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SCRHA Board Approves 2017/18 Operating Budget







For Immediate Release                                                             May 31, 2017


News Release


"SCRHA Board Approves 2017/2018 Operating Budget"


Sun Country Regional Health Authority (SCRHA) has approved a balanced financial plan for the 2017/2018 fiscal year ahead of the transition to a single provincial health authority.


SCRHA Board members today approved a balanced operating budget of $158 million for 2017-18.  Expenses are budgeted at $157.5 million.  Following mortgage and lease payments of $608,000, Sun Country is expecting to end the fiscal year in a breakeven position.


"To achieve a balanced budget in our final year, we will continue to focus on improving efficiencies throughout Sun Country Health Region (SCHR), while sustaining emphasis on continuous safety and quality improvement to ensure appropriate access to and delivery of patient and family-centred care, " said Marilyn Charlton, SCRHA Board Chairperson.  "To address the current challenging fiscal environment, we have introduced no new programs and frozen several vacant positions while managing to not reduce or eliminate programs, other than those affected by the 2017-18 provincial budget," Charlton stated.


Acting-CEO John Knoch is pleased with SCRHA's financial record.  "Sun Country's success is credited to the hard work of management and staff in putting forward and reaching the financial targets."


"While it was sometimes very difficult to stay within those limits, all managers and staff contributed greatly to SCHR's strong financial position.  Over the years, we continue to work at reducing overtime and sick time costs.  We've improved efficiency and reduced waste.  We have enhanced financial reporting and improved materials management so that managers have up to date information with which to monitor their budgets and maintain supply controls.  This serves to hold Sun Country in good stead as we move forward into the new Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA)," Knoch said.


SCRHA Board members also approved capital budgets.  The Ministry of Health provided $1.325 million for 2017-18 with $305,000 for new or replacement equipment, and $1.02 million targeted for facility renovations and upgrades.  Resevers, trust funds and donations are used for specific equipment and certain projects allowing the Health Region to complete more projects than budgeted.


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Media: For more information, please contact Lesley Chapman, Executive Assistant, Sun Country Health Region, 842-8718.











































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