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RHA Highlights - June

Highlights of the June 28 meeting

of Sun Country Regional Health Authority

At the regular meeting of Sun Country Regional Health Authority on June 28, members learned that auditors are satisfied with the financial statements of Sun Country Health Region for the fiscal year ended in March.

In a letter to the Authority, the company of Virtus Group in Regina and Saskatoon wrote “We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion.”

“In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Sun Country Regional Health Authority as at March 31, 2011, and its financial performance and its cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles.”

In other matters, members of the Authority learned:

  • Sun Country Health Region staff rose to the occasion during recent flooding events, whether in their own positions or as volunteers within our communities.  Special mention goes to our mental health staff who have provided psychological first aid to residents under tremendous emotional stress, and to maintenance staff who also have been working timelessly to ensure safe operations of health care facilities during states of flooding or with various repairs after violent storms such as in Arcola and Carlyle.  
  • Staffing challenges, particularly in the Coronach area, are still creating issues in maintaining 24/7 coverage for ambulance service. Two new employees have been found to help with this issue in Coronach for the summer.  
  • Three new procedures will be available in Weyburn General Hospital in August. Two obstetrical procedures will be provided by Dr. Amos Akinbiyi, Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Dr. Fritz, Ear/Nose/Throat specialist also will begin surgery in August. 
  • SCHR has one of the lowest rates in the province of people who qualify for a long term care bed waiting in n acute care bed. At March 31, 2011 less than one acute care bed in the Region being used by a person waiting for a long term care bed. Some regions in the province regularly have 10 or more long term care residents waiting in acute care beds. Regina Qu’Appelle and Saskatoon Health Regions had 27 and 34 acute care beds, respectively, used by long term care residents during that same month.  
  • The Region will purchase new endoscopy equipment for both Weyburn General Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan, with partial funding from the Ministry of Health. The Regional Health Authority has approved funding for WGH, with St. Joseph’s funding to be arranged soon.   
  • A program called Understanding the Early Years (UEY) is being introduced to regional health authorities in the South East by Community Health staff. The program helps communities plan to fully meet the needs of children.   
  • SCHR has one of the highest rates of immunization coverage in Saskatchewan. Over 87 per cent of two year old children and 95 per cent of seven year old children in the Region have been immunized for measles, mumps and rubella, compared with just over 75 per cent for the province as a whole.  
  • Members of the Quality Improvement Department are working with a provincial collaborative to reduce falls and subsequent harm for residents of long term care facilities and those who receive home care services. New ideas to be introduced include standing orders for Vitamin D and medication reviews.  
  • SCHR’s VP of Community Health Janice Giroux is working with a provincial committee to create a Saskatchewan framework for the promotion of healthy weights. SCHR will initiative a task group to disseminate information about healthy weights and find ways to support a new healthy weights strategy.  
  • Recruitment to fill positions continues in the Region. In May and June, SCHR hired five Registered Nurses (RN), one Licensed Practical Nurse, one Pharmacist, and one management person. During that same time period, one RN, one Medical Laboratory Technologist, one addictions counselor and three management personnel retired.   
  • Plans for a new long term care facility to replace the Radville Marian Health Centre and an addition to the Redvers Health Centre are continuing. The Region expects to submit both projects to go to tender in August.  

The next meeting of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority will be held September 28.


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