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Sun Country Regional Health Authority meets with public

Members of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority held four sessions of its Community Leadership Network during April. All local municipal officials and the public were invited to discuss health care concerns at the meetings in Bengough, Estevan, Weyburn and Carlyle.

This is the second year for meetings between the local health authority, which is responsible for governing Sun Country Health Region, and elected municipal officials within the Region’s boundaries.

Sessions of the Community Leadership Network are planned for twice a year.

The discussion at the meetings centred on the Region’s nine improvement projects for the new fiscal year of 2013-14. This year, the Region will focus on infection control, care for residents with dementia, hand hygiene, preparing a healthy weights plan, injury reduction for staff and patients/clients/residents, care with distributing medication, recruitment and retention of doctors, a stroke strategy, and creating a work place in which staff can stop work when they see an error.

Information was also provided about on the types of mental health services available, including adult mental health, psychiatry, rehabilitation services, mental health inpatient care and addiction services.

A discussion followed about the stigma surrounding mental health and opportunities for communities to be supportive. Changing population dynamics and the impact of substance abuse and misuse were also discussed.

“We are very pleased once again to be meeting with local officials and interested members of the public,” says Marilyn Charlton, Chair of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority.  

“We found last year’s sessions to be interesting and informative. Both the health authority members and the municipal officials learned something.”

Mrs. Charlton added that the decision to open the meetings to the public this year will give the health authority members an even better understanding of the issues important to each of the communities.

“These meetings provide us with another opportunity for the public to talk directly to us,” she says.  

Posted April 18

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