What used to take hours now takes minutes; what was once reactive is now proactive.

Saskatoon Health Region’s Scheduling Department looks after the staffing of 7,000 employees (roughly half the employees of the Region) in both urban and rural facilities. There are about 60 schedulers in the Staff Scheduling department working in Saskatoon and Humboldt. Read the rest of this entry »

Roadwork to allow for further construction of the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan has begun at Royal University Hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

A donation made in honour of a much-loved rheumatologist will go on helping patients at St. Paul’s Hospital.

On October 8, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation announced a $150,000 donation made in honour of Dr. Janet Markland, a specialist in rheumatology who dedicated years of her life to providing compassionate care.  The gift supports a variety of immediate equipment purchases for the St. Paul’s physiotherapy department, as well as ongoing education and professional development for the department over the next 10 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Last year, a rural health care team jumped into action to better serve their patients; 18 months later, their efforts are making a huge difference to the care provided in Wadena.

In January 2013, the Wadena Primary Health Care team began a project in hopes of developing a systematic approach to managing care and supporting Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients and clients in acute and primary care. Read the rest of this entry »

“If we did have a case of Ebola today, I think we’d be prepared to meet the challenges.”

That’s what Saskatoon Health Region Deputy Medical Health Officer Dr. Johnmark Opondo told media during a scrum on October 16. Read the rest of this entry »

Ironically, he was at a competition for some of the fittest people in North America when he got the flu.

Steven Lund, 21, began to feel unwell when he was participating in a Crossfit competition in St. Cloud, Minnesota in mid-September.

“It’s started off after one event. I had a sore throat. I thought it was just because the air was so dry where we were competing –  a hockey rink without the ice,” reported Lund, who also referees hockey at high levels. Read the rest of this entry »

Karen Siermachesky knows what’s like to be on either side of the health care equation. She’s been a Registered Nurse for 30 years – 29 of those spent in Public Health. And she’s a breast cancer survivor.

Siermachesky, who works out of the Humboldt District Health Complex, is an advocate for the flu shot, and for the Government of Saskatchewan’s new Immunize or Mask policy for health care workers because of her work and because of her experience using the health care system. Read the rest of this entry »

Bravo! Bravo!

Staff, volunteers and physicians in Saskatoon Health Region got a pat on the back from their peers and colleagues last week.

The Region hosted the 2014 BRAVO staff recognition program ceremonies on October 7 in front of a packed house of over 600 people at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. Read the rest of this entry »

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