Stroke patients have different needs than most others in the health system, including when it comes to end-of-life care.

The staff of the neurology unit at Royal University Hospital (RUH) understand these different needs and have worked together to create a package of information for patients, physicians and families. Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Haissam Haddad says the best advice he’s received is to never quit.

“My father told me that,” says the unified head of medicine for the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon Health Region.

It is advice he has taken to heart every day since immigrating to Canada from Syria 30 years ago with his bride. Although his wife was fluent in English when they arrived in Canada in 1986, having immigrated to Halifax with her family as an adolescent, her husband was not. Read the rest of this entry »

“He’s a little Picasso,” says Susan Fidek of her 16-year-old son, Jonathan. “He loves to paint. I think he spent the majority of the day yesterday in the art room.”

Jonathan is part of a special group of kids who attend a one-week therapeutic summer camp through the Alvin Buckwold Child Development Program, which serves children between the ages of 0 and 18 who display or are at significant risk for developmental, cognitive and/or physical challenges. Read the rest of this entry »

Kamille is one of the many children at the Alvin Buckwold Child Development Program (ABCDP) who is benefitting from two overhead ceiling track lifts that were donated to the program in July 2016 by MEDIchair, a company that provides customized products (e.g., wheelchairs, walkers, ramps) to clients with mobility challenges. Read the rest of this entry »

Reprinted with permission from The Life Line, SPH Staff Newsletter

By Jean Morrison, President and CEO of St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon Health Region

This spring, I received an email from Dr. Morris Markentin, informing me that one of the residents who had stayed at Sanctum Care Home had passed away. Dr. Markentin said the resident was a very special person who influenced Sanctum more than they helped her, and had taught him something that he had thought he already knew. Read the rest of this entry »

“I know of specific instances when people’s lives have been saved because of quick access to a physician consultant’s advice,” says Lisa Weir, superintendent of Saskatoon Health Region’s Acute Care Access Line (ACAL), run by M.D. Communications at M.D. Ambulance.

“Let’s say there’s a car accident in North Battleford. Initially, the injured will be taken to the local hospital and assessed by the emergency room doctor,” Weir says. Read the rest of this entry »

“We’re navigators and case managers,” says Marg Sanderson of the more than 80 client care coordinators who help patients and families navigate an often complex healthcare system.

“Many times when people call us they don’t provide us with a lot of information, so we have to figure out what we need to know to initiate the services that are going to help them,” says Sanderson, the acute care educator with Client Patient Access Services (CPAS). Read the rest of this entry »

Story courtesy Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan

It’s been a total whirlwind for 11-year-old Bella Arcand since she was chosen to throw the first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays game just a few weeks ago. But she wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Saskatoon girl from the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation took the mound at Rogers Centre August 9 when the Blue Jays took on the Tampa Bay Rays. She was be joined by her mom Bev, little sister Ava, and 25 members of her extended family who traveled from across the country to see her big moment.  What’s remarkable about Bella’s story is that just three short years ago, she underwent a headline-making surgery to disconnect half of her brain to treat a rare neurological disease called Rasmussen’s Encephalitis (RE). Read the rest of this entry »

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