Physician recruitment was a recurring topic during the September 25 meeting of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority (RHA).
Several physicians were appointed to active staff category, including Dr. Parveen Gupta, who is a general practitioner in Redvers; and a Carlyle doctor who does not wish to be named. Two physicians for Weyburn have also been hired.
Visiting and temporary physicians were appointed, and privileges were upgraded for another doctor.
Other highlights from the meeting were:
*A group of 40 to 45 second year medical students from the University of Saskatchewan traveled to Arcola and Carlyle in late September. Sun Country's recruitment department, the Moose Mountain Recruitment Committee, and the Saskatchewan Medical Association organized the tour to introduce students to rural practices and facilities, and to increase their interest in practicing medicine in rural Saskatchewan.
*Twenty-nine bursaries have been awarded since April 1, including 24 to students in registered nursing, two in each of the nurse practitioner and primary care paramedic programs, and one in occupational therapy.
*The Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) hired three registered nurses, two licensed practical nurses, two speech language pathologists, one occupational therapist and two out-of-scope staff from August 16 to September 16. During that time period, two registered nurses, one licensed practical nurse, one medical lab technologist and four out-of-scope staff resigned.
*SCHR is experiencing an increase in demand for some of its chronic disease programs that help those with chronic illness learn how to manage their diseases. The chronic kidney disease program is already booking into February of 2014 in Weyburn.
*All nine improvement projects begun this spring are on target, with the exception of injury reduction, medication administration and doctor recruitment. Those three are slightly behind schedule for the time being.
*Thirty-eight concerns were received from the public through the quality of care coordinator in May and June. The largest concerns registered were access to doctor services and problems with accessing services in other health regions.
*The number of residents waiting for a bed in a long-term care centre in the health region has dropped from 37 people in June 2012 to 14 in June 2013. The number of residents waiting for transfer to the facility of their choice has increased from 78 to 104.
*The next meeting of the RHA will be Wednesday, November 27 in Weyburn.