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Balanced budget supports provincial direction and regional priorities
2012/13 Strategic Direction Highlights
Balanced budget supports provincial direction and regional priorities

May 30, 2012

More than $260 million will be spent by Prairie North Health Region (PNHR) in 2012-13 to deliver continuously improving, patient and family-centered health care to the 96,000 people living in the Region.

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Prairie North Regional Health Authority members approved today a balanced operating budget that supports the Region's strategic planning pillars of Better Health, Better Care, Better Value, and Better Teams. The budget aligns with the direction and accountability provided by the provincial Ministry of Health and invests in areas of specific need in the Region.

“I'm very proud of the services and improvements we'll provide to the Region's residents this year,” said Authority Chair Bonnie O'Grady. “Even with a limited increase to our provincial base funding, we are able to invest significantly in delivering the best possible care and experience to patients.”

Overall, the 2012/13 operating budget grew by 6.98 per cent over last year. Base funding from Saskatchewan Ministry of Health increased by 4.2 per cent this year, compared to 12 per cent in the previous year. Nearly 80 per cent of the annual operating budget – $206,634,020 – is allocated to employee salaries and benefits, and physician remuneration.

Specific operating budget allocations by program areas are as follows:

Acute Care



Supportive (Long Term) Care



Residential and Community
Mental Health and Addictions Services



Support Services



Primary Care



Integrated Facilities and Health Centres



Population Health Services



Home Care



Emergency Response



Intersectoral Initiatives



More than $5 million will be invested in new capital equipment, and nearly $4.2 million will go to capital maintenance and upgrades in 26 of our facilities. Information technology investments for the 2012/13 fiscal year will total $1.2 million. Planning for the replacement of Saskatchewan Hospital – North Battleford and Northland Pioneers Lodge in Meadow Lake continues.

“As a Region, we are focused on maximizing every dollar spent in order to improve the patient experience,” said PNHR Chief Executive Officer David Fan. “By aligning our work with the provincial priorities, we're able to make significant progress in many areas, including reducing surgical wait times for our residents and people across Saskatchewan. We're also committed to the ongoing process of finding efficiencies and eliminating waste through the implementation of the Saskatchewan Lean Management System.”

Click here to view 2012/13 Strategic Direction Highlights.


For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Kerilyn Voigt
Communications Officer
Prairie North Health Region
306-446-6002 or 306-441-6723 (cell)

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