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RHA Highlights -- March

Sun Country Regional Health Authority (SCRHA) approved at its regular meeting on March 26, 2014 the expenditure of $160,000 from its restricted funds for additional costs related to renovations at Redvers Health Centre.

The Redvers and District Health Foundation will contribute an additional $40,000 toward the $13,250,910 total cost.

The renovations are for the portion of the health centre that formerly was used as a long term care facility. A new long term care wing of the centre was opened last fall.

SCRHA ratified the SAHO-CUPE memorandum of agreement negotiated in March.  

The RHA also approved a new Strategic Plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year that includes four new hoshins.

The four projects will see a 25 per cent improvement in the number of people who say they can access their health care team on the day of choice, 100 per cent of staff and patients comfortable with reporting unsafe situations in health care, reducing the number of WCB claims by another 25 per cent, creating a plan to help all supervisors and managers develop leadership skills.

In other business, members of SCRHA learned that:

-         The Region will end the fiscal year on March 31 with seven of its nine hoshins (improvement projects) completed. The two incomplete hoshins, antimicrobial stewardship and injury reduction, will continue into the new year.

-         A new telehealth unit was opened in Moose Mountain Lodge. That leaves only one facility in the entire Region waiting for its own telehealth unit.

-         Seventeen staff members have been trained as staff trainers in the new Gentle Persuasion approach to caring for long term care residents with cognitive disabilities. The trainers will visit each facility in the Region to demonstrate the new approach.

-         A power transformer that feeds Estevan Regional Nursing Home failed on March 10, due to water issues. A back-up generator provided partial power coverage during the outage. At 4:30 p.m. power was restored, following SaskPower repairs but a planned outage will be necessary when the temporary transformer is replaced.

-         Five medical residents are interested in practicing medicine in the Region within the next two years.

-         The FRIENDS for Life program, an evidence-based early intervention and treatment program designed to prevent anxiety disorders, has been implemented in SCHR. FRIENDS for Life teaches life skills to cope with difficult or anxiety producing situations, normalizes the emotional state, builds emotional resilience and problem-solving abilities and encourages peer learning and building a support network. 

The next meeting of SCRHA will be held on April 30, in Tatagwa View, Weyburn.

Posted on March 27. 

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