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RHA Highlights - February

Sun Country Regional Health Authority (SCRHA) approved Virtus Group Chartered Accountants at its February 26 regular meeting to audit the financial statements for the year ending March 31, 2014.

In other business, members of SCRHA learned that:

-         Some of the new materials ordered through the Ministry of Health’s Urgent Issues Action Fund for long term care facilities are beginning to arrive. Sun Country Health Region received an additional $812,157 last fall from the Ministry’s fund for patient lifts, training staff in a new approach to deal with long term care residents with dementia, hot food carts, three nurse call systems, mattress replacements, bath slings, special air mattresses, and an expansion of activities for residents to weekends.

-         Staffing of many EMS sites in the Region on a 24 hour/seven day a week continues to be a challenge.

-         Ten people have been discharged from the new lymphedema program after treatment, with eight people now on the wait list.

-         Long term care centres in the Region are embracing a walking program for residents that was piloted last year at Moose Mountain Lodge in Carlyle. Results are coming in and facilities/residents are engaged and excited about the program. The majority of long term care facilities have come on board with the plan to encourage residents to walk for a portion of time each day.
- SCHR continues to strongly recommend the wearing of a mask by staff if they have not received an influenza vaccination. The Region’s goal is 100 per cent influenza vaccinations for eligible staff to protect patient and worker health and safety.  Over-all, about 77 per cent of staff were vaccinated as of Feb. 7. The provincial average is 50 per cent. The CEO thanked the team of public health nurses who coordinated the program, along with those who administered the vaccines and the staff who recognized a good way to protect the health of patients/residents/clients and themselves. 

-         To keep up with increasing demand and to decrease class sizes, the Public Health Department will offer the food handler course more often. This year, a Food Safe class will be offered on the third Tuesday of every month, except during July, August, and December. Classes will alternate between Weyburn and Estevan. Workbooks are now available in English, French, Cantonese, Punjab, Korean. The exam is available in English, Cantonese, Spanish, Punjab, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Japanese, and French. To register, Call 1-888-295-8005 or email

-  SCRHA approves the base salary of 90 per cent for the President and CEO at $237,602, based on SAHO out-of-scope pay bands effective July 23, 2013, including a 1.5 per cent increase provided by the Ministry of Health, effective April 1, 2013. The increase came after a favourable performance review.

The next public meeting of the Regional Health Authority will be held March 26, 2014 in Conference Room 1 of Tatagwa View in Weyburn.

Posted March 7

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