Rural Week’ within Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) region May 26 – May 31st.

Rural Week— coordinated annually by the Department of Family Medicine, Shared Health (Manitoba Healthcare Providers Network) and rural regional health authorities —provides medical students with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of how rural and northern Manitoba medical practices function.  It also promotes the many benefits of working and living in a rural/northern Manitoba area.

This year, 38 medical students were assigned to 13 PMH communities, which included Brandon, Dauphin, Deloraine, Grandview, Hamiota, Neepawa, Roblin, Russell, Souris, Ste. Rose, Treherne, Virden and Winnipegosis.

Preceptor Dr. Yaworski (left) with students in Brandon

Students participated in a variety of rural physician practices, and in most cases, tagged along with a ‘doc’ to see how their patient days unfolded. As part of their visits, students also received assignments that saw them explore communities on their own.

PMH Regional Lead of Medical Services, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Adrian Fung added: “Rural week is an exciting time, as it allows us as a region to highlight our communities, staff, and facilities to the medical students, while also giving the students a chance to see how rewarding and fulfilling rural practice is!”

PMH sincerely appreciated the efforts of all of the physician preceptors, health-care professionals and community volunteers that helped to ensure Rural Week was once again a success.

Preceptor Dr. Alison Carleton with student in Winnipegosis

Rural Week, as part of the U of M medical 1 curriculum, first started as an optional experience in 2003 and was approved as a mandatory component the following year.

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Pride Month 2024

PMH is proud to celebrate #Pride & the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community.

Celebrations in Our Region

  • Brandon Pride is celebrating during the week of June 9-15. Visit their Facebook page at Brandon Pride.
  • Dauphin’s Pride Parade will take place on Saturday, June 1, followed by a ‘Party in the Park’. Visit the Northwest Metis Council Facebook page for more info.
  • Squirrel Hills Trail Park, Minnedosa – Saturday, June 22. Visit their Facebook page at Valley Life Recreation for more information.
  • Pride Winnipegosis is celebrating on Saturday June 8. Visit their Facebook page at Pride Winnipegosis.
  • Pride Winnipeg is hosting events and activities from May 24 – June 2. Visit for more info.

If you are hosting an event in your community, please share those details by emailing [email protected], and we would be happy to share that information on our website and on our social media channels.

Support Services

Visit our Transgender Health webpage for information on services available to you within Prairie Mountain Health.

Read stories from members of 2SLGBTQQIA+ and allies within Manitoba’s health care community.

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Smilezones installed within Dauphin Regional Health Centre

Patients, families, visitors and staff at Dauphin Regional Health Centre (DRHC) have reason to smile. In fact, there are four reasons, following the grand opening June 14 of new Smilezones within the second-largest hospital in Prairie Mountain Health region.

Prairie Mountain Health (PMH), in collaboration with Smilezone Foundation and sponsor Dauphin Tim Hortons, officially opened four new Smilezones within the hospital’s lab and imaging waiting area, Emergency Department (two decorated rooms) and the Palliative Care family room. The bright, calming and inspiring Smilezones include murals, child-friendly sensory development materials, and new media entertainment systems meant to enhance the facility’s person-and family-centred care.

Prairie Mountain Health CEO Treena Slate says this friendly hospital facelift can help ease stressful experiences for children, parents, and families and also boost morale for staff.

“Smiling is contagious and can act as free therapy simultaneously! We are very pleased that hospital patients, visitors, and our staff are now greeted with beautiful nature-themed murals and child-friendly options in easily identifiable areas of the facility. We are exceptionally grateful to the donor families from Tim Hortons and the Smilezone Foundation who approached us with the idea and coordinated work that allowed this extra-special project to come to fruition,” Slate stated.

“Smilezone Foundation is thrilled to be a part of this renovation at Dauphin Regional Health Centre, marking our second project in Manitoba,” said Scott Bachly, Smilezone Foundation Co-Founder. “These enhancements bring joy to children and families during their hospital visits, and seeing their smiles is the greatest reward for our efforts. We thank Dauphin Tim Hortons and the Crisanti and Pardy Families for their generous support and dedication to our mission of making tough days a little brighter for kids receiving treatment.”

“The Crisanti and Pardy families are honoured and sincerely grateful to have the opportunity to work with the amazing team at Smilezone and staff at Prairie Mountain Health and we are delighted that the Smilezones have garnered many positive and uplifting comments already,” said Greg Crisanti.  Along with the many local sponsors, community supporters and area residents that contributed to the Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign earlier this spring, we could not be more thrilled with how everything turned out!”

