When we think of an elder moving into a long term care home, we often assume that they will stay in long term care until the end of their life. That’s how things used to be. But times have changed.

As one long term care home in Saskatoon has demonstrated, people can go home again after entering their doors; under the right circumstances, all it takes is involved family members, a caring, skilled staff who know the elders well, and access to community-based health and community services. Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Janet Markland passed away last year, but her legacy is living on.

A dedication ceremony with Don, Heather and Mark Drysdale was held in early October honouring a $150,000 legacy gift made in Markland’s memory to the Royal University Hospital Foundation (RUHF), to help patients at the hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

It is not uncommon in most hospitals to find physicians, health care personnel, administrators, staff, and volunteers working together to create the best environment possible for patients to heal. Drawing from their long history of faith-based care guided by the founding Catholic Grey Nuns, St. Paul’s Hospital’s Mission Office takes this concept to heart by encouraging employees to reflect on their personal mission in life and and put it into daily practice in their work at the Hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

It looks like many other patient units – bustling with caregivers and patients moving around the halls.  But what it does is unique in Saskatoon Health Region.

On November 4, the new 28-bed Convalescent Unit at Saskatoon City Hospital was officially opened. The new unit provides care to medically stable adult patients who no longer require the full resources of a complex acute care nursing unit, but still need more time and therapy to recover before going home or to a home-like environment. Read the rest of this entry »

There were many firsts and a last as five teams reported the results of their week-long improvement events, or Rapid Process Improvement Workshops (RPIW) on October 31.

Among the firsts were two reports from the first design and “superflow” improvement workshops ever done by Saskatoon Health Region.  These workshops differ from others in that they are about reviewing a process or a department that is not yet in existence. The real work on these RPIWs actually begins after the fact, as they set the stage for changes to be made in the future. This requires a degree of creativity for the event team, and makes the process more intense. Read the rest of this entry »

Volunteers, donors, and families from southern Saskatchewan all pulled together to raise over half a million dollars for Saskatchewan’s new children’s and maternal hospital last week.

Listeners tuning into the 12th Annual Children’s Hospital Radiothon in Regina November 5-6 – southern Saskatchewan’s largest fundraiser for the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan –  set a new record by raising a total of $540,727. Read the rest of this entry »

She saw a poster in an elevator and decided to take a shot.

Susan Tupper, Coordinator of Integrated Pain Strategy and Research with Saskatoon Health Region, took part in the Hacking Health conference held in Saskatoon in September. Read the rest of this entry »

October 13-17 was Mission Week at St. Paul’s Hospital. Every year, this week of events is held in conjunction with the Feast Day of St. Marguerite d’Youville, and celebrates how hospital employees, physicians and volunteers strive to embody St. Paul’s Hospital’s mission of healing. Read the rest of this entry »

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