A specific effort is being made by Saskatoon Health Region to gain feedback from physicians and medical residents through a series of forums held at Saskatoon hospitals and online.

“We wanted a chance to speak with physicians and residents about how we can better generate and test more of their ideas, and communicate with each other more effectively,” said Dan Florizone, CEO and President of Saskatoon.

Dan Florizone, CEO of Saskatoon Health Region, is meeting with physicians in a series of town hall meetings. The first was held at St. Paul’s Hospital on February 10, 2015.

Dan Florizone, CEO of Saskatoon Health Region, is meeting with physicians in a series of town hall meetings. The first was held at St. Paul’s Hospital on February 10, 2015.

As part of the Better Every Day 14 Day Challenge the Region embarked on to address the overcapacity situation in Saskatoon hospitals, we have set some aggressive targets to eliminate temporary care pods, hallway medicine and long waits for patients admitted to the hospital from the emergency room.

“We’re taking a patient-centred approach and want to do things in a way that improves patient satisfaction along with staff and provider engagement,” Florizone said.  “But what is missing for me is physician voices, which is why we have set up these forums.”

Florizone is planning to ask a number of questions at these forums to spark discussion about the challenge and how physicians can get involved. We want to know where they see the bottlenecks to patient flow, the challenges they experience every day, and if there is anything the Region could be doing today to make patient flow simpler, and a patient’s experience better.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity that is being presented to physicians to be a part of the Better Every Day 14-day challenge,” said Dr. George Pylypchuk, who is co-leading one of the six vice-president-led teams working on this initiative. “The physicians are a vital part of the patient experience and we need to hear from them to see how this 14-day initiative might impact their patients. We absolutely need their perspective to ensure the initiatives that arise from this 14-day challenge will produce positive results.”

“Engaging physicians early and at every stage of programs such as the Better Every Day initiative is critical to the success of these programs,” said Dr. Dalibor Slavik, President of the Saskatchewan Medical Association. “Listening to all physicians, from residents to those nearing retirement, will reveal important issues in the health care system and what is affecting them, their colleagues and, most importantly, their patients.”

For more stories and information about the Better Every Day 14 Day Challenge, visit www.saskatoonhealthregion.ca/news.