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RHA Highlights - June

Sun Country Regional Health Authority approved a plan at its June meeting to re-open the emergency department and seven beds in the acute care wing of Redvers Health Centre this fall.

Five of the beds will provide acute care services and two will be designated as multipurpose for convalescence, palliative, respite and transitional use.

CEO Marga Cugnet told the RHA that reinstatement of the services will provide access to emergency and acute care services for local residents and should reduce demand on Moosomin and Oxbow health services as well. Two family doctors have recently begun practicing in Redvers, with the possibility that two others will practice there in the future. 

Members of the Health Authority were advised that the Ministry of Health has approved a plan for improved state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment called computed tomography (CT) in the Region. The CT scan will be located in St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan and open in 2015.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation has committed to raise $2 million for the cost of the equipment, for renovations to the hospital and some start-up costs. The Ministry of Health will fund the more than $1 million annual operating cost. 

The Ministry says demand for MRIs has almost doubled in Saskatchewan over the past six years, and it is providing 22 per cent more CT scans. It has been working to increase service capacity in southern Saskatchewan. The health system is responding to that demand, with an additional MRI in Regina and another one coming in Moose Jaw. Adding CT services in Estevan helps meet increased demand while ensuring this important service can be accessed closer to where people live.

In other matters, members of the Regional Health Authority learned:

  • All health services in Radville, including long term care residents, will move into the new integrated Radville Marian Health Centre the week of July 7-11. Some services will be temporarily unavailable during the move. Alternate arrangements are being made to handle emergencies during this time.
  • All three of the nurse call systems that were identified for replacement under the Urgent Issues Action Fund have been installed in Bengough Health Centre, New Hope Lodge in Stoughton, Wawota Health Centre. Staff members are pleased with the new system and the smooth installation process. 
  • A door security system has been installed into House No. 9 at Tatagwa View, Weyburn. With an increased number of residents being admitted with some form of dementia and wandering, an additional security, locked unit was required. 
  • Registered nurse staffing at the Kipling Memorial Health Centre remains a challenge. There are a number of temporary postings, however no applicants.  As a result a contract nurse will be hired for the summer to ensure adequate coverage.  
  • A Nurse Practitioner, Colleen Luterbach, has joined the staff of the Weyburn Primary Health Care team.  
  • Dr Ali- Khafaji has started practicing in Carlyle and Dr. Wemi Jayeoba has begun to practice in Kipling.
  • The following are new hires into “difficult-to-fill” positions from May 17 to June 16, 2014: one Nurse Practitioner,  one Grad Nurse, two Registered Nurses, one Advanced Care Paramedic  - ACP, one Cook, six doctors.
  • Three bursaries were awarded in May, 2014 to one medical resident, and two nursing students.

The next public meeting of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority will be held September 24, 2014 in Tatagwa View in Weyburn.

 Posted June 27.  

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