More than 90 people in Saskatchewan are currently waiting for a kidney transplant. On average, they will wait 2.8 years for a kidney – that’s 437 dialysis treatments. Many others are waiting for a cornea, heart, lung or liver transplant.

Today Saskatoon Health Region launched an organ and tissue donation awareness campaign to encourage more support for donation and to get people talking to their families about their decision to donate. Read the rest of this entry »

Each child admitted into hospital in Saskatoon is presented with a teddy bear to make them feel better. The bears come from Teddy Bears Anonymous, a registered Canadian charity that operates 100 per cent by volunteers, and supplies bears to seven Saskatchewan hospitals.

Registration staff at the three Saskatoon hospitals get to see first-hand how presenting a child with a teddy bear when they come into the hospital can help them cope with their situation. Read the rest of this entry »

Staff at a long term care home in Wynyard kept calm and carried on while dealing with an emergency last weekend.

A Code Red was called at Golden Acres Nursing Home, part of the Wynyard Integrated Facility, just after 8 p.m. on December 13 after staff members saw smoke coming from the ventilation system. Read the rest of this entry »

The Wynyard Hospital Auxiliary hosted another hugely successful Festival of Wreaths this fall. The auction, the culmination of the festival, was held December 11, and attracted a large crowd of people to the Wynyard Civic Centre.

Though final numbers aren’t yet known, it is estimated that the 79 auction items donated to the Festival raised approximately $13,000, and that’s before adding the $3,000 in matching funds promised by the Scotiabank in Wynyard. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season at Saskatoon Health Region Facilities, thanks to the decorating efforts of staff.

So far, three departments have let the Region Reporter know about their decorating efforts. Read the rest of this entry »

Caring for Saskatchewan’s tiniest patients is anything but an easy job.

Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) need constant monitoring and 24-hour care, making for long shifts and high levels of stress for neonatal caregivers. But ask any NICU staff member you meet how they like their job and they will tell you it’s the best job in the world.

With the announcement of a generous $200,000 donation to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, presented on November 28, 2014 in a room just off of the NICU, the G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation is giving back to the incredible people that are saving the lives of Saskatchewan’s most vulnerable babies. This gift will support the creation of a staff lounge and quiet room located in the NICU at Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. Read the rest of this entry »

Three foundational and two design Rapid Process Improvement Workshops (RPIWs) reported out in the last session of 2014, held December 5.

The three foundational RPIWs, the first held in three different areas, show that small changes can make a big difference for staff and for our clients and patients, stated Jackie Mann, Interim President and CEO of Saskatoon Health Region at the report-out. Read the rest of this entry »

On November 26, the Saskatchewan government introduced amendments to The Health Information Protection Act (HIPA) to better protect personal health information. The changes have definite implications for health care workers. Read the rest of this entry »

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