The Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) has announced the hiring of Dr. Dimitri Louvish as the vice-president of medical, effective March 3.
Louvish will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Dr. Alain Lenferna.
Louvish comes to the SCHR from Ontario, where he has been working in an urgent care clinical practice, and as a medical consultant. Prior to this, he had worked as the chief medical adviser with the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission in the Northwest Territories, and as an emergency room physician with Health Force Ontario.
He has substantial experience in various other capacities.
Louvish will engage with the local medical community, particularly with quality improvement.
"We are pleased to be able to attract a doctor with Dr. Louvish's credentials to our region to continue to advance best practices in our region," said SCHR CEO Marga Cugnet. "We are looking forward to working with him."
Sun Country also held its regular meeting February 26 in Estevan. Highlights were:
*Materials ordered through the Ministry of Health's Urgent Issues Action Fund for long-term care facilities are beginning to arrive. Sun Country received an additional $812,157 last fall from the fund for patient lifts, hot food carts, three nurse call systems, mattress replacements, bath slings, special air mattresses, training for employees who deal with patients who have dementia, and an expansion of activities for residents.
*Ten people have been discharged from the new lymphoedema program. Eight people are now on the wait list.
*Long-term care centres in the region are embracing a walking program for residents that was piloted last year at Moose Mountain Lodge in Carlyle. Results are coming in, and facilities and residents are encouraged about the program. The majority of long term care facilities have come on board with the plan to encourage residents to walk each day.
*SCHR continues to urge employees to wear a mask if they have not received an influenza vaccination. The region's goal is 100 per cent vaccination to enhance patient and worker health and safety. About 77 per cent of employees were vaccinated as of February 7. The provincial average is 50 per cent.
*The Public Health Department will offer Food Safe classes more often. They will be offered on the third Tuesday of most months, alternating between Estevan and Weyburn.
*The health authority approved the base salary of 90 per cent for Cugnet at $237,602, effective July 23, 2013, based on Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations' out-of-scope pay bands. The Ministry of Health provided a 1 1/2 per cent increase effective April 1, 2013.
*The next meeting will be March 26 in Weyburn.