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Exceptional care, empowered teams, inspired innovation – that’s what Adolf Karakochuk received in the final years of his life. Adolf’s positive healthcare experience also illustrates how staff are embracing and living the Region’s long-term vision.

“I call them my angels, my stars from up above – that’s what they are to me,” says Adolf’s wife, Margaret, of the team that cared for her husband in their home in Wynyard. Read the rest of this entry »

Have you heard a lot about Saskatoon Health Region’s new cellular model? Here are the basics about what these cells are and why the Region is using them.

The cellular model surrounds managers with critical supports – a human resources business partner (HRBP), kaizen (quality improvement) specialist and senior scheduler – as close to the unit as possible, and part of the leadership team. These supports help the manager solve problems efficiently, and prevent errors from occurring. Pilots of this cellular model, developed based on best practice and other high-performing organizations, were held on six units at Royal University Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital a year ago. Read the rest of this entry »

Saskatoon Health Region’s eHealth team had a busy fall advancing the use of technological tools used for healthcare services at the three emergency departments in Saskatoon.

Each month from September to December, electronic documentation using the Sunrise Clinical Manager (SCM) application was implemented in all three emergency departments in Saskatoon, starting with Saskatoon City Hospital, then Royal University Hospital (RUH), and finally St. Paul’s Hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

The Labour Assessment Unit on the fourth floor of Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon is where women greater than 16 weeks pregnant come if they are having pregnancy complications or if they are in labour. Ensuring expectant mothers move quickly through this triaging process was the focus of a recent improvement event in Saskatoon Health Region. Read the rest of this entry »

“From what I can tell, they seem very thankful and grateful to be able to receive the services we’re providing for them,” says Rob Elfar, a Public Health nurse with Saskatoon Health Region who began working at a community health clinic for Syrian refugees in January 2016.

“These clinics are a smart way to provide health care to this group, because it’s a one-stop shop for healthcare services,” adds Elfar. Read the rest of this entry »

The Royal University Hospital Foundation (RUHF) has been an integral partner in improvements undertaken by Saskatoon Health Region over the past year, thanks in part to a new fund they created.

It was last June, after a presentation on Better Every Day at their Donor Grand Rounds, that the RUHF Board of Directors approved the establishment of a $500,000 fund to support initiatives related to the 90-day cycles of improvement Saskatoon Health Region was embarking on.

Called the Innovation Fund, its goal was to provide financial support to these initiatives in real time. Read the rest of this entry »

There seems to be something different this year, compared to last January.

“Don’t get me wrong, it’s busy, just like our predictive model said it would be. The model validated what we have always intuitively known,” says Graham Blue, Director for Emergency Services “And it hasn’t been easy. But, at the same time, the surge in demand we’re seeing at our Saskatoon hospitals this January doesn’t feel the same as other years.” Read the rest of this entry »

Saskatoon Health Region has made many improvements over the past 12 months to help us become better, every day.

Many of these changes are the result of the Region’s 14 Day Challenge and 90-day initiatives, Safer Every Day and Ready Every Day, which focused on improving safety and patient flow respectively.

How exactly have things changed? Read the rest of this entry »

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