"e-connect SHR Employee Newsletter - April 28, 2008"
Saskatoon Health Region Volume 3, Issue 9 e-connect April 28, 2008 Our Vision: Healthiest people, healthiest communities, exceptional service. Cardiac catheterization lab ‘exciting place to be’ Cardiac Catheterization Services provides heart procedures that save lives. Those procedures include angiograms, which allow medical professionals to look at the arteries of the heart. “If we find that there are blockages in those arteries that are causing heart attacks and difficulties for the patient, we can then do what’s called an angioplasty procedure,” said Donna Jouan-Tapp, Acting Manager, Cardiac Catheterization Services and Pacemaker Clinic. “As part of an angioplasty procedure, a balloon is inserted at the level of a blockage in the coronary artery. The balloon is inflated and the artery opens again. The heart then gets the oxygen supply it needs to function.” Saskatoon Health Region’s cardiac catheterization lab is located in Royal University Hospital. The lab’s team includes five interventional cardiologists, nine Members of the Cardiac Catheterization Services team technologists, three nurses, support staff and an in-patient coordinator, who In addition to working with adult “If it’s a pediatric-type of defect, such ensures patients in the hospital system patients, the lab’s team includes two as a hole in the heart that you’ve grown requiring angiograms are triaged on a pediatric cardiologists who work with up with, they can repair that as an adult.” daily basis. patients age 17 and under. They do procedures that have to do with The RUH lab serves all of central and “We serve the most urgent cases northern Saskatchewan. Jouan-Tapp, a abnormalities of the heart — both first. Whoever is in the most need gets cardiac nurse, said the employees are all diagnostic and interventional. treated first. It’s not first come, first serve,” very highly trained and dedicated, and are said Jouan-Tapp. “The team does things like closures “a fabulous crew.” of holes in the heart. That’s one of the The team also includes an out-patient “I think it’s a very exciting place to common heart problems that can happen coordinator, who assesses the out-patient be,” she said. “What the staff does here with children, and they also do those population and determines who requires really does save lives. It really is heart closures on adults as well,” said service first. important.” Jouan-Tapp. Inside this issue: Auxiliary makes a difference to heart patients 2 Region celebrates Community Day Programs 5 A minute with Maura 3 Donation to help purchase cystoscopy unit 6 Humboldt health complex goes to tender 4 Region recognizes contributions of volunteers 6 We value: Respect, Compassion, Stewardship, Excellence, Collaboration. Page 2 RUH Auxiliary makes a difference to heart patients (Submitted by the Royal University Hospital Foundation) A year of fundraising by the Royal University Hospital Auxiliary has helped to fund new patient database software at the Pacemaker Clinic at Royal Uni- versity Hospital. The software, called Paceart, will allow doctors to store patient file infor- mation in an electronic format. It can be customized to perform a variety of func- tions, including locating patients, sched- uling appointments and providing built-in reporting. Patients and physicians will benefit from the use of the software. “It gives us an electronic patient record,” said Donna Jouan-Tapp, Acting Manager of the Pacemaker Clinic. “When a patient comes to clinic now, a technician checks the pace- maker and then charts the information by hand.” With the new software, patients’ RUH Auxiliary President Lori Isinger (from left) presents a cheque information can be immediately entered for $75,000 to Dr. Carlo Stuglin, Medical Director of the Pacemaker Clinic, into the computer and then electronically and Donna Jouan-Tapp, Acting Manager of the Pacemaker Clinic downloaded into a computer server and stored. by hand. The software will make such the volunteers at the Auxiliary,” said Saskatoon cardiologist Dr. Carlo procedures much simpler and more Jouan-Tapp. Stuglin tells of a recent situation where efficient. “The funding has come along at a there was a recall on a pacemaker and “It optimizes the use of an important very good time for us. the clinic had to locate all of the patients clinic that regularly faces strains on its who had received that particular pace- “It’s going to make a huge differ- resources,” said Stuglin. maker. Doing so was a challenge be- ence for the clinic and for the patients cause all of the files had to be searched “We are very grateful for the work of we serve.” e-connect: Telling our stories What is e-connect? How can we help you? • E-connect is Saskatoon Health Region’s em- If you would like to: ployee newsletter. E-connect publishes arti- • add your e-mail address to our distribution list, cles related to SHR’s strategic directions. • submit a news idea to e-connect, or • E-connect is e-mailed to all SHR e-mail users and is posted on SHR’s external website. • pass on feedback or ask a question • Please visit InfoNet to view our updated sub- Please e-mail: mission guidelines, new online submission form and new photograph consent form. email@example.com A minute with Maura Page 3 Rebuilding our infrastructure Over the past year, • Ellis Hall These major projects will some basic building systems start to address some of the have failed because of the • Royal University Hos- deficiencies of our buildings, age and condition of many pital 1955 Building but they certainly will not be Saskatoon Health Region enough. Fortunately, the new buildings. • Central Laundry Build- provincial budget includes Leaky roofs, broken fire ing $100 million for repair and maintenance of health facili- alarm, heating and ventila- • Langham Senior Citi- ties across the province. tion systems, mould and zens Home other building problems At this point, we do not posed unsafe conditions for • Hantelman Building know how much of this fund- patients, staff and visitors. ing SHR will receive, al- As well, a lack of funding • Rosthern Administra- though we expect it will be in to do basic maintenance and tion Office the range of $35-40 million. This is much more capital with the community. Planning repairs, such as replacing flooring and painting, has • Rosthern Union Hospi- funding than we have previ- facilities at RUH will include tal ously received. consultation with the Univer- often resulted in dingy, unat- sity of Saskatchewan. tractive care and work set- • St. Paul’s Hospital C How we spend this fund- When planning new tings, which are also difficult Wing ing will be influenced by the to keep clean. That is why VFA assessment, our longer- facilities, we will consider improving our infrastructure • Spalding Community term plans for sustainable how we can improve patient is a priority for 2008/09. Health Centre rural health services, and our flow, efficiency, infection overall master plan for how control and other aspects of As part of a provincial review conducted by the • Jubilee Residences we plan to use the three hos- staff and patient safety. We (Porteous Lodge