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Sun Country Regional Health Authority

Sun Country Regional Health Authority (SCRHA) held consultations with elected municipal officials and the public at two meetings at the end of April. SCRHA is the governing body of Sun Country Health Region.

“The members of the Health Authority find these twice-yearly meetings of its Community Leadership Network to be valuable,” says Marilyn Charlton, Chair, Sun Country Regional Health Authority.

“The Authority has an obligation to be transparent in the way it conducts its business and these sessions help us to do that. We hear the public’s opinions while the public hears about the Region’s improvement work and priorities. Members of the public also have an opportunity to ask questions.”

Presentations at these spring meetings provided information on the Region’s palliative care program for people at the end of life, as well as the importance of creating an advance care directive to guide family and health professionals in making decisions about the health care the individual prefers when they can no longer speak for themselves.

Palliative Care Coordinators can be reached at 306-842-6870, 306-842-8206, 306-637-3636, 306-637-3630. Information about the program is also available on the website at

An update was also provided about the Region’s Lean work. The Executive Director of the Kaizen Promotion Office (KPO) in the Region explained that Lean is about collecting information to find out what’s happening in the health care departments and using that information to redesign the work with the staff to provide quality care for patients/residents/clients.

Chris McKee told the audience that among other things, the KPO hosted eight improvement projects last year.

The eight included projects to improve utilization of the operating rooms at Weyburn General Hospital, shorten the initial home care set-up time for patients in the Region, redesign the equipment sterilization process at Weyburn General Hospital that processes equipment for all facilities in the Region, reduce patient wait time for surgeries, create a more efficient work space in the laboratory at Weyburn General Hospital, streamline the Worker’s Compensation Process for injured staff across the Region, streamline the admission process to reduce stress on people entering St. Joseph’s Long Term Care facility in Estevan and reduce the delays for hospital patients entering a long term care facility.

Information was provided by Mrs. Charlton about future nominations to the Health Authority. Nominations to serve on health authorities at all health regions in the province are being accepted by the Ministry of Health, starting this spring, to be announced in the summer. The Ministry appoints members to the RHA.

Mrs. Charlton encouraged interested members of the public to apply. Members must live in the Region.

SCRHA holds 10 meetings each year and is mandated for 10 members to plan, organize and deliver health services for the residents of the Region. Information and applications can be found on the Ministry’s website at .

Two more meetings of the Community Leadership Network will be held in the fall in Weyburn and Kenosee Lake.

Posted May 14   

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