Health News

Nourishing minds

Comprehensive School Community Health incorporates health into all aspects of school and learning.

JobOpportunitiesProgram DirectoryBlogVideosLive. Work. PlaySurgery Specialist Directory

Contact Us

Box 2003
Weyburn, Saskatchewan
S4H 2Z9
Tel: (306) 842-8399
For General Inquiries:

Provincial funding for improved surgical care in SCHR

Sun Country Health Region will receive $542,090 during the 2013-14 fiscal year from the Saskatchewan government to improve the quality and safety of surgical care while improving patients’ access to surgery. 

The funding will enable the Region to provide for home care to support more patients receiving surgeries, to provide for more post-operative rehabilitation for patients receiving surgeries and to fund hospital costs for additional surgeries. The Region expects to perform about 760 surgeries during the year, compared to about 702 last year.

“We have made excellent progress under the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative toward our goal of offering patients safer surgery within three months,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. 

“I want to acknowledge the incredible work being done in Sun Country Health Region to put the patient first by achieving lasting improvements in the quality and timeliness of surgical care.”

“We’re putting patients first by reducing surgical wait times and improving the surgical experience for patients,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. “We appreciate the collaborative work by surgical teams and others in Sun Country Health Region to transform the way care is planned and delivered.”

“We are very pleased to be able to improve our service to provide patients with better surgical care,” says Marga Cugnet, CEO, Sun Country Health Region. “We are also pleased that we met our target to provide surgery to all patients within six months and to  comply with the three-step surgical checklist to reduce surgical site infections and errors.”

The Saskatchewan government announced $70.5 million in its 2013-14 budget to equip health regions to continue to improve surgical care. Enhancements include better access to patient assessment and post-operative care, training for more operating room nurses and an increased volume of surgeries to reduce wait times. Collectively, health regions will provide 7,000 additional surgeries this year.

Since 2007, the number of Saskatchewan patients waiting more than six months for surgery has fallen 64 per cent and the number waiting more than three months has fallen 49 per cent.

More information is available at: 

Posted on May 17.  


>>> Return to Listing