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RHA Highlights- January meeting

At its regular monthly meeting in January, Sun Country Regional Health Authority approved the first increase to the cost of ambulance fees since 2006.

Rates will go up in Sun Country Health Region as of April 1, 2011.

Ambulance operators will increase their pick up fee by $25, to $245 per call. In addition to the basic fee, the per kilometer rate will increase by 10 cents, to $2.30 per kilometer.

There will be no increase to the current waiting time fee of $100 per hour. Senior’s costs will continue to be subsidized through the Senior Citizens' Ambulance Assistance Program (SCAAP). Fees for seniors aged 65 and over will continue to be capped at $250 per ambulance trip

Those with lower income will have costs subsidized through the Supplementary Health Benefits program and the Family Health Benefits program, which covers children who require emergency transport.

In other matters, the Regional Health Authority (RHA) were told that:

-         Primary Health Services in Carlyle will continue with one full time physician and one quarter time physician. SCHR has renewed a three year contract with the full time physician.

-         As per SCHR’s mandate to respond to the Patient First Review, staff education continues in order to boost customer satisfaction. The orientation package includes clear service delivery expectations and regional targets for improved customer engagement and satisfaction.

-         Visitors to Weyburn General Hospital’s Emergency Department will be asked to participate in a provincial patient satisfaction survey this winter.

-         The Minister of Health will attend the opening of the Rural West Primary Health Care Team at Bengough Health Centre on March 18.

-         The number of Releasing Time to Care teams is increasing in SCHR. There are now three teams operating, in Weyburn General Hospital, the Inpatient Mental Health Unit, and at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Estevan.

-         The 2010-11 seasonal influenza campaign has already exceeded the number of people immunized in 2009-10. Flu shots are available from public health departments in SCHR until the end of March.

-         The Autism Spectrum Disorder program will receive $10,000/year for three years as part of the Ministry of Health’s enhancement initiative. SCHR is also negotiating with Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region for additional funding to enhance current services to clients.

-         As part of its mandate to assure a healthy, safe workplace, SCHR has submitted a plan to the Ministry of Health to address immediate air quality safety assurance involving carbon monoxide gas in regional facilities. Monitors will be installed in any facility housing patients, residents, visitors and staff.

-         A new Community Health Services Manager began at Coronach Health Centre in the new year. Dawn Gold replaces Barb Tomilin, who retired.

-         New long term care facilities in Radville and Redvers are in the detailed design stages. Meetings are being held with local staff regarding details in the design of the rooms and the flow of operations for each department. Space allocation relating to the services and functions to be provided in a new building are being reviewed for a new integrated facility in Kipling. 





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