December 23, 2011
The Prairie North Regional Health Authority Board of Directors met publicly in North Battleford on Wednesday, December 21. Topics discussed fell under the broad strategic goals of better care and better value.
- Family and marital relationships often suffer when one becomes a resident in a long-term care centre like Battlefords District Care Centre (BDCC), as separation and the stresses of illness take their toll. However, those relationships remain incredibly important to residents and their families.
Recognizing this, the Recreation Department staff at BDCC, supported by the rest of the facility's staff and management, has developed programming that fully involves the family, placing them at the centre of the care.
Special date nights for couples, barbecues and fun days for families, drives to the lake, birthday and holiday parties, and community outings are all designed with family involvement in mind, with staff always looking for opportunities to help re-establish the social aspect of the marital/family dynamic and recapture the love that survives in spite of the trials of illness.
The therapeutic aspects of the recreation programs are also well-documented and programming is tailored to individual residents and their families.
Cathy Watson, RPN, and Colleen Perrin, Recreation Therapist, shared with the Board the presentation on BDCC's resident and family-first commitment that they gave at the 2011 Innovators Conference hosted by the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) in September.
- Lorna Tarasoff, Prairie North Health Region's representative to SUN also shared information about SUN's Patients and Families First Initiative and showed Board members a video explaining what patient-centered care means to its members. A number of Prairie North Health Region nurses are featured in the video, which can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4bKkZZBCoH4.
- Vice-President of Integrated Health Services Barbara Jiricka presented the results of the Health Quality Council's recent provincial emergency department patient experience survey, along with actions being taken at Battlefords Union Hospital and Lloydminster Hospital to improve our patients' experiences.
- Vice-President of Primary Health Services Glennys Uzelman provided Board members with Prairie North's response to the Provincial Auditor's review of the region's processes to protect patients from hospital-acquired infections. The recommendations have been acted on, further improving on already processes already accredited through Accreditation Canada.
- A number of planning and measurement reports were presented to the Board. CEO David Fan explained that the Board should expect more of these types of reports, as the Region finds better and more useful ways of collecting quality indicator data. The Health Quality Council and the Ministry of Health are also reporting more often on various quality indicators.
Three specific reports and plans were discussed:
o 2011-12 Strategic and Operational Directions Second Quarter report (Ministry of Health)
o Quality and Safety Report (Prairie North Health Region)
o Saskatchewan Health System Plan, 2012-13 (Ministry of Health)
The reports generally show that Prairie North is well on track to meet many of its annual quality and performance goals but also indicate what areas need particular attention in the last quarter of the year.
- Financial statements to the end of November 2011 were approved. The summary of operating revenues shows a surplus of $4,357,334.
- January 25, 2012 – Battlefords Union Hospital, North Battleford (note change of location)
- February 29, 2012 – Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster
For more information:
Prairie North Health Region