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Region to operate Kipling Primary Health Clinic

At the request of the Kipling District Health Foundation, Sun Country Health Region will accept responsibility for operating the Kipling Primary Health Clinic, as of Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

“We are grateful to the Foundation for managing the clinic for many years,” says Marga Cugnet, CEO of Sun Country Health Region.

“We certainly understand the request, given the foundation’s fundraising responsibilities for the new integrated health facility and the ongoing partnership for recruiting doctors.

With the transition to a primary health clinic, it makes sense for the Region to oversee its operations.”

The clinic will change its name to the Kipling Primary Health Clinic. The telephone number at 306-736-2559 will remain the same.

As part of the transition to the Region, the clinic is required to hire staff under the CUPE, SUN and HSAS unions. This involves the posting of all positions, with the most senior qualified staff hired for each position. Current staff members were encouraged to apply and were considered as well as the qualified candidates with the most seniority.

The staffing model used at Kipling Primary Health Centre will be the same as that used in all other primary health sites in the Region.  

Nurse Practitioner Jeannie Daku will continue to work out of the clinic. Dr. Chimwe Joy Osondu is the resident doctor, although currently away. Dr. Jamshid Khak will join the primary health care team sometime in May. A third doctor is expected to complete the provincial SIPPA process in September and join the team.

Locum services have been in place for Kipling over the past year and will support the clinic until all three doctors are on site.

“Discussions with the Foundation for us to manage the clinic have been successful and patients should see few changes as a result of the change in operations,” says Mrs. Cugnet.

“Both the Region and the Foundation are interested in the same end result, that is, providing sustainable, high quality care for the people of Kipling and area.”

“We continue to work with the Foundation on this and other projects.”

 Posted April 14 

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