September 12, 2016
Prairie North Regional Health Authority (PNRHA) is pleased to release its2015-16 Annual Report.
The 112-page document, which includes the organization's year-end audited financial statements, celebrates Prairie North's milestones, achievements, and successes over the 12-month period from April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016.
The Report also discusses the Regional Health Authority's (RHA's) challenges and further opportunities for improvement as Prairie North strives to meet its vision of “Healthy People. Healthy Communities.”
PNRHA Board Chairperson Bonnie O'Grady describes the past year as one of continual improvement. “Our focus was on delivering patient- and family-centred care – our overarching principle – based on our foundational principles of employee and patient safety and a Region-wide culture of improvement in all of our daily work,” said O'Grady.
“I commend the efforts, initiative, and commitment of our team of nearly 3,700 health professionals in direct care, supportive services, administrative, and governance roles for doing their very best for our patients, residents, and clients,” O'Grady added.
CEO David Fan pointed out that this year's Annual Report is itself an example of ongoing improvement. “The Report clearly connects our 2015-16 Improvement Plan – what we said we would do at the start of the year – with what we achieved or fell short of achieving by the end of the year,” Fan said.
“Our work targeted four key service lines: Emergency Department Waits and Patient Flow, Mental Health and Addictions, Primary Health Care, and Seniors Care – all in support of the four goals of the provincial health system which are Better Health, Better Care, Better Value and Better Teams,” he added.
Topping the list of highlights for PNRHA in the past year is breaking of the ground and starting construction of the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford. The $407-million, 284-bed facility is slated for completion in June 2018.
Additional 2015-16 highlights include:
- Improvement in Seniors Care with expansion of the Home First/Quick Response pilot program to The Battlefords. The program completed its first full-year of operation in Lloydminster and enables clients to safely age at home with supports and to progress with other care options as their needs change.
- Opening of the new 60-bed Lloydminster Continuing Care Centre (LCCC) built and owned by the Province of Alberta and operated by Prairie North, plus launch in LCCC of the first-ever Adult Day Program for Lloydminster, to provide respite for clients and their personal caregivers.
- Expanding Access to Primary Health Care (PHC) by increasing the numbers of appointments available at Prairie North's six core PHC sites in Lloydminster, Maidstone, Meadow Lake, North Battleford, and Turtleford; lowering the percentage of patients who do not appear for their scheduled PHC appointments; and reducing wait times for PHC appointments.
- Enhancing Access to Mental Health and Addictions (MH&A) Services by revising the patient intake system to reduce bottlenecks and ensure fairness in patient access, working with family physicians and PHC counsellors toward assessment and early intervention of patient mental health issues, and increasing the number of psychiatry clinics for northern communities to better meet service demands.
- Reducing Emergency Department Waits and Improving Patient Flow by purchasing the Twin City Medical Clinic in North Battleford, adding the services of two family physicians, and introducing extended clinic hours and walk-in services. The after-hours option for non-urgent medical services began to take pressure off of the Battlefords Union Hospital Emergency Department.
- Delivering a surplus operating budget of $681,000 at year end, before required transfers for mortgage payments and capital asset purchases.
- Reducing employee injuries through enhancements to mandatory occupational health and safety training for workers. Employees at nine PNHR facilities achieved zero time loss injuries for all of 2015-16.
- Establishing a Patient- and Family-Centred Care (PFCC) Advisory Committee to support PFCC principles, and adopting an Open Family Presence policy that eliminates set visiting hours in acute care hospitals.
- Making progress toward a Region-wide culture of improvement in our daily work by expanding education in quality improvement concepts and principles, and development and implementation of quality improvement plans.
More information on these successes and opportunities for continued improvement are contained in Prairie North's 2015-2016 Annual Report.
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Linda Lewis, Communications Officer