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Health Authority meets with municipal officials

Members of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority, the governing body of Sun Country Health Region, met with elected municipal officials from the communities around Ogema, Weyburn, Kenosee Lake and Estevan during mid April to discuss health care issues. 

The meetings are the first in a series this month of the new Community Leadership Networks established by the Region to create formal links between Sun Country Regional Health Authority (SCRHA) and the municipalities. All elected officials from the villages, towns and rural municipalities in the Region were invited to attend the meetings.

“We want to be sure there is a clear line of communication on health issues in this Region,” says SCRHA chair Sharon Bauche. “We are hoping these officials will go back to their communities and continue our discussions with the public.” 

SCHR plans to hold meetings of the Community Leadership Network twice a year, in spring and fall.

This first set of meetings included a presentation on the expansion of the Primary Health program to a wider area in the Region. Primary Health is a team-based approach to the provision of health care services.

Members of the Primary Health Team may include the residents of the area, doctors, a nurse practitioner, dietitian, facility managers, pharmacists, home care staff, ambulance services, mental health, therapy services, laboratory, and health centre staff all working together to provide the right care at the right time by the most appropriate health provider.

Before a Primary Health Team is established in any community, residents are encouraged to determine what kind of health services are needed. Primary health care can look different from one community to another because people have different requirements for meeting their health care needs.  

The Ministry of Health has chosen expansion of Primary Health as one of its main priorities for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

“We think this first set of meetings have been a useful means of providing more information to the public and we’re grateful for the numbers of officials who attended,” says Mrs. Bauche.

“We look forward to the creation of strong ties with the communities within our boundaries,” she says.


Posted April 16.  






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