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Highlights of the Regional Health Authority meeting

Members of Sun Country Regional Health Authority (SCRHA) approved the title Kipling Integrated Health Centre as the official name of the new Kipling health facility, at their regular meeting December 1, 2014 in Weyburn.

Long term care residents of Willowdale Lodge in Kipling, acute care patients at the Kipling Memorial Health Centre and some health services will move into the new facility on December 9.  This one facility will be the new home to long term care patients, acute care patients, lab and x-ray services, ambulance and physiotherapy services. Home care and mental health/addiction services will remain in the old health centre for the time being.

In other business, SCRHA members learned:

-         That three of the four hoshins (improvement projects) undertaken in Sun Country Health Region this year are on target.  The three projects are Stop the Harm to encourage staff and patients to identify unsafe situations; Developing Leaders, to help develop leadership abilities in staff; and Timely access to a health care team, a pilot project in Weyburn General Hospital to reduce inappropriate use of the emergency department. A plan to get the fourth hoshin, which is to see a 25 per cent reduction in staff injuries, back on track has been created by the new Vice President of Human Resources, Chris Cecchini.

-         Recruitment of Registered Nurses continues, with the goal of re-opening acute care services at Redvers Health Centre.

-         The Lymphedema Program in the Region has no wait list. Patients are being seen in both Weyburn and Estevan.

-         There has been a 50 per cent improvement in the number of patients connected to primary health teams in the Region, thus reducing the number of people turning to hospital emergency departments for their health care.

-         Three medical students receiving bursaries from SCHR will graduate in 2015. One will practice in Weyburn, one in Oxbow/Estevan and another has yet to determine a location.

-         Six staff members will be sent from the Region to provincial training for the proper donning and doffing of personal protective equipment. Those staff will, in turn, train other regional staff members.

-         About 84 per cent of staff members in the Region have received influenza immunization this year. Along with all other health regions in the province, SCHR has adopted an Immunize or Mask policy for staff members, which went into effect on December 1. All staff members who choose not to be immunized will be required to wear a mask at work during flu season. 

-         At the same time, over 14,000 members of the public have been immunized. Visitors to SCHR facilities who have not been immunized are being asked to also wear masks during their visit.

The next SCRHA meeting will be held January 28, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in Tatagwa View, Weyburn. The public is invited.

Posted December 3

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