“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 »

What once took an entire day has been reworked, rejigged, and revamped to take only half that time.

Kaizen means continuous improvement, and Kaizen Basics is a course that introduces Saskatoon Health Region employees and physicians to the Lean-based Saskatchewan Health-Care Management System. Previously, it took an entire working day – from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – to complete the course. Read the rest of this entry »

Living through the tough economic times of the Dirty Thirties and two World Wars taught Harold and Vilda Latrace the importance of caring for family, and that you should treat others as you would like to be treated.

On October 7, with a generous $250,000 donation to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, the Harold and Vilda Latrace family continue to honour their parent’s caring values by offering support to Saskatchewan children and families when they need it most. Read the rest of this entry »

Roads around Royal University Hospital (RUH) will be changing soon as the construction of the new maternal and children’s hospital gets underway. Read the rest of this entry »

There was a lot of celebrating last week as seven Saskatoon Health Region teams reported the results of their week-long improvement events. The teams brought together patients, employees and physicians focused on improving specific aspects of how we provide care and services. The Region has so far hosted 101 of these events, and more are being held every month; all have resulted in achievements to celebrate. Read the rest of this entry »

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