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Prairie North Releases 2016-17 Annual Report

July 31, 2018

Prairie North Regional Health Authority (PNRHA) is pleased to present its 2016-17 Annual Report. PNHR Annual Report 2016-17 - Front Cover

The 116-page document provides one-to-one reporting on how the organization did in delivering on its plans and commitments for the 12-month period April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. The report includes a snapshot of the volume of services received by Prairie North patients over the past year, and presents the organization's year end audited financial statements.

“The year was another successful one for Prairie North Health Region (PNHR) focused on continual improvement in all the services we deliver and all of the work we do,” said Bonnie O'Grady, PNRHA Chairperson.

“Our Strategic Improvement Plan for 2016-17 set out ambitious targets in key areas including patient and employee safety, patient- and family-centred care, emergency department waits and patient flow, mental health and addictions services, primary health care, and seniors care,” she added.

Among the many highlights were:

  • Implementing the Safety Alert/Stop the Line process that allows anyone (staff, patients, family members, and others) who encounters a safety hazard to stop any unsafe activity, situation, or procedure, fix it if able, and report the hazard immediately;
  • Continued progress toward eliminating employee workplace injuries;
  • Implementing an open Family Presence policy in all acute care (hospital) facilities. The policy welcomes patients' loved ones to be present to the degree that patients wish, rather than being restricted to specific visiting hours;
  • Establishing the RHA's first Patient- and Family-Centred Advisory Committee to support improvements from the patient and family perspective;
  • Improving patient access to mental health and addictions services;
  • Expanding Primary Health Clinic hours in North Battleford to give patients greater access to medical services;
  • Introducing the Take-Home Naloxone program in North Battleford, in partnership with Battle River Treaty 6 Health Services, the Battlefords Sexual Health Clinic, and Ministry of Health;
  • Expanding the Home Support Exercise Program for Home Care clients to enhance well-being, increase mental alertness, and improve muscle strength; and
  • Improving Regional financial reporting and management

PNRHA completed and celebrated expansion of its Renal Dialysis Program at Battlefords Union Hospital with relocation of the services to a new unit within the building. The move facilitated relocation of the Chemotherapy Program to the space vacated by Dialysis. Patients and staff of both programs have benefitted from expansion of the physical space and enhancement of the care environment.

Significant progress was also made over the past year on construction of the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford – the province's only psychiatric rehabilitation hospital – slated for completion in June 2018.

Statistically in Prairie North Health Region in 2016-17:

  • 184 hospital beds were staffed and in operation; 10,733 patients were admitted to hospital, with each staying an average of 5.22 days
  • 1,676 babies were delivered
  • 6,896 surgeries were performed
  • 68,801 people received care in our emergency departments
  • 919,620 lab tests were performed and 46,143 general radiography exams were taken
  • 12,202 CT scans were conducted
  • 30,159 Meals on Wheels were delivered
  • 620 long-term care and short-term care beds were occupied 97.3% of the time
  • 6,900 children were seen in child health clinics
  • 15,909 hours of service were provided to outpatient mental health clients
  • 4,651 client visits were made to addictions services

Further statistics are contained in the report.

PNRHA achieved its goal of a balanced budget, ending the 2016-17 fiscal year with an $87,309 surplus after transfers between operating and capital funds. The RHA spent $288.4 million delivering health care services, operating programs and facilities, managing and supporting its workforce, and performing the work necessary to sustain the Region as an integral part of Saskatchewan's health system. A total of $2.9 million was spent on capital projects and capital equipment purchases.


For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Linda Lewis, Communications Officer

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