Budget Balanced, Services Retained June 13, 2003 Health Authority Budget Highlights -Operating expenditures will Approves Budget Plan increase by $27.9 million or 5.9% to 499.1 million. $22.3 million of this amount will be directed to salary and benefits. -The Region aims to sustain the current level of operations and scope of services without making major changes. -Capital expenditures for the year will be $9.7 million. -Construction projects in Photo: Medical Media Services process include the Fort Qu’Appelle Indian Hospital The Regina Qu’Appelle Regional Health Authority approved the Region’s budget Project. Planning is management plan at a meeting this afternoon. underway for the Moosomin The Regina Qu’Appelle Regional Health Authority (RQRHA) has approved the Integrated Facility. Region’s budget management plan for 2003-2004. It will be a balanced budget, For more highlights, go to despite projecting the highest expenditures on health care ever seen in southern www.rqhealth.ca. Saskatchewan. The plan was released at a special Authority meeting this afternoon at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre in Regina. The Region plans to spend $508.8 million this year in meeting its mission of What’s Inside being a provincial resource for quality health services ranging from health promotion to specialized care, education and research. Operating expenditures • Caring for the will increase by $27.9 million, or 5.9% over last year. Capital expenditures will Community increase by $0.3 million, or 3.2%. “We very much appreciate the 6.2% increase in funding provided to the Regina • Maclean’s Ranks Qu’Appelle Health Region in the provincial budget last March,” said Murray RQHR a Top Knuttila, Chairperson of the RQRHA. “The greatest part of this increase will be Performer directed to improving the salaries of health care providers. This represents a very real and important advance in our ongoing commitment to the recruitment and retention of front-line health care workers.” • Fifty Plus Now Knuttila said that even with the high costs for requirements such as drugs, new Called Seniors’ page 1 technology, medical supplies and energy, the Region aims to maintain its Healthy Living current level of operations and scope of services without major changes. “Our Program staff and physicians remain committed to providing quality services within available resources,” he said. Caring for the Community RQHR employees in Regina provided a whole lot of elbow- grease to give the Senior Citizen’s Centre of Regina a good spring cleaning at this year’s United Way Day of Caring on June 4. One day, every year, businesses, organizations, corporations and associations in Regina pitch in to help United Way member agencies Photos: Medical Media Services with different work projects. “Besides being a fantastic Helen Grimm, Bev opportunity for the RQHR to Alfano, Leanne Luciuk, contribute to the community, the Bernie Webster, Irene Day of Caring was a chance to get Olah, Helen Wold and to know fellow employees outside Scott Kaza. The team the work environment,” says Glen extends a big thank Perchie, Executive Director, you to Doug Wilson Emergency, EMS and Ambulatory from RQHR Facilities Care, who along with Peggy Management and Drake, Manager, System Wide Anita Lalonde from Admission and Discharge Superblinds who Department (SWADD), co-led the donated materials. Regina employees in action at the Senior Citizen’s Centre during the United Way Day of RQHR team. “It was a lot of fun.” Caring, June 4. Peggy Drake agrees, adding it was great to see so many RQHR Al Ritchie Health Action Centre Celebrates employees volunteer to lend a Day of Caring hand. “The Day of Caring was a By Brian Gieg, Community Outreach Coordinator wonderful opportunity to meet and work with the Region’s The RQHR’s Al Ritchie Health Action Centre in Regina celebrated its clients in their own community sixth year of involvement with the United Way’s Day of Caring event by and neighborhood,” she says. “It partnering with SaskEnergy to host a ‘Birthday Bash Picnic’ at the Core strengthens our understanding of Ritchie Neighbourhood Centre on June 4, 2003. The picnic, open to the people we serve as health care participants in the Centre’s programs, honoured Regina’s 100th birthday professionals.” and featured games, sidewalk art, painting and potting plants, face painting, SaskEnergy’s Lotta, Sharon and Karen mascots, and a The RQHR’s United Way Day of