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Recognizing one year anniversary of Carberry Tragedy

PMH would like to acknowledge the tragic bus crash that occurred by Carberry on June 15, 2023, the ongoing healing that has occurred, and is still occurring. Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to the victims, their families, and the entire communities affected by this devastating event. 

If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, or needing to connect with supports at this time, do not hesitate to call PMH Crisis Services at 1-888-379-7699.

A Ceremonial Tribute in Remembrance will be held on June 15, 2024 at 2pm in Dauphin at:
CN Park
15-1st Avenue NW
Dauphin, MB

The Dauphin Active Living Centre invites you to join them after the ceremony for a Memorial Tea from 2:30pm to 4pm at 55- 1st Ave. SE

More information can be found on the 730ckdm community calendar.

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May 2024 Donations for PMH

Pictured from left to right are Toni Schwarz, health care aide/ward clerk, Shelley Tokarchuk, registered nurse, Dr. Trina Mathison and Dauphin Hospital Foundation Board Chair Greg Thompson.

New treatment chairs for DRHC Cancer Care Unit

The recently renovated cancer care unit on the main floor of the Dauphin Regional Health Centre received some needed equipment thanks to the Dauphin Hospital Foundation. Two heated Inverness recliner chairs, at a total cost of nearly $16-thousand, were purchased for the Unit. Patients have indicated the chairs are very comfortable and that having a side table on the chair allows them to hold items in place while they receive treatment.

Prairie Mountain Health and the Dauphin Regional Health Centre thank the Foundation for their generosity.

Russell Tim Hortons donates to Expanding Community Cancer Care

The people of Russell Tim Hortons are fantastic at showing everyone what good hearted Canadians are all about. Every year since 2017, their Russell staff and a number of volunteers and Expanding Community Cancer Care (ECCC) committee members have worked together to produce and distribute thousands of Smile Cookies in aid of the cancer care building expansion project.

This years group of (l-r): Ryan Ambion – TH Supervisor, Eric Dizon, Rheallyne Dizon – TH Supervisor, Jun Mae Ogawa – TH Manager, Andrea Glasman representing the ECCC committee, Alison Stanchuk who has graciously volunteered as the Cookie Crew organizer for the last three years getting the volunteers set up and going at 6 a.m. and putting those smiles on thousands of cookies, Johann Ligot, Mark Penafiel – TH Supervisor and Leanne Bily, HR Director all gathered to present the Smile Cookie cheque for $18,990.00. Over the years, the Smile Cookie campaign has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the ECCC project. Thank you to all who decorated, sold, delivered or bought cookies!

-with files and picture courtesy of the Russell Banner

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BRHC Traffic Loop & Main Entrance Three Month Closure from June 6 to August 31

Brandon Regional Health Centre (BRHC) expansion project continues. This stage of the project will require an extended closure of the traffic loop and main entrance.

The BRHC main entrance and traffic loop closure will start June 6 and will last approximately three months but may be adjusted. There will be no access in or out of the BRHC main entrance during this closure. There will be no traffic access to the Traffic Loop and no street parking at meters on the south half of Russell Street during the closure.

Please note the following entrance changes:

  • Temporary Main Entrance – Use the Assiniboine Centre Entrance (outpatient services such as x-ray, lab, ultrasound, etc.) & general visitors from 6 am – 8 pm daily. To access the entrance follow the sidewalk along the construction zone from the parking lot to the entrance. Do not attempt to access the closed street.
  • Patients being picked up after a procedure (i.e. endoscopy, surgery, etc) can use the Emergency Department (ED) ramp for pick up. Please use the staff doors, NOT the ED doors to enter BRHC. This ramp is not to be used for any extended waiting or parking. If you are able to walk we ask you to please use the Assiniboine Centre doors when arriving for your procedure.
  • Dialysis patients who are dropped off and picked up, including those brought by a Handivan or Medical Transport van, can use the laneway entrance off Frederick Street.
    Patients who drive themselves can park in the main front lot and come through the Assiniboine Centre entrance.

Please refer to the map and watch for signage. Information is subject to change.

Map of what entrance to use at Brandon Regional Health Centre during main entrance and traffice loop closure.
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Dauphin HERO Club celebrates three decades of program support

PMH CEO Treena Slate congratulates the Dauphin HERO Club for 30 inspiring years while community representative and former mental health worker Jim Price,  looks on.
PMH CEO Treena Slate congratulates the Dauphin HERO Club for 30 inspiring years while community representative and former mental health worker Jim Price,  looks on.

