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Notes from the meeting of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority

Members of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority approved the audited financial statements for the 2012-13 fiscal year at their regular meeting on June 26. Those statements will be included in the annual report tabled in the Saskatchewan Legislature on July 29 and available on the Region’s website afterward.

In other business, members of the Authority learned that:

-         Progress is taking place on the Region’s plan to change the care of patients with dementia. A regional working team has been created and a Dementia Project Advisor has been hired. SCHR will provide office space for the Alzheimer’s Society’s staff person for a time.

-         SCHR staff is being surveyed for ideas on the best way to decrease overweight and obese children and youth by five per cent by 2022.

-         SCHR is developing new patient, family and staff education about proper treatment for patients who have experienced a stroke.

-         SCHR is working toward standardization of treatment for patients with pneumonia and cellulitis in its facilities.

-         The Human Resources department at SCHR is preparing to train staff members in new Occupational Health and Safety measures.  

-         Two patient/family advisors have been added to the team implementing new safety expectations for patients. SCHR expects to reduce critical incidents by 50 per cent by March 31, 2014.

-         Construction of a helipad at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan is progressing.

-         During May and June, the Region hired one registered nurse, three licensed practical nurses, one speech language pathologist and one laboratory technologist. At the same time, seven registered nurses, three licensed practical nurses, one lab technologist, one cook and one administrative staff resigned.

-         SCHR has four doctors registered in the September session of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan assessment process for foreign-trained doctors.

The next meeting of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority will be Wednesday, September 25 in Tatagwa View, Weyburn. Members of the public are invited to attend.   




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