performance by a local magician. Hot dogs, hamburgers, fruit and Caring team included: Glen vegetables, as well as a huge birthday cake, were served. Almost 200 Perchie, Peggy Drake, Darlene participants attended. Hozempa, Margaret Peterson, Analysis and Comparison on the Romanow and Kirby Report e-link is published weekly by A presentation by Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Murray Knuttila, Chairperson, Regina Public Affairs for employees, Qu’Appelle Regional Health Authority physicians and volunteers. We welcome submissions from Three sessions will be held from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Region programs, services and • June 16, Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, Meeting Room 5 employees. Submissions are subject to the editorial guidelines page 2 • June 18, Regina General Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 & 5 • June 26, Pasqua Hospital, Meeting Room 4 & 5 of e-link. For more information, contact: Public Affairs at 766-5227 Everyone is welcome! Call Denise at 766-5433 to register. or firstname.lastname@example.org. Conference Shows Youth the Boy Helps Pasqua Technological Side of the RQHR Hospital Auxiliary Get RQHR Facilities Management Hill, Sask Energy/Trans Gas, and New Wheelchairs showed students in grades 10, 11 Scott Redl, SaskPower led the and 12 that the health region is Region’s session. They presented about more than patient care; it the students with an overview of also has a crucial, highly the Region and an overview of the technological side. technology involved with the It was all part of the Digitized Cogeneration Project at the RGH. Youth Conference hosted by Fourteen students attended. Industry Canada and included “We presented examples of practical applications of technology, and showed how digital technology is affecting the Health Region. Our heating, ventilation and air conditioning Photo: Medical Media Services systems are now completely Six-year-old Nicholas Leslie and digital,” says Whiteman. Auxiliary Volunteer Shirley Brown, “We were able to show the pose beside a wheelchair with nine students how technology has ice cream pails filled with pop can tabs. Nicholas started collecting the grown in the Health Region, and tabs last year, after learning that These microturbines, part of the explain the education and training accumlated tabs can buy new Cogeneration Project at the RGH, were a part of the tour students took that was needed for our workers. wheelchairs. On May 15, Nicholas to see the technological side of the We identified the economic and was presented with a certificate of appreciation and a can of his Health Region. environmental benefits of this favourite pop to start a new participants such as RQHR, emerging technology along with collection. The Pasqua Hospital SaskPower and SaskEnergy. The thoughts on future expansion Auxiliary, and all the folks who will possibilities.” benefit from new wheelchairs, are goal of the conference was to grateful for Nicholas’ significant encourage students to pursue a The students were taken on a tour contribution. career in technology. About 375 of the Cogeneration Project and students from the public and told how the two Microturbines RQHR SOS Golf separate school systems in Regina produce 120 Kilowatts of Tournament took part in the half-day event electricity, which is then reverted Saturday, June 28 held May 6. back to the SaskPower grid, but the Long Creek Golf Course Peter Whiteman, Manager, exhaust produced is captured and Avonlea Building Maintenance Services, used to heat the water at RGH. The $60 golf, cart and meal Facilities Management, Pasqua students commented that this $48 golf and cart Hospital, Doug Wilson, Manager, presentation was both interesting $12 meal only Building Maintenance Services, and informative. All golfers must have a cart Regina General Hospital, Fred 25 team limit 2 RQHR employees per team Summer 2003 Got Questions about the Transportation available for RQHR Employee RQHR Fitness Club? $10/per golfer - seats are Fitness Program Submit your questions for response limited, so book early. to the RQHR Fitness Club’s new Registration deadline is Get into shape this summer by electronic form, available on the June 20, 2003. For more details, joining one of the RQHR’s Muscle Intranet. call Denise at 766-5433. Mix and Aquacize programs. Fitness Club Members are asked to Schedules and registration forms update contact