Saskatoon Health Region’s 2012-2013 annual report highlights some of the Region’s key accomplishments last year. The report was released July 29 at the same time as other health regions and ministries in Saskatchewan. Saskatoon’s report includes stories on a new surgical unit at St. Paul’s Hospital, a new primary health centre at Whitecap Dakota First Nation and the design of a ‘made in Saskatchewan’ maternal and children’s hospital.

The 2012-13 Annual Report makes for a good read!

The 2012-13 Annual Report makes for a good read!

The report also summarizes some of the challenges faced by health care in Saskatoon. Compared to the previous year, adult and child patient days increased by 2.4 per cent (6,447 days), newborn days were up 4.3 per cent (802 days), births increased by 6.7 per cent (326 deliveries) and emergency visits increased by 2.0 per cent (2,350 visits). Region home care services also experienced significant growth during 2012-13 when home nursing visits increased by 8.8 per cent (18,964 visits) and other home service visits increased by 3.1 per cent (16,335 visits).

“The past year has been one of tremendous learning and growth,” says Maura Davies, president and CEO. “I am very proud of what we have accomplished together.”

On average, Saskatoon Health Region spent $2.97 million per day to meet the health needs of the community. Salaries and benefits accounted for approximately 78 per cent of the spending.

About 68 per cent of the operating funds was spent on services to patients and residents in Region facilities; 12 percent on community-based, primary health, home care and mental health services; 13 per cent on operational support; and 7 per cent on support services and ancillary.

Despite these operational pressures, the Region continued its lean journey in 2012-2013 by focusing on four key service lines, completing numerous mistake-proofing projects and rapid process improvement workshops, and working towards four provincial strategic directions: better health, better care, better teams and better value.

“It’s time for us to reflect upon and celebrate the improvement and the progress we have made,” adds Davies. “It’s also time for us to renew our personal commitment to continuous improvement. Zero harm, 100% performance – these are our shared goals. We will accept nothing else.”

The 2012-2013 annual report is available online at