May 9, 2013
Prairie North Health Region fully supports development of a mental health and addictions action plan for the province, as announced this week by the Government of Saskatchewan.
“We applaud the decision to move forward with a comprehensive, strategic, and collaborative approach to better serve the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities,” said David Fan, PNHR CEO. Fan notes the announcement commits to building upon the care and services already in place.
“This includes Saskatchewan Hospital,” Fan states, “and is consistent with the recommendations Prairie North put forward in its December 2010 report to government and Saskatchewan residents.” The report is titled ‘Charting a New Course for Mental Health's Most Vulnerable: A Provincial Approach to Replace Saskatchewan Hospital and Address Complex Needs Care'.
Fan adds, “We see Saskatchewan Hospital as continuing to play a critical role in that continuum of integrated mental health services, as it has for the past 100 years.”
Prairie North Health Region remains committed to replacing the 156-bed Saskatchewan Hospital with a new, modern facility to meet the needs of patients. “Our commitment has not wavered. We have been working tirelessly to make this project a reality,” Fan states.
Premier Brad Wall made an announcement in August 2011 that a new Saskatchewan Hospital will be built. Minister of Health Dustin Duncan renewed this commitment when announcing the mental health and addictions action plan earlier this week. “We've been assured by government that the commitment remains firm. We are proceeding forward at this time with important planning through the Lean 3P (process, preparation, production) approach to health facility planning,” Fan explains.
Two week-long 3P sessions are scheduled for June 3 – 7 and July 29 – August 2. Numerous stakeholders including patients, families, staff, Prairie North senor leaders and Board members, architects, mental health consultants, Health Ministry officials, and other key partners will work together to identify the current state and effectiveness of the facility, its programs and services in terms of the population being served. Data and information collection to facilitate these sessions is already underway.
“The results of the 3Ps will help us with development of a building design that will provide a better service for clients by identifying improvements we can make in programs, services and the environment so that there is better flow in the continuum of mental health services delivery for our patients,” concludes Fan.
To print the news release, click “Region welcomes Mental Health and Addictions plan,
For more information, contact: Linda Lewis, PNHR Communications Officer 306-446-6625