Eight teams of health-care providers and managers from around the province have been recognized for their efforts to make health care better for patients at the Health Care Quality Summit in Saskatoon on May 6, 2014.

Among them are teams and individuals from Saskatoon Health Region.

Heather Thiessen is one of four individuals recognized with an Improvement Champion award. Thiessen is a tireless ambassador for patients and families. She has brought the patient perspective to a number of care improvement initiatives in the Health Region and provincially.

Lisa Clatney, the Region’s Client and Family Centred Care Specialist, was also recognized with an Improvement Champion award for supporting a program that pairs patients and families with first year medical students and pharmacy students. Clatney is also recognized for developing a patient experience survey process to help the Region better understand the patient experience. She has also helped create many new patient and family advisory groups within the Health Region.

Members of the Department of Adult Critical Care Patient and Family Advisory Council. (photo courtesy Health Quality Council)

Members of the Department of Adult Critical Care Patient and Family Advisory Council. (photo courtesy Health Quality Council)

The Department of Adult Critical Care Patient and Family Advisory Council in the Region was also recognized for its efforts in the “better care” category. The council has been instrumental in implementing a number of improvements for patients and families in the intensive care unit. The council is made up of patient and family advisors, front line staff including nurses, clinical nurse educators, respiratory therapists, social workers, and managers.
Congratulations to all of you and to the countless others working hard to improve how Saskatoon Health Region delivers care to our patients, residents and clients.

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