Highlights from the January 29 meeting of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority (SCHRA):
*The SCRHA received information about two construction projects happening in the region. Completion of the new integrated Radville Marian Health Centre is expected in May. Residents are slated to move in two months later. Also, construction on the new Kipling Integrated Health Centre is ahead of schedule, and is slated to be finished in December.
*A primary health site is being established in Carnduff. The Sun Country Health Region’s (SCHR) primary health care department and the community have been working together on development. No date has been set for the opening.
*Chronic disease management programs in the region are under review and evaluation. Access to programs that help residents manage chronic diseases – like depression, diabetes, COPD and heart disease – has become an issue due to a high increase in demand. SCHR teams will assess the supply/demand and patient flow to react to the need.
*Ten people are on the waiting list for the new lymphedema treatment program, which was established last year in the region.
*From December 1, 2013, to January 18, 2014, the SCHR hired 17 registered nurses (RNs); one licensed practical nurse (LPN); one occupational therapist; two cooks; and one out-of-scope employee. Resignations for the same period included seven RNs; three LPNs; one occupational therapist; and two out-of-scope staff members.
*Fifty students have been awarded student bursaries since April 1, 2013 including: 40 students in registered nursing; three in medicine; two in each of emergency medical responder and primary care paramedic programs; and one in each of nurse practitioner, occupational therapy and advanced care paramedic programs.
*SCHR continues to offer clinical placements for students, primarily in the nursing programs. This is viewed as a significant recruitment opportunity. In December, clinical placements took place with seven LPN students in St. Joseph’s Hospital. In January, there was one nurse practitioner in Carlyle, and 12 RN students, including 10 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Estevan and one at Estevan Home Care.
*SCHR’s sick leave rate was about 21 per cent lower from April to December than the same period for the previous year. The target for the region was a 6.2 per cent reduction.
*As of December 22, there were three patients who have waited more than six months for surgery. Eight patients waited more than three months for surgery, which is a 91 per cent decrease since April 1, 2010.
*SCHR Home Care is participating in both regional and provincial strategies to develop guidelines to improve the care provided to clients at risk of, or with vascular compromise. Colleen Scharnatta leads the regional team of primary health providers including doctors, nurse practitioners, occupational therapy/physical therapy and home care nurses to enhance the services provided at primary health care sites and throughout the community.
*Six of the nine improvement projects in SCHR are on target. Those include dementia care, healthy weights in childhood, stroke strategy, hand hygiene, doctor recruitment and stop the line projects. The medication administration project, injury reduction and antimicrobial stewardship projects are not completely meeting the targets. Progress will be determined before the March 31 deadline.
*The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 26 in Estevan at 1:30 p.m.