Emergency medical helicopters now have a new temporary landing pad near Royal University Hospital (RUH) for patients being transported to that acute care centre.

The new heliport located north of RUH on the University of Saskatchewan campus, near Innovation Place, opened this week.  Funded by the Ministry of Health, the asphalt pad is a temporary location for STARS and other medevac helicopter landings at RUH until the completion of the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS). Once built, the Children’s Hospital will include a heliport on the roof for both patient transfers and emergencies, as CHS will house both adult and child emergency departments.

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Imagine if 14,000 employees, physicians, volunteers all made and acted on a personal commitment to try one small change that could make themselves, their workplace, or their patients/clients/residents Safer Every Day.   Read the rest of this entry »

It’s hard for staff to believe that it’s been an entire year since the first patient came through the door of the Convalescent Unit (CU) at Saskatoon City Hospital.

October 7 marks the one year anniversary of the opening of the 28-bed unit 6200 at Saskatoon City Hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

 ​“It just fills my heart. It’s a wonderful program.”

Those are the words of Tammy Wilson, program facilitator for the Food for Thought program, which celebrated 20 years of programming on September 29.

From the large crowd of people who filled the West Winds Primary Health Centre room that morning to celebrate the anniversary, it is obvious that many people are passionate about Food for Thought. Former participants, peer leaders, current participants and community partners were all on hand to mark this important milestone. Read the rest of this entry »

On October 1, 2015 at the 11th annual in motion  and Nutrition Positive Leadership Symposium, school teachers and student champions from across Saskatoon Health Region worked together to find creative solutions to the hard-hitting reality that less than 15 per cent of Saskatchewan children and youth are meeting physical activity guidelines, and only 30 to 40 per cent are eating the recommended minimum number of fruit and vegetable servings each day. Read the rest of this entry »

Saskatoon Health Region’s 2015 Healthy Workplace Summit “Inspiring Workplaces: Creating Healthier, Happier Work Environments” will be bigger and better than ever.

The full-day event will be held October 14 at the Western Development Museum, and will feature sessions led by Michael Kerr on how to create more inspiring workplace environments. Read the rest of this entry »

Safety is a top priority for the Street Works van, renovated in 2014 to provide a safer space for both staff and clients.

The van provides harm reduction services (e.g., education, safe needle exchange, HIV/STI testing) to clients who have difficulty accessing healthcare services or require evening services. Many of these clients experience a multitude of health concerns, including homelessness, poverty and addictions, live high risk lifestyles or want the privacy of evening testing. Read the rest of this entry »

Saskatoon Health Region has dedicated 90 days to implementing breakthrough changes that will make our system safer, called Safer Every Day.

Over the course of three months, teams will focus their efforts on six initial areas.

One of those teams, led by Bette Boechler and Petrina McGrath, will concentrate on Leadership and Management for Safety. Read the rest of this entry »

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