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SCHR 2015-16 Annual Report now available

The 2015-16 Annual Report for Sun Country Health Region has been released publicly and posted on the Region’s website at 

Information in the report shows the Region’s staff focused on four improvement projects through the past year: reducing the inappropriate use of antimicrobials (like antibiotics, antiparasitics and antifungals); creating a culture of safety for patients/residents/clients and staff; training on the use of the “stop the line” technique for staff and patients when safety is threatened; and improving the number of staff members who use proper hand hygiene at all times to reduce the spread of infections.

During the fiscal year, a regional CT scanner was opened at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan, with progress made on adopting the Provincial Stroke Pathway. The CT scanner has advanced technology which reduces the radiation dose to patients, and changes to the media injected, which helps to decrease the risk factors associated with contrast exams, making it safer for patients.

A new long term placement process was developed in the Region for people qualifying for a long term care bed. The result has been significant reductions in wait times for screening for an initial long term care bed and for a long term care bed in a preferred community.

Primary Care clinics operated by the Region have focused on expansion of Chronic Disease management programs, integration of mental health and addiction programs, and improving the public’s access to the primary health care programs and services. These clinics were located in Carlyle, Coronach, Estevan/Lampman, Kipling, Maryfield, Bengough/Radville and Weyburn/Midale.

Four new members of the community were appointed to the Sun Country Regional Health Authority, bringing the total number of members on the Authority to nine. Murray Setrum, Coronach; Marilynn Garnier, Redvers; Brian Romaniuk, Carlyle; and Leigh Rosengren, Midale joined the Authority. Sun Country Regional Health Authority is the governing body of Sun Country Health Region.

Sun Country Health Region provided 44 health programs for the 59,690 people in the Region during 2015-16. Census figures show that 42 per cent of SCHR population resides in the two large cities, with 30 per cent in other towns and the remaining 28 per cent in a mix of villages, rural municipalities and land reserved for First Nations.

The 2015-16 audited financial statement shows the Region spent $153 million to provide health services, with $139 million in revenues from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, $11 million in patient and client fees, and $519,000 from out-of-province fees. The fiscal year ended with a small surplus.












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