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Highlights of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority meeting

Sun Country Regional Health Authority approved the 2013-14 Audited Financial Statement and the 2014-15 operating and capital budget at its regular meeting on May 28 in Weyburn.

The approved budget includes planned revenue and expenses totaling $146 million. “The budget reflects some increases in contracts with primary health doctors, inflation and compensation increases. The Region received approval for a cataract program that is expected to be launched in November.  However, with additions and changes we have also had to make efficiencies to achieve a break-even status,” says Marga Cugnet, CEO, Sun Country Health Region.

During the meeting, members of the Regional Health Authority learned:

-         Nurse call systems for Bengough Health Centre and Wawota Health Centre have been installed and are operational. New Hope Pioneer Lodge in Stoughton will be completed next. These systems are part of the Ministry of Health upgrades to long term care centres.

-         Twelve people are currently enrolled in the Region’s new lymphedema program, with six people on the wait list. A second pump has been installed for the residents of Estevan and area.

-         Three LiveWell workshops have been successfully held in Weyburn, Lampman and Kipling. These are workshops to help individuals living with chronic health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, kidney disease, depression and others to manage their illness and improve their quality of life.

-         SCHR hired seven registered nurses, two licensed practical nurses, one speech language pathologist, one social worker, one dental health educator, one lab/xray specialist, eight cooks/assistant cooks, and one out of scope staff during the period April 16-May 16. They are all in the difficult to fill category. At the same time, three registered nurses, one licensed practical nurse, one social worker, one medical lab technologist, one cook, one lab/xray specialist and three out of scope staff resigned.

-         Two doctors are leaving SCHR soon. Dr. Msikazi Langeni of Estevan and Dr. Aliakbar Freydoonnejad are moving on to other practices.

-         The new Vice President, Medical, Dr. Dimitri Louvish, and CEO Marga Cugnet have toured the Region and met doctors, except for Radville and Kipling where visits are pending. Doctors were pleased to meet Dr. Louvish and discuss issues and new ideas for the health region.

-         As of March 31, 2014, no patients on SCHR’s wait list waited more than three months for an appointment with a surgeon.

-         Medical students will work with doctors in Redvers/Carlyle; Estevan; Radville and Weyburn this spring as part of their medical training. Nine other medical students will work with doctors in Weyburn, Radville, Arcola/Carlyle, Estevan on a different part of their medical training during June. Six medical residents will complete their medical training with Dr. Mary McCollam in Weyburn from now until the end of the year.

-          A drug class for high school students in Weyburn and Estevan was provided by SCHR Addictions staff recently. The vice principal commented that it is positive for students to openly discuss issues surrounding drug abuse and a drug class is one more way schools and the community can support students struggling in the crucial development years. Addictions staff said some students attended to gain knowledge about substance abuse or out of concern for a friend’s substance abuse.

-         Residents of SCHR have high immunization coverage rates for measles. 85.2 per cent of children have had two doses of measles vaccine by their second birthday. That’s higher than the 75.3 per cent in Saskatchewan. 97.5 per cent of children have had two doses of measles vaccine by their seventh birthday, higher than the 91.3 per cent in Saskatchewan. 98.9 per cent of children have had two doses of vaccine by their seventeenth birthday, compared to 96.4 per cent in Saskatchewan.

-         Relief cooks have been hired for Arcola Health Centre.

-         Moving day for the residents of Radville Marian Health Centre to the new facility will be the week of July 7-11.

Posted June 2.    


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