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Annual Report released

Sun Country Regional Health Authority has released its 2007-08 Annual Report outlining the financial statement and program milestones of the past year.

"Sun Country Regional Health Authority (SCRHA) is pleased to report to the community that it continues to provide a sustainable, efficient, accountable, and quality health system for its residents," says Hal Schmidt, Vice President of Finance and Corporate Services.

The report is available here on the Region's website 

SCRHA provides health services to the 53,000 residents of the Region from 27 facilities and with 35 programs.

The report shows the Region continues to face challenges with tobacco use; obesity; an aging population and workforce; changing demographics; updating facilities and technology; and escalating operating costs, most of which are beyond its control.

To respond to these challenges, SCRHA has increased its efforts in health promotion, disease prevention and primary health care. Three community committees were struck last year, with the assistance of health promotion personnel, to decrease substance use and abuse, and 82 per cent of staff members received the flu vaccine to help protect their patients/clients/residents and families.

SCRHA's attention to its dynamic recruitment and retention strategy continued through the year.

In 2007-08, the Region completed for the Saskatchewan government a condition assessment of all facilities and affiliate's facilities to assist in future capital decisions.

It also consulted with the community to develop a new, three-year Strategic Plan to guide decisions on future service delivery, infrastructure, human resource planning and information systems.

Access to health services improved in the Region last year through the establishment of a Primary Care team in the Carlyle/Arcola area and the assignment of a Nurse Practitioner to the Midale/Lampman communities.

The Region also exceeded the provincial average for quick access to some surgical cases and provided new diagnostic equipment in St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan and Radville Marian Health Centre.

Access to services was also improved with the opening of a Dialysis Unit in the Region and creation of a chronic disease collaborative team in Radville.

Information gathered for this year's report shows the Region gained population during the past year.
Economic conditions were favourable for the Region as a whole during the past year, with higher incomes and a lower unemployment rate than the province as a whole, both of which can affect the health of residents.

Media: For more information, please contact Hal Schmidt, Vice President of Finance and Corporate Services, 842-8714.

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