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SCRHA approves balanced budget

Sun Country Regional Health Authority (SCRHA) has approved a balanced annual operating budget of $111 million for the 2008-09 fiscal year. This is a $1.9 million increase over the 2007-08 budget, or 3.4 per cent.

"Our 2008-09 budget reflects SCRHA's commitment to providing services and programs in our communities at levels consistent to those offered last year," says Earl Kickley, Chairperson of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority Board of Directors.

"We will continue to face service and financial challenges in 2008-09 due to shortages of human resources which equates into increased efforts around recruitment and retention, the rising costs of meeting patient and workplace safety standards, increased program and infection control requirements, and competitive open market pricing pressures on energy, equipment, facility maintenance, transportation, medical/general supplies and information technology infrastructure investments," he said.

The cost of operating Sun Country Health Region's new renal dialysis unit in St. Joseph's Hospital is now part of SCRHA's budget.

The 2008-09 operating budget allows SCRHA to continue to meet the health needs of the 53,000 residents living in the Region. SCRHA directs approximately 83 per cent of its operating budget toward salaries and benefits for almost 2,300 employees.

"Our 2008-09 budget keeps us on track to achieving our vision of Healthy people in Healthy Communities" says Mr. Kickley.

Media: For more information, please call Cal Tant, CEO, Sun Country Regional Health Authority at 842-8737.


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