July 30, 2015
Prairie North Regional Health Authority (PNRHA) continues its solid contributions toward improving Saskatchewan's health care system for the people of the province.
The RHA's contributions, achievements and challenges over the past year are highlighted in the Region's 2014-15 Annual Report, released following tabling in the Saskatchewan legislature.
“We are pleased to provide this report to the residents of Prairie North Health Region and to the general public,” said PNRHA Chairperson Bonnie O'Grady. “The report documents our priorities and successes in improving patient care and safety throughout the Region.”
She added, “We have made significant progress over the past year toward achievement in the health system's strategies of Better Health, Better Care, Better Value, and Better Teams.”
O'Grady credits Prairie North's dedicated team of health professionals in all capacities, programs, services, departments, facilities, and communities for the achievements of the past year. “Our team of over 3,400 employees and approximately 130 physicians works diligently each and every day to deliver the care, support and services our patients, residents and clients need,” she said.
CEO David Fan points out that Prairie North's achievements over the past year include:
- Improved access to primary health care (PHC) services for patients with opening of the new Prairie North Health Centre PHC innovation site in Lloydminster, and the return of primary health care services to Glaslyn.
- Expansion of Home Care services for Lloydminster residents with introduction of the Home First/Quick Response program.
- Establishment of clear targets and measures, as well as early success in improving patient flow in our hospital emergency departments.
- Continued patient access to surgical services within the provincial timeframe of no patients waiting longer than three months for their surgery.
- Reaching an operational surplus of $4.1 million at year end.
- Continued planning for replacement of Northland Pioneers Lodge, Meadow Lake and further provincial commitment and planning progress toward replacing Saskatchewan Hospital with a new expanded mental health-integrated correctional facility in North Battleford.
- Reducing workplace injuries and improving staff and patient safety through a 53% reduction in time loss Workers Compensation Board (WCB) claims over the past five years, a 13.5% decline in sick time hours used, and a decrease in overtime and other premium hours used.
- Greater employee involvement in the organization with increased participation in daily visual management.
More information on these successes and opportunities for continued improvement are contained in Prairie North's 2014-2015 Annual Report.
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Linda Lewis, Communications Officer
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