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The opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of 18 Prairie North Health Region facilities was one of the topics discussed at this month's public Prairie North Regional Health Authority meeting, held January 25 in North Battleford.
The Region has signed a Letter of Intent with SaskPower to enter into an Energy Performance Contract (EPC). This agreement would see a wide range of improvements made in chosen facilities, from upgrading window seals to replacing HVAC systems. As the Board heard from Marty Lelliott from SaskPower, once the recommended renovations are completed at a cost of $3.4 million, SaskPower guarantees an annual savings on energy costs of $297,967. Those guaranteed savings will be used to cover the project cost over an 11.45 year simple payback term, allowing the project to effectively pay for itself while Prairie North benefits from the facility improvements.
Prairie North's Vice-President of Development and Operations Lionel Chabot recommended proceeding with the EPC program. The Board will vote on whether to approve the recommendation at its February meeting. This project would support the Region's broad strategic goal of better value.
Other topics supporting the better value goal were also discussed at the meeting:
· Prairie North Health Region is setting out its organizational priorities and action plans for the coming 12-18 months, as part of an exciting provincial process being led by the Ministry of Health. Specific breakthrough initiatives that have been identified as priorities include improving access to primary health care; using Lean processes to redesign Saskatchewan Hospital; improving relationships with our First Nations communities; better involving and engaging both physicians and employees; and providing better tools to front-line managers. The Region will continue to report to the Board on progress as action plans are refined and front-line staff are involved in decision-making and implementation.
· PNHR's Vice-President of Finance and Information Technologies Jerry Keller reported a surplus of $4,559,265 to December 31, 2011. With three months left in the fiscal year, Prairie North will likely balance the budget by year's end. The surplus is largely due to vacant positions within the Region; it would be preferable to have those positions filled to improve the level of care provided.
In support of the Region's better team strategic goal, the Board endorsed the recent appointment of Dr. Almereau Prollius and Dr. Wilhelm Retief as part-time Co-Senior Medical Officers of the Prairie North Health Region. They join Dr. Bruce Murray in sharing that position, with each physician continuing in clinical practice as well. The role of the Senior Medical Officers is to provide leadership and direction to Prairie North's physician community and to facilitate cooperation and collaboration amongst physicians, the Region, and the provincial health care system.
Upcoming public meetings:
- February 29: Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster
- March 28: Lloydminster, Lloydminster Hospital
- April 25: North Battleford, Battlefords Union Hospital
- May 30: Meadow Lake, Northwest Health Facility
Prairie North Health Region operates under the four broad strategic goals of providing better care, better health, better team, and better value, all in support of our vision of Healthy People. Healthy Communities.
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Prairie North Health Region