Released on January 4, 2017
Change Will Reduce Administration While Improving Co-ordination of Health Services
Today, Health Minister Jim Reiter accepted all of the recommendations of the Saskatchewan Advisory Panel on Health System Structure, and announced the province will consolidate the 12 existing Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) into one single Provincial Health Authority.
Both Whooping cough (pertussis) and Influenza have been identified in students attending schools in the Heartland Health Region. Protection to both Whooping cough and Influenza can be provided by vaccination. Check our website for locations. http://hrha.sk.ca/programs-services/public-health-immunizations
Immunizations are the best way to protect yourself, your family, and those around you from influenza. The Heartland Health Region will begin its seasonal influenza immunization campaign with the first clinics of the season beginning October 31st.
For a complete listing of all the clinics planned for Heartland Health Region – click the link below:
The Parent Mentoring Program of Saskatchewan (PMPS), a home-visiting and early childhood outreach program that provides assistance and support to expectant parents or those parenting newborns to 5 year olds, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month.
Saskatchewan residents and interested organizations are invited to provide feedback to the recently-announced advisory panel examining the restructuring of Saskatchewan’s health care system.
On August 18, the Minister of Health appointed a three person advisory panel to review the current Regional Health Authority (RHA) structure and provide advice on a system with fewer RHAs in Saskatchewan. The panel will also look at services that could be delivered more efficiently and effectively on a provincial scale, examine RHA board governance and accountability, and identify ways to enhance measurement of health system performance.
To have your say click on the link below to do the online survey. If you do not wish to fill the survey out online there is also an option to complete a paper copy and mail in to the Ministry on the online page.
To see the news release about Having Your Say in Health System Restructuring click on the link below:
Open Family Presence Policy Underscores Patient Focus
Saskatchewan is making strides in patient- and family-centred care, as the first Canadian province to take a provincial approach to an open family presence policy. Health regions are now moving towards more flexible visiting hours in hospitals, which will welcome families 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to the patient’s preference.
Open Family Presence
Over the past four weeks there has been a noted increase in cases of respiratory illness in the province and also in the Heartland Health Region. Many people who are becoming ill are healthy adults who are not immunized.
There have been a significant number of otherwise healthy adults that have become severely ill with influenza with the majority of the intensive care unit admissions being otherwise healthy working adults.
Health care workers, patients, families and residents gathered today in Biggar to celebrate the grand opening of the Biggar and District Health Centre which includes a 54 bed long-term care addition. Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit and Biggar MLA Randy Weekes joined in the celebration.