September 27, 2012 - Download a printer-friendly version of the release here.
Patients will benefit from significant improvements at the Lloydminster Hospital. The official opening of renovated emergency and admitting departments and a new mammography suite took place in Lloydminster today.
“This is an exciting step forward in improving health care facilities and services for people in and around Lloydminster,” Minister responsible for Energy and Resources and Lloydminster MLA Tim McMillan said on behalf of Health Minister Dustin Duncan. “Streamlined and improved emergency care areas and introduction of digital mammography services are two of the steps taken to address increased demand for health services in this growing region.”
The Saskatchewan and Alberta governments, along with donors through the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation, jointly funded the $3 million project with each partner contributing $1 million.
Improvements made to the emergency department include enhanced workspace and the introduction of a fast track service which allows better patient flow and reduces wait times. Diagnostic and screening mammography services, which were not done at Lloydminster Hospital previously, are targeted to begin operating in November, saving patients the time and expense of travelling elsewhere for these important services.
“Today is a great celebration for the people of Lloydminster, and a great accomplishment for our two provinces in ensuring high-quality health services for our citizens,” Vermilion-Lloydminster MLA Dr. Richard Starke said on behalf of the Alberta government. “I'm also proud to see the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation play an integral part in providing improved emergency care and mammography services for the region.”
“The region is very grateful to the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta for recognizing and supporting the need for improvements to the Lloydminster Hospital emergency and admitting departments to help deliver better patient care,” Prairie North Regional Health Authority board vice-chair Leanne Sauer said. “Prairie North also appreciates the unwavering support and commitment of the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation and its contributors in bringing hospital-based digital diagnostic and screening mammography services to Lloydminster Hospital for local area women.”
“The foundation is proud to partner with Prairie North Health Region and our two provinces to enhance health care facilities, equipment, and services for the benefit of our citizens,” Lloydminster Region Health Foundation chair David Schneider said. “We are particularly gratified to help bring mammography service to Lloydminster Hospital so that local area women will no longer have to travel away from the community to receive this important diagnostic service.”
The Lloydminster Hospital is owned and operated by Prairie North Health Region, which provides services and programs to more than 78,000 residents of northwest central Saskatchewan from the Battlefords and Meadow Lake, to the Alberta border. The organization also provides health services for more than 18,000 residents on the Alberta side of Lloydminster and area.
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Lloydminster Hospital Emergency & Admitting Departments Redevelopment and Introduction of Digital Mammography Suite & Services
Emergency department improvements include:
An expanded waiting area
Improved triage space and creation of a fast track area for ER patients
Addition of a quiet room for families
Creation of an isolation treatment space and a psychiatric ER room
Admitting area improvements include:
Separation of the Admitting area from the Emergency department and establishment of a separate admitting area for scheduled/inpatient admissions
Creation of separate waiting, registration and reception areas for Admitting
Front entranceway improvements include:
Establishment of a mammography suite and program includes:
Construction of a digital mammography suite in the Medical Imaging department. The suite includes an initial waiting area, a change area for mammography patients, a patient waiting area, the digital mammography examination room, and a technologists' work room
State-of-the-art digital mammography equipment
Both diagnostic and screening mammography services will be provided, with service targeted to begin in November
Mammography service to operate Mondays through Fridays with one mammography technologist (total of three mammography technologist positions in a rotation).
Diagnostic mammography services will be available to Alberta and Saskatchewan women
The Saskatchewan Screening Program for Breast Cancer will provide screening services in the new suite for Saskatchewan women
Arrangements have yet to be discussed with the Alberta Breast Cancer Screening Program regarding screening services in the Lloydminster Hospital suite for Alberta women
Benefits of the Project
Improved operational efficiency for patients, physicians, and staff:
Enhanced and expanded space for patient access & flow through Emergency department services
Introduction of a fast track area and service to move patients more quickly through the ER and reduce wait times
Improved work space and workflow for physicians and staff
Improved patient confidentiality with separation of Emergency and Admitting departments
Introduction of diagnostic digital mammography services at Lloydminster Hospital, bringing the service to the community. Establishing an in-hospital site for breast cancer screening services.
Upgraded access and security for patients, visitors, and health care providers through the front entranceway of the hospital.