May 28, 2014
Prairie North Regional Health Authority (PNRHA) will spend just over $274 million in 2014/15 to deliver health care and services, and continuously improve the care experience of patients, families, and providers in northwest central Saskatchewan and the Lloydminster area of Alberta.
PNRHA also plans to spend $6 million on renovations and upgrades to its facilities, $2.7 million on new and replacement equipment, and $590,000 on maintaining and expanding its information technology (IT) infrastructure.
PNRHA Board members today approved the balanced operating budget, facilities capital management budget, and capital equipment and IT budgets for the year ahead.
Board Chairperson Bonnie O'Grady says the planned expenditures reflect Prairie North's priorities on improving supports for seniors, maintaining the Region's surgical and emergency programs, enhancing patient and staff safety, improving patient, resident and client care, and sustaining the Region's facility, equipment, and IT infrastructure.
“We are maintaining a balanced budget within the provincial expectation of bending the cost curve when it comes to managing needs and expectations within our limited financial resources,” added O'Grady. She describes the financial year ahead as challenging for Prairie North to achieve the balanced budget laid out.
CEO David Fan explained that the Region must achieve efficiency targets of $3.7 million by the end of the 2014/15 fiscal year. “That will bring us to about $14 million in savings and cost avoidance over five years. We've been able to reach these targets through the tremendous work done by all of our employees and care providers toward transforming our health care system. We have achieved significant savings through shared services, improvement in attendance management and workplace injuries reduction, and achieving continuous quality improvement through Lean and the Saskatchewan Healthcare Management System,” Fan explained.
“All of these activities align fully with the provincial strategic direction for health care and its strategic planning pillars of Better Health, Better Care, Better Teams, and Better Value,” Fan stated.
The highlight of Prairie North's 2014/15 Operating Budget is the addition of the equivalent of nearly 20 full-time positions mostly in acute care, continuing care, population health, and nutrition services.
Key equipment purchases in the year ahead include new patient safety (nurse call) systems for Cut Knife Health Complex and Battlefords Union Hospital (BUH); medical imaging, endoscopy, surgical and obstetrical equipment for BUH; sterilization, laboratory, obstetrical, and surgical equipment for Lloydminster Hospital; sterilization, nursing and pharmacy equipment for Meadow Lake Hospital; and a broad range of equipment for the facilities and sites across the Region.
Capital management projects include:
- Roof replacement - St. Walburg Health Complex
- Roof replacement - Assisted Living Wing, Northland Pioneers Lodge, Meadow Lake
- Relocation and redevelopment – Intensive Care Unit, Battlefords Union Hospital
- Continued development of Primary Health Centre – PNHR Co-op Plaza, Lloydminster
- Upgrading of the Maternity/Nursery Unit - Lloydminster Hospital
- Development of a third Operating Room - Lloydminster Hospital
- Upgrading heat and humidity controls - Operating Rooms, Battlefords Union and Lloydminster Hospitals
- Completion of air conditioning project - Battlefords Union Hospital
- Completion of upgrades – Jubilee Home, Lloydminster (Provincial Urgent Issues Action Fund)
Planning continues toward construction of a new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford and replacement of Northland Pioneers Lodge in Meadow Lake.
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Linda Lewis, PNHR Communications Officer,306-446-6625
For a Printer-Friendly version of the PNHR 2014-15 Budget News Release, click here.
PNHR 2014-15 Strategic Direction & Budget Presentation