information at are available on the Intranet site, by FitnessClub@rqhealth.ca page 3 calling the Fitness Hotline at 766-5241, or by emailing Not a member? Check out the club email@example.com. Register by taking a virtual tour on the before June 26! Intranet. Fifty Plus Now Called Seniors’ Healthy Living Program The Fifty Plus Program in the promote healthy lifestyles and to often alert seniors to support Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region provide information to seniors mechanisms in the community, or has changed its name to the allowing them to make informed just point them in the right Seniors’ Healthy Living Program healthy choices. We reach our direction.” to better reflect its programs and audience through various ways, Corkery and Nichol are also the clients it serves. including group sessions, drama heavily involved with the fall The process to choose a new name presentations, and newsletter influenza campaign. “We work included consulting the Fifty Plus articles. We work closely with with the Immunization Advisory Committee, holding two other RQHR departments and Department to develop and focus groups with seniors, and community based organizations. distribute resources about the conducting a survey of 236 Client input is an essential vaccine. We also work with Public seniors. Seniors’ Healthy Living component of our program Affairs and Health Promotion to Program was the name chosen by planning” says Judy Corkery. publicize the campaign and then 79% of survey participants. The Seniors’ Healthy Living coordinate the influenza clinics at The program has two public Program also provides some many community locations.” health nurses - Judy Corkery and telephone counselling to seniors For more info about the program, Louise Nichol. “Our goal is to and makes phone referrals. “We call 766-7766 or 766-7767. TeleHealth Saskatchewan Upcoming The Bear Ambulatory Surgical Hospital (B*A*S*H) tent - only one part Education of the Teddy Bears’ B*A*S*H - is always a big hit!! This year was no exception. Surgery, X-rays, casting, immunizations, lab work, and so Sessions much more, were available to be experienced by the children and their June 26, 11:00 a.m.-Noon stuffed animals. Pediatric Rounds (Saskatoon) - Dr. Shoo Lee presents: Evidence On behalf of the B*A*S*H committee we would like to thank the Based Practice Change for Quality following people who co-ordinated their areas in the tent. Improvement in the Canadian Wanda Antosh, Cityview Optometry – Lookin’ Good Bear Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Joanne Burchi, Chemistry, RGH – La-BEAR-atory TeleHealth sessions are held in Leila Christ, Massage Therapy Association – Teddi-ssage Meeting Rooms 7 and 8, at the Andrea Deregowski, ICS office, PH – Triage and volunteer coordination Regina General Hospital. Peggy Drake, SWADD, RGH – Admitting Register at least three days prior Rachel Arndt, WRC – Rehabili-teddy to the event by calling the Doreen Doucette, SWADD – Admitting Telehealth Message Manager at Treena Lazorko, Childrens Program, WRC – We Care for Bears 766-3400, or email: Liz McDougall, Public Health, East Office – Beary Healthy firstname.lastname@example.org. Marlene McKechnie, Radiology, RGH – Teddiology Brenda Fry, Scott Koza and Ken Luciak, EMS – MERV and Transport Ambulance Maclean’s Ranks Jeanie Perkins, OR, RGH – Bear Repair RQHR a Top Performer Deb Rodgers, Infectious Disease Clinic, RGH – Bear Orthopedics The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Colleen Taylor, MPICU, RGH – Teddy on the Go Region is among the best in Win Haines, Respiratory – Teddy B’air providing health care services to Jack Harmer – 16 Medical Company Canadians, according to Dionne Legault-Wilson, Pharmacy, RGH – Teddy’s Med Shop Maclean’s magazine’s fifth Moni Snell, NICU, RGH – Tiny Teddies annual national ranking of health Without their extraordinary efforts in obtaining volunteers and co- regions. Fewer than four rating ordinating their departments in our B*A*S*H tent, the 1925 stuffed points separate the RQHR from animals that were admitted to the tent would not have had so much Edmonton, the country’s highest ranked region. Overall, RQHR page 4 fun!!!! Congratulations and thanks to a great group of RQHR employees and partners. was ranked 16th out of 57 health regions in the country. - Theresa Russell and Barb Beaurivage Find out more at www.rqhealth.ca.
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