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Highlights of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority meeting on Feb. 27

Members of Sun Country Regional Health Authority learned at their Feb. 27, 2013 meeting that Sun Country Health Region has awarded 47 bursaries from April 1, 2012 to present.

Recipients include students in the following programs: 32 in Registered Nursing; one in the Registered Psychiatric program; one in the nurse practitioner program; one in occupational therapy; one in physical therapy, four in medicine; six EMS personnel (one EMT, one PCP, five EMRs). In comparison, 55 bursaries were awarded in 2011-2012. The Region is considering new applications.

The SCRHA members also heard:

• Two Registered Nurses, three EMS personnel, two combined lab/x-ray therapists, and one out of scope were hired from Jan. 23-Feb 14, 2013. During the same period, four Registered Nurses, three Licensed Practical Nurses, one combined lab/x-ray therapist and one out of scope staff member resigned.

• SCHR staff is working with 10 doctors at different stages of the recruitment process.

• A Doctor Recruitment Task Force has been established in Weyburn to look into ways to attract and retain doctors.

• As of February 10, 2013 there are no patients in SCHR who have waited more than six months for surgery.

• Weyburn physicians are struggling with the additional pressures in the emergency department at Weyburn General Hospital since Arcola Health Centre emergency department closed in late 2012. SCHR and the Ministry of Health have discussed options.

• SCHR Mental Health and Addictions programs continue to participate in a provincial LEAN initiative to reduce wait times for clients seeking services. 100 per cent of the very severe, severe, moderate and mild adult addictions clients were served within the target time period. One hundred per cent of the very severe adult mental health clients were seen within the target time period, while 73 per cent of the severe, 24 per cent of the moderate and 69 per cent of the mild clients were seen within the target time period.

• The cook shortage appears to have eased in Weyburn. However we continue to experience staff shortages of cooks and food service workers in Gainsborough, Lampman, Moose Mountain Lodge, Fillmore, and Willowdale Lodge.

The next meeting of the health authority will be held Wed. March 27, at 1:30 p.m. at Tatagwa View, Weyburn. The public is welcome to attend.

Posted March 13, 2013.

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