Story courtesy Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan

Children needing to stay overnight at Saskatchewan’s new maternal and children’s hospital have received a welcome boost from a Saskatoon family. Ian and Barbara McNaughton and family are supporting a new Pediatric Inpatient Room at Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan, which is currently under construction. Read the rest of this entry »

“It’s been very fulfilling,” says Dr. Annette Epp of her nearly 23-year career as a pelvic floor surgeon and physician specializing in obstetrics (childbirth), gynecology (the female reproductive system) and urogynecology (pelvic floor disorders).

“I’ve had many moments of exhilaration, a few moments of terror and some moments of extreme despair. I think that’s a pretty typical physician story,” she says, recalling a surgery in her residency when her surgical mentor, Dr. Stan Valnicek – who she proudly says is now in his 80s and still doing surgical assists – gave her the best advice of her career. Read the rest of this entry »

There was no shortage of fitness, food or fun at a celebration marking the 10th anniversary of the Fitness, Food, Fun program which took place June 14 at White Buffalo Youth Lodge (WBYL).

Approximately 50 people attended the event, which included regular participants, peer leaders, past and present staff, as well as guests. Read the rest of this entry »

Imagine for a moment that you’ve been tasked with organizing approximately 8,000 volunteers to work a charity event.

All areas of the event have to be covered and staffed for the week, which includes having people on during the day and at night. It also means making sure that there are enough people working so that everyone can take a break. You also have to keep in mind that some people have different skills sets or abilities and can only work in certain areas. You’ve made hundreds of phone calls and texts to ensure everyone is in the right spot and that all the areas of the festival have the right people working in them.

Now imagine that on the first day of the event, 300 of those 8,000 people call to tell you that they won’t be able to make it in. And again on the second day. And it continues that way for the rest of the week.

Welcome to Staff Scheduling. Read the rest of this entry »

Submitted by St. Joseph’s Home. St. Joseph’s Home, an affiliate of the Saskatoon Health Region is home for 80 residents. St. Joseph’s Home offers daily religious services and emphasis on the Ukrainian way of life.

Saskatchewan is truly a land of living skies, endless fields, and hard-working people. This is clearly evident at St. Joseph’s Home.

We are blessed to serve our beautiful senior population, many of whom are passionate and successful farmers, who, by their selfless dedication and tireless work, built our province by providing bread on our tables. We still are reaping the fruits of their labour and perseverance. Everything starts with one little seed. All life is all about the growth, nurturing, care, patience and love. Read the rest of this entry »

While Saskatoon Health Region’s Safety Alert System makes it fairly easy to report safety incidents, figuring out how and why they happened hasn’t been as straight forward.

Recently, a team of twelve people worked on a continuous improvement project to help streamline the process of reviewing the Region’s level three (harm) and four (serious harm) safety incidents and to ensure that patients, families and our care providers are aware of how we are addressing these incidents when they are reported. Read the rest of this entry »

Almost seven months ago, Murphy, a St. John Ambulance therapy dog, and his handler Jane, began participating in a pilot research study visiting patients at Saskatoon’s busiest emergency department (ED) at Royal University Hospital. Since then, Murphy and Jane have become regular once-a-week volunteers whenever possible. They offer comfort, a listening ear, and more often than not, simply a calming distraction. Read the rest of this entry »

Story courtesy Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan

It’s been over 20 years since they last spent time in NICU, but for three years, it seemed like Vincent and Michelle Dziadyk were permanent residents.

Daughter Toni, and sons Levi and Drew were all born premature and spent several weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Saskatoon until they were healthy enough to go home. It was a difficult period for the young parents and one that they never forgot. While the kids, ranging in age from 21 to 24, are now healthy, it left a lasting impression on the couple.   Read the rest of this entry »

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