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Sun Country Health Region upgrades equipment

Sun Country Regional Health Authority is receiving nearly $1 million in funding from the provincial government for safety equipment and training and improvements to hospital surgical facilities.

"There is a pressing need for capital improvements and new equipment in health facilities across Saskatchewan," Health Minister Don McMorris said. "This investment will help address workplace safety issues and ensure that our hospitals have the appropriate facilities and equipment to meet patients' needs."

The health region will spend about $900 thousand to purchase safety equipment and train staff in its use. Items to be purchased include patient lifts, electric beds, and autoclaves for sterilizing surgical tools.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to purchase this large amount of additional equipment to help improving the working environment of our staff and to assist with patient/resident care," said Cal Tant, CEO Sun Country Health Region.

"With the additional patient lifts and electric beds, we hope to reduce injuries to our staff. We have a large number of staff who are away from work for a lengthy period after an injury," he said.

"The electric beds are also very nice for our patients/residents because it allows them more independence," said Cal.

The investment is expected to support efforts to recruit and retain health professionals by enabling health regions to provide safer, more supportive workplaces.

The funding is part of $18 million being distributed to all health regions. Approximately $13 million will be used for safety equipment and training to reduce workplace injuries, and nearly $5 million to upgrade hospital operating rooms and recovery rooms.

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