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Board Notes

Sun Country Regional Health Authority (the Board) learned at its regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 29 that Regina specialist, Dr. J.R. Fritz (Ear, Nose and Throat) will begin holding clinics the first week of October at Weyburn General Hospital.

Dr. Fritz plans to provide surgical services in subsequent months.

Interim CEO Marga Cugnet told the Regional Health Authority (RHA) “we will be training   local staff to perform audiology screening for him while he has his clinics.” She said local  operating room staff members are pleased with the prospect of assisting in more surgeries.

The new service is consistent with Sun Country Health Region’s (SCHR) goal to ensure patient/client/resident access to quality health services through an integrated coordinated and collaborative care model.

“We are always trying to ensure that people have timely access to evidence-based and quality health services and supports,” says Mrs. Cugnet.

Consistent with SCHR’s mandate to increase access to primary health care by planning and educating how these services are organized, funded and delivered, the Interim CEO noted that Primary Care Services have been expanded in several areas in SCHR.

“The Arcola Health Care Corporation is providing physician services to Stoughton two days per week and to Lampman one day per week. The communities are happy with the arrangements to date,” she said.

Since the Arcola/Carlyle area now has four physicians, one nurse practitioner has returned to providing services to Lampman and Midale.

Two new physicians, Dr. Lettie Kgobisa and Dr. Milly Hlatshwayo, have arrived in Redvers. Clinics commenced in the summer and final arrangements are being made for the second physician to complete her requirements in a group practice and the CAPE Exam.

Two new developments occurred this summer to enhance emergency medical services in SCHR.

A newly purchased ambulance for Carnduff and area, to replace one that was destroyed in an accident with a moose and subsequent fire last year, arrived during September. The local community has been working to raise donations towards the purchase of the unit.

An EMS radio replacement project for all ambulances within the Region was also completed this past summer.

“Some of the “bugs” are being worked out, but staff members have accepted the new system readily,” says Mrs. Cugnet.  

The RHA learned that while injuries from falls have been identified as a major cause of hospital admissions due to injury in Saskatchewan, SCHR is working with Safe Saskatchewan and other provincial stakeholders to establish a Fall Prevention Program.

The program is designed to increase the awareness, knowledge and capacity of health professionals to identify seniors at risk for falling. Over 75 per cent of Home Care staff in the Region has been trained in a process called TUGs, which establishes a test for seniors to determine their risk of falling.

“We regularly review best practices to help us nurture a culture of patient/resident/client safety,” says Mrs. Cugnet.

Sun Country Health Region is being featured in the December issue of Health Care Quarterly Journal. The piece will focus on SCHR’s approach to building capability for quality improvement among our staff and leaders. Three SCHR staff members who have participated in the Quality Improvement Consultant Program will be interviewed.

Mrs. Cugnet told the RHA that some members of the Authority and management were pleased to attend the kick-off event at Weyburn General Hospital this summer for the Releasing Time to Care (RTC) program.

Implementation is proceeding at WGH. Staff members have developed a new vision for their ward and are starting work on what is called, the Well Organized Ward (WOW) module to identify wasted time and methods that need to be changed to release time for patient care.

St. Joseph’s Hospital in Estevan will be the next acute care ward.

The Mental Health In-patient Unit at Tatagwa View will be the first program in SCHR to join the RTC program in January. 

Posted Oct. 8

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