On May 10, 2016, the Department of Medical Imaging at Royal University Hospital (RUH) will be rolling out a new inpatient Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) requisition form. This form is intended to not only optimize the use of MRI equipment and improve patient flow, but also to promote quality work in terms of screening patients for MRIs, and ensuring their safety by incorporating a screening form into the requisition. Read the rest of this entry »

One mom says a special event held in Humboldt on April 18 speaks volumes about how much her co-workers care about her.

“This day really showed me, not only as a member of this community but as an employee within the health region, the type of people who work within the Saskatoon Health Region, and just how much they truly care,” said Vanessa Lockhart, who works for Public Health in Humboldt.

Lockhart’s son, Jayden, now aged 4, was diagnosed with Severe Hemophilia Type A when he was a newborn after a bleeding episode that lasted days. In support of World Hemophilia Day on April 17, Lockhart and her son wanted to raise awareness within the Humboldt community. Read the rest of this entry »

Story courtesy Royal University Hospital Foundation

A simple test. It’s a routine procedure that happens hundreds of times a day at Royal University Hospital (RUH). But that commonplace test fulfills a far-from simple purpose. It is the first stage on a patient’s road to treatment.

Most patients arriving at RUH Emergency, Saskatchewan’s busiest emergency department, initially need tests in order to check out vital functions, diagnose a condition, rule out a disorder and/or designate treatment.

“The importance of Laboratory Medicine in the emergency department is that 70 to 80 percent of patients have lab testing done in some way, shape or form. It’s the lifeblood of our system,” says Judy Archer, Director of Laboratory Medicine for Saskatoon Health Region. Read the rest of this entry »

Story courtesy Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan

It was a golden night for children and families at the Children’s Hospital Jeans & Jewels Gala presented by Mosaic April 22. The annual event, which raised over $200,000 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, featured a champagne reception, dinner, candy bar, photo booth, as well as live and silent auctions. Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) nominee Codie Prevost provided the evening’s entertainment. Read the rest of this entry »

When Dr. Mark James goes home at the end of the day, he likes to walk around his acreage, hone his archery skills with long-bows and wooden arrows he creates himself by hand, or don his scuba gear to explore Saskatchewan’s dark green, often-murky waters.

“It keeps me out of mischief,” he says of his scuba diving adventures, which have taken him as far as New Zealand and South Africa, the latter where both he and his wife lived until they moved to Saskatoon in 1998. Read the rest of this entry »

On April 9, 2015, it was difficult to do anything technology-wise in Saskatoon Health Region. Desktop phones, internet, email, and both internal and external websites crashed that afternoon. While the Region’s Information Technology (IT) department worked on fixing the problem with the vendor, and leaders determined the course of action to take, the Region used whatever means they could to communicate with employees, in the end turning mainly to traditional media, social media channels, cell phone fan-out lists, and overhead announcements to keep everyone apprised of what was happening.

If the same thing happened today, there’s another alternative. Read the rest of this entry »

A strong collaborative effort has greatly improved safety for patients and staff at Royal University Hospital (RUH).

A major electrical upgrade was recently completed to the system at RUH, wrapping up over two years of intensive planning and coordination between Saskatoon Health Region’s technical teams and all departments within the facility. Read the rest of this entry »

Health Regions across Saskatchewan are implementing Smart IV Pumps. Saskatoon Health Region, is scheduled to transition to the new smart pumps in early fall. Read the rest of this entry »

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