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Primary Health Care Team achieving success

Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) is celebrating the accomplishments of the Rural West Primary Health Care Team, which now provides a range of health services to people in the Bengough, Pangman and Radville areas.

The Rural West Primary Health Care Team serves most of the communities west of Weyburn in SCHR.

The team’s goal is to provide quality, accessible and timely health care through a co-ordinated, interdisciplinary team that tailors services to the client’s needs.

A strong core team is working together and has held community consultations to improve the quality of care provided. The team is one of only 13 in Saskatchewan that has implemented an electronic health record.

“Our government is committed to providing the every day health services people need to protect and maintain their health,” Environment Minister and Weyburn-Big Muddy MLA Dustin Duncan said, on behalf of Health Minister Don McMorris.

“This team is an excellent example of how collaboration between health professionals and effective use of technology benefits patients.”

The Primary Health Care Team members include patients, physician, pharmacist, health centre staff, EMS, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, dietitian, home care staff, public health nurses and mental health and addictions staff. A nurse practitioner will join the team in June 2011.

“Being a part of this team has enhanced my personal satisfaction and enhanced patient care. Team-based care improves the quality of life for providers and patients alike,” says Dr. Werner Oberholzer.

The Rural West Primary Health Care Team is the first team in Sun Country Health Region to establish an electronic patient record.

An electronic patient record means improved patient care, greater efficiency, and more informed decision making at the point of care. 

Among other benefits, it ensures health providers have the information they need, helps avoid repeat tests and keeps track of medications.

“Our Rural West Primary Health Care Team just got stronger as a result of this new electronic tool,” says Marga Cugnet, Interim CEO of Sun Country Health Region.

 “Care providers have the ability to make better health care decisions when all the relevant health information is available to the whole team.”

Electronic health records are especially important for primary health care in rural areas where all of the members of a health care provider team travel back and forth between several communities,” she says.

The team is also participating in a research project called Interprofessional Collaborative Practice & Learning Environments.

“The team was selected to participate in this research project. Through the research the team is exploring the effects of collaborative practice on team functioning, student experiences, community involvement and improvements in client care,” says Leila McClarty, Facility Manager for Pangman and Bengough Health Centres.


Posted March 17 





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