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Sun Country releases annual report

Sun Country Regional Health Authority has released its annual report for 2004-05. The report outlines the region's financial statement and program milestones during its third year of existence.

"The RHA is proud to report that for the third straight year the Sun Country Health Region has achieved a balanced budget and sustained current levels of programs and services for our clients," said Chief Executive Officer Lee Spencer.

The year saw the opening of Tatagwa View, a new long-term care facility and regional office in Weyburn; creation of a catalogue of services document to assist with future capital planning; and development of four priorities for health promotion.

"Demands for capital dollars will continue to be stressed in the region in the years to come," said Mr. Spencer.

The report shows a population of 54,000 in the region, 5.3 per cent of the total provincial population.

Statistics gathered for the report show the Sun Country population is older than the provincial average, especially among women, and continues to age. About 20 per cent of residents are over 65, compared to the provincial average of 16 per cent.

The report also shows the population of the region has been decreasing, at a rate of 6.6 per cent between 1996 and 2001, with an expectation the trend will accelerate in the future. The provincial population decreased by 1.1 per cent during that same period.

The annual report indicates tobacco use is almost the same in Sun Country as in the rest of the province at about 23 per cent of the population.

In 2003, the report says, 53 per cent of the population over 12 years of age was considered to be physically inactive. That number explains, in part, the higher regional overweight/obesity rates, the report says.
For more information, please call CEO Lee Spencer 842-8737.

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