The Sun Country Regional Health Authority (SCRHA) approved the expenditure of $160,000 from its restricted funds for additional costs related to renovations at Redvers Health Centre during the RHA's monthly meeting on March 26.
The Redvers and District Health Foundation will contribute an additional $40,000 toward the project, which has a total cost of more than $13.2 million.
The renovations are for the portion of the health centre that formerly was used as a long-term care facility. A new long=term care wing of the centre was opened last fall.
The RHA also approved a new strategic plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year that includes four new projects. They will see a 25 per cent improvement in the number of people who say they can access their health care team on the day of choice.
Sun Country also wants to see 100 per cent of staff and patients comfortable with reporting unsafe situations in health care; a 25 per cent reduction in the number of WCB claims, and the creation of a plan to help all supervisors and managers develop leadership skills.
Other highlights of the meeting were:
*The region will end the fiscal year on March 31 with seven of its nine improvement projects completed. The two incomplete concepts, involving antimicrobial stewardship and injury reduction, will continue into the new year.
*A new telehealth unit was opened at the Moose Mountain Lodge in Carlyle. That leaves only one facility in the region awaiting its own telehealth unit.
*Seventeen staff members have been trained as staff trainers in the new gentle persuasion approach for tending to long-term care residents with cognitive disabilities. The trainers will visit each facility in the region to demonstrate the new approach.
*A power transformer that feeds the Estevan Regional Nursing Home failed on March 10, due to water issues. A back-up generator provided partial power coverage during the outage. Power was restored after SaskPower repairs, but a planned outage will be necessary when the temporary transformer is replaced.
*Five medical residents are interested in practicing medicine in the Region within the next two years.
*The Friends for Life program, an evidence-based early intervention and treatment program designed to prevent anxiety disorders, has been implemented in the health region. Friends for Life teaches life skills to cope with difficult or anxiety producing situations, normalizes the emotional state, builds emotional resilience and problem-solving abilities, and encourages peer learning and building a support network.
*The next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 30 in Weyburn.