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RHA Highlights - June

At its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 24, Sun Country Regional Health Authority (SCRHA) announced the purchase of a CT scanner for the Region from General Electric.

GE will oversee renovations at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan where the new service and equipment will be located. St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation has pledged to pay for the $1.2 million cost of the CT scanner and the renovations. Sun Country Health Region will pay for the ongoing, daily operation of the service.

The service is expected to be available to the public by October.

SCRHA also approved an expenditure of $880,000 for a new cooling system for St. Joseph’s Hospital. The system will help maintain appropriate temperatures for the patients in 53 acute care beds and the residents of 38 long term care beds, as well as staff members and visitors.  

SCRHA also approved the expenditure of $1 million for a sprinkler system for Sunset Haven long term care facility in Carnduff.  Borderline Housing, which operates the affiliate long term care centre, also offers 18 assisted living and 29 self-contained suites. The project first required the Town of Carnduff to upgrade its domestic water capacity to accommodate the demands of a fire sprinkling system.

SCRHA learned that the number of workplace injuries among health region staff members dropped during May, compared to May of 2014.

At the end of May, 12 claims were accepted by Workers’ Compensation Board, compared to 15 at the same time last year. The target for the 2015-16 fiscal year is no more than 73 claims.

Sun Country Health Region has adopted several new processes and added staff training in an effort to substantially reduce the number of workplace injuries. Right now, the focus is on reducing injuries from transferring or lifting residents and patients, and from slips, trips and falls.

The Human Resources Department has also organized ergonomic training for one staff member who will then help to reduce ergonomic-related claims.

The Health Authority also learned that:

-          Demolition of the old Radville Marian Health Centre began June 16. The contractor, Silverado Inc. of Saskatoon, has measures in place to keep dust to a minimum and all workers on site will follow provincial OH&S regulations, with a daily inspection by a consultant on contract to SCHR. 

-          Arcola Health Centre has achieved over 800 injury-free days.  

-          Hand hygiene training for staff continues, with over 636 of the 2,471 region’s staff trained in a specific World Health Organization (WHO) hand-washing technique.  WHO says healthcare-associated infections usually occur when germs are transferred by health-care providers’ hands touching the patient. Of every 100 hospitalized patients, at least seven in high-income and 10 in low-/middle-income countries will acquire a healthcare-associated infection. Among critically ill and vulnerable patients in intensive care units, that figure rises to around 30 per 100.

-          Training in a new Gentle Persuasion approach to caring for residents of long term care centres, especially those with cognitive disabilities, continues in several long term care centres, with a schedule in place to enable training in all long term care facilities.

-          Plans are continuing to re-open the acute care wing at Redvers Health Centre this summer.

-          A Healthy Balance workshop for elderly people living in the community was presented in Weyburn during May with 34 participants from the local community learning how to better protect themselves from falls in their homes.

-          The Acquired Brain Injury Program in Sun Country Health Region will hold programs to educate people on the safe use of medical scooters in several communities this summer.

-          Three Live Well workshops to help people cope with chronic diseases were held in the months of May through June in Weyburn, Estevan and White Bear with 14 participants in attendance. Three more workshops are planned for September and October, 2015.

-          Dr. Janessa Grosenick has accepted a position at the Weyburn Primary Health Care Clinic, to begin September 2015 and Dr. Bradley McIntyre has accepted a position with Redvers for one year.  

-          The Population Health department is working with the University of Regina research team on a unique community garden concept located in Estevan. “It Takes a Village...Growing Together for Promoting Healthy Aging in Place,” is a research project funded by the Fullbright Canada-RBC Eco-Leadership Program. The research is a partnership between Fulbright and the University of Regina’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, with support from SCHR. This age-friendly community garden has been created in Estevan in collaboration with the Sun Country Health Region and a number of community partners.

-          An interpretation/ translation program will be available as of June in all SCHR facilities to provide support for staff and to families and patients requiring alternative language services. The Cantalk program is a proven effective program to meet translation needs and has been used in Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region successfully.

-          The flooring at the main entrance in Weyburn General Hospital is being evaluated for replacement.

 -          The next public meeting of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29 in Conference Room 1, Tatagwa View, Weyburn. The public is invited to attend.

 Posted June 26.  

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