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Annual Report released

Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) has released the 2008-09 annual report outlining its accomplishments over the past year.

The report has been tabled in the Saskatchewan legislature by the Ministry of Health.

“We are pleased to be able to provide this report of our activities in the past year,” said Cal Tant, President and CEO.

The report shows that population increased slightly during 2009, by 825 people, to about 54,032.

SCHR’s population is lower (7.8%) than the 1999 population of 58,635. The report notes that SCHR continues to face increasing and changing demands on the regional health system and seeks innovative strategies to mitigate the inherent risks. 

It notes, in particular:

• A revised three-year strategic plan has been developed which included a comprehensive consultation and communication strategy with key stakeholders to help guide future service delivery, infrastructure, health human resource planning, information systems and capital investment planning for facilities.

• Enhanced capacity to respond to human resource challenges through the continued implementation of a comprehensive new recruitment and retention strategy.

• Increased efforts on innovative health promotion, disease prevention, and Population Health initiatives.

• A completed facility condition assessment for all SCHR and Affiliate facilities – providing information to assist in capital planning and infrastructure improvement prioritization.

• The complete transition and transformation of Information Systems and Technology infrastructure to ensure reliability, stability and capacity to accommodate increased scope and volume of demand.

• The adoption of LEAN as a key business strategy to ensure effective, efficient processes that maximize appropriate utilization of health professionals and assists in building capacity where and when needed. 

Generally, the report notes the health status of residents of SCHR is positive. Life expectancy at birth (76.8 years for males and 81.2 years for females) is very close to the provincial average (76.2 years – male and 81.8 years – female). This is also true for life expectancy at age 65 years.

Disability-free life expectancy, an important indicator of quality of life, also compares favourably with the provincial average. 

The report notes that a Region-wide survey was conducted in May 2008 by representatives from Accreditation Canada. Sun Country Regional Health Authority has been awarded accreditation status.

Mr. Tant says SCHR once again has demonstrated fiscal prudence by ending the year with a small surplus, in the order of $500,000, in the face of mounting pressures.

SCHR continues to coordinate regional pandemic planning that will provide a plan that serves to strengthen the Region’s capacity to prevent, be prepared for, and respond to public health risks.

The regional pandemic plan will provide activities to reduce the impact of the H1N1 virus on public health and will incorporate national and provincial strategies.

Mr. Tant invites all members of the public to access the full report on SCHR’s website at

Media: For more information, please call Joanne Helmer, Communications Coordinator, 842-8353. Posted August, 2009.

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