The Dauphin HERO Club held its 30th year recognition event on May 8. The HERO Club, which started back in 1994 when the Brandon Mental Health Centre downsized and eventually closed, provides a welcoming , supportive and safe space for people recovering from mental health challenges through the PMH Mental Health program.

Hero Club members and staff develop strategies to support recovery by providing opportunities for recreation, education, employment, and friendship.

“Thirty years for the “Helping Everyone Reach Out Club” in Dauphin is quite an accomplishment!” stated PMH CEO Treena Slate. “We know that there are many success stories and a few challenges which have occurred over the last three decades. We know the Club helps members live fruitful and enriched lives with the support of people who understand the struggle. Congratulations on 30 inspiring years and continued success with the program well into the future!”

Prairie Mountain Health provides coordination and other program assistance to the HERO Club through its mental health program. Dauphin was the first of four HERO Club sites established within the health region.  Roblin, Russell and Swan River are the other sites within the region.

HERO Club members and supporters gather to celebrate their recognition event May 8.
HERO Club members and supporters gather to celebrate their recognition event May 8.

The Hero Club model has become a ‘community within a community’, allowing members and the community to provide information to the general public on mental illness, and set the tone that recovery is possible.  Its motto is “A place to go, a place to be, a place to grow, a guarantee!”

The Dauphin HERO Club will always be known for its high-profile and very successful hot dog cart, among many other initiatives. The Hot Dog Cart returns to action twice a week this year. On Fridays, the Cart will be at the Obsolete Brewing Company location from 10:30-1:30. On Tuesdays, the Cart will be in front of the Dauphin Neighborhood Renewal Office (formerly Under One Roof) from 10:30 to 1:30.

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Asparagus is on the Menu

If you’re lucky, you’ve got asparagus perennially popping up in your yard. Asparagus is a perennial plant, meaning it will come back year after year without needing to replant it! It is also one of the first vegetables to start growing in the spring. The most common variety is green asparagus, however there are also purple and white varieties, with each variety having a slightly different flavour. Asparagus is rich in nutrients such as antioxidants, folate, fiber, and vitamins A, B6, C, and K.

Asparagus is available at the grocery store as fresh, frozen, or canned. When buying fresh asparagus, look for odorless asparagus stalks with dry, tight tips while avoiding limp or wilted stalks. Refrigerate fresh asparagus for up to four days by wrapping the ends of the stalks in wet paper towel and storing in a plastic bag. When choosing asparagus for recipes, look for the right size of stalk for the dish. Thicker, larger stalks are good for grilling, steaming, and roasting, while smaller, thinner stalks are better for being mixed into recipes like pasta and risotto dishes.

Asparagus is incredibly versatile and pairs well with fish, beef, shrimp, chicken, and pasta. It is also very tasty added to frittatas, in appetizers, soups, salads, wraps and more!

Here are 10 ways to enjoy asparagus:

  1. Egg-cellent Asparagus. Add steamed pieces of asparagus to an egg white and feta cheese omelet. Finish with halved cherry tomatoes.
  2. Grilled. Place asparagus spears on a medium-high heat grill coated with olive oil spray and cook for about 5-8 minutes until tender, turning occasionally.
  3. Cheese, Crackers & Asparagus. Spread a soft cheese (goat cheese, brie, etc.) on whole wheat crackers and top with a crisp asparagus head. Serve as an appetizer or an afternoon snack.
  4. Hearty Soup. Purée cooked leeks, onions, russet potatoes, asparagus, low-sodium chicken broth, lemon juice, and sour cream until smooth. Garnish soup with asparagus tips.
  5. Drizzle a Little Dressing. Dress up your traditional steamed or boiled asparagus with a mustard vinaigrette dressing.
  6. Steamed. Place fresh or frozen asparagus in a microwave-safe container or in a sauté pan with a small amount of water, low-sodium seasonings, and garlic. Enjoy as a side dish or snack.
  7. Stock Up. Save the woody ends of asparagus for making asparagus soup later. Simply place in a zip lock bag and freeze until ready to use.
  8. Easy Appetizer. Serve asparagus spears with a vibrant dipping sauce for an easy appetizer. Using Greek yogurt as a base, add in lemon juice, minced garlic, roasted red bell pepper … be creative and get dipping!
  9. Veggie Fettuccine. Toss cooked asparagus and bell pepper with cooked fettuccine. Finish with lemon juice and cheese. Recipe Fettuccine with Fresh Vegetables
  10. Shake & Bake! Place fresh asparagus in a plastic zip lock bag, drizzle with olive oil, and add salt, pepper and other seasonings. Shake until asparagus is coated, then bake in oven at 400°F until crisp!
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