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May 29, 2013

Prairie North Health Region will spend just over $263 million in 2013-14 to deliver patient and family-centred care to the more than 96,000 people it serves in northwest Saskatchewan and the Lloydminster area of Alberta.

Prairie North Regional Health Authority Board today approved a balanced operating budget for the year ahead. The budget calls for $3.2 million or 1.23% more in expenditures this year over the 2012-13 budget plan.

The highlight of the 2013-14 budget includes $1.5 million in new spending primarily to support Prairie North's ongoing commitment to the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative and to enhance support for seniors care. One-third of the $1.5 million in new spending is targeted specifically toward improving Long-Term Care.

“Our Board is proud to be able to dedicate some funds toward enhancing basic care for residents in long-term care,” stated Bonnie O'Grady, Board Chairperson. “We know there is much more work to be done in this area and this year's allocation signals our commitment to renew this focus on long-term care within competing priorities.”

Approximately 10 full-time equivalent (FTE) front-line care positions are being added in long-term care; 14 others are being added in home care and acute care, for a total of 24 new FTEs.

“We are pleased to be able to make these enhancements to advance existing services and initiatives already underway,” stated CEO David Fan, “particularly in this tight fiscal year.”

Fan added, “All of these investments in front-line care align fully and support the Region's strategic planning pillars of Better Health, Better Care, Better Teams, and Better Value.”

Prairie North will be establishing a Primary Health Centre at the Co-op Plaza site in Lloydminster. Work will continue to develop a Collaborative Emergency Centre (CEC) at Maidstone Health Complex in Maidstone.

Nearly 80 per cent of the annual operating budget - $210 million – 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



Population Health Services



Integrated Facilities and Health Centres



Home Care



Emergency Response (Ambulance) Services

$ 6,562,604


Intersectoral Initiatives

$ 2,485,135


The PNRHA Board also approved $2.7 million in spending on capital and information technology equipment by the Region for 2013-14, including a new cardiac monitoring system for Lloydminster Hospital, and new x-ray equipment and a new ambulance for Meadow Lake.

Prairie North's capital upgrade and maintenance budget has been approved at $9.5 million. Key capital projects for the year include relocation and redevelopment of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Battlefords Union Hospital (BUH), development of a dedicated endoscopy suite at BUH, development of an ICU and a third operating room at Lloydminster Hospital. Additionally, replacement of the air conditioning unit at Battlefords Union Hospital will be completed at a cost of $1.8 million.

Planning continues toward construction of a new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford, and replacement of Northland Pioneers Lodge in Meadow Lake with a new 60-bed long-term care facility.



For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Linda Lewis, PNHR Communications Officer, 306-446-6625

To print a copy of the news release, click here .

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