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June RHA Highlights


Sun Country Regional Health Authority to see operating budget in July

Leadership at Sun Country Health Region will present a 2016-17 operating budget to the Sun Country Regional Health Authority for approval at a special meeting to be held July 19, at 1:30 p.m. in Tatagwa View, Weyburn. The Region’s budget is late this year due to the provincial election.

The audited financial statements from the 2015-16 fiscal year also will be presented at that time.

Members of Sun Country Regional Health Authority learned at its regular meeting June 29 that 22 concerns have been received from the public since April about care, emergency transportation, home care, mental health, support services and primary health services. Three concerns raised were about issues in other health regions or information from the Ministry of Health. All concerns have been dealt with by the Region’s Quality of Care Coordinator.

Among other business, members learned that:

-        The Region’s Safety Management Team is on target to reduce WCB claims by 25 per cent during the 2016-17 fiscal year. At May 31, 2016, the Region accepted 14 WCB claims. The goal was less than 17.

-        The same team reviewed survey data from four facilities in the Region which showed that 92 per cent of patients and families would feel comfortable speaking to staff if they have a safety concern.

-        About 176 staff members attended the Region’s Quality Symposium on May 26. 1016.  A Weyburn Special Care Home team received an award for improvement to Environmental Cleaning and the regular use of audits.

-        At that symposium, the annual Dave Galloway Award for quality was presented to the new long term care intake and placement team.  Susan Viergutz and Leila McClarty were recognized for the work done in partnership with long term care, acute care, and home care to create a “live” process and ultimately streamline workloads, clarify roles, improve communication, and to reduce wait times for clients. 

-        23 animal bites required follow up from the Public Health department, for tetanus status, three required Rabies vaccine.  Several disease cases that also needed follow-up including one case of malaria case, several Hepatitis C cases, many cases of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.

-        In the past couple of months, Dr. Al-Khafaji relocated from the Carlyle Medical Clinic to the Radville Marian Health Clinic, Dr. Helen Mbata began practice at the Weyburn Primary Health Clinic and will move to Radville in mid-August; and Dr. Remon Ghaly began practice in Arcola. Dr. Hamid Bimesl will join the Weyburn Primary Health Clinic in July.

-        A  number of presentations were provided by SCHR public health nurses in regional schools during June on puberty, sexual health, hand washing, and nutrition.

 -        Public interest has increased on the issues of vaccine preventable diseases, immunization rates, mandatory immunization policies, expanding the cohort of professionals who administer vaccines (i.e. pharmacists) and other issues associated with maintaining a healthy population with vaccines.

The next meeting of Sun Country Regional Health Authority will be held Tuesday, July 19 at 1:30 p.m. in Conference Room 1, Tatagwa View, Weyburn.


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