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Board Notes/ October

Sun Country Regional Health Authority (SCRHA) held its regular monthly meeting on Wed. Oct 27.

SCRHA approved ratification of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) salary agreement with SAHO (Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations). The agreement covers the earning period April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2012 for CUPE employees in Sun Country Health Region (SCHR).

-         Members of SCRHA also learned that CEO Marga Cugnet and RHA chair Sharon Bauche attended a workshop to help further the goal of providing more patient and family-centred care in facilities and from programs. Information was provided at the province-wide workshop that said that within the health system a “quality chasm” exists, resulting in a lack of safety, quality, timeliness, transparency and equity for patients/clients/residents. One of the goals of SCHR is to ensure that employees are focused on providing exceptional care that is consistent with customer expectations.

-         SCRHA was told that Wanda Miller, Primary Health Care Team Facilitator for the Region, has been invited to participate on a provincial team examining Primary Health Services in Saskatchewan.

-         Sun Country Health Region is working with the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan to provide an education series on Telehealth to the public on Alzheimer Disease. Dates and locations are available on the Telehealth Calendar on the Region’s website at www.suncountry.sk.ca   This cooperation is consistent with SCHR’s mandate to enhance primary health and chronic disease management programs.

-         Interim CEO Marga Cugnet advised SCRHA the Region is encouraging the public to benefit from the seasonal influenza vaccination available - at no charge - from public health nurses in most communities this fall. A full schedule of those flu clinics is available on the website at www.suncountry.sk.ca  This schedule is consistent with SCHR’s goal to promote healthy environments, allowing residents of SCHR to live healthy lifestyles.

-         Sun Country Health Region has exceeded the provincial targets for reducing the number of premium wages paid to staff, the number of WCB (Workers’ Compensation Board) claims, and the number of lost work days as a result of WCB claims for injuries. In the case of the number of WCB claims, the province wanted reductions of five per cent in 2010. SCHR saw a larger reduction than five per cent in the first quarter of 2010 and is on track to maintain that to the end of the year.

-         The new regional manager of Risk Management and Emergency Preparedness, Frank van der Breggen, is working on a comprehensive Region-wide risk assessment plan. SCHR experienced four significant weather-related or technology-related emergencies in the past year.

-         SCHR hired two new registered nurses, one combined lab/xray technician, one social worker and three new managers since the last RHA meeting.

-         SCHR has issued 48 student bursaries this year. Included are 39 registered nursing students, one registered psychiatric nursing student, four licensed practical nurse students, three physical therapy students, one medical lab technologist student. Bursaries are issued to students in exchange for a return-to-work agreement.  

-         In an effort to develop and welcome diversity in the work force, about 78 per cent of staff has taken the Aboriginal Awareness Program. Over four per cent of the SCHR staff declares themselves to be First Nations or Metis.

-         Sun Country Health Region has implemented a Pre-Health Professions Club in Saskatchewan. This initiative partners with educators to provide 24 hours of mentoring in a health profession for interested Grade 11 students. SCHR will have two students in the program this fall who are interested in nursing.

-         Interim CEO Marga Cugnet announced that Murray Goeres, formerly Vice President of Rural Facilities, will become Interim Vice President of Health Facilities. Interim Vice President of Finance and Corporate Services Pam Haupstein has appointed Vanessa Marcotte as the Interim Regional Director of Finance.

-         The next meeting of the SCRHA will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Tatagwa View, Weyburn. The public is invited to attend.

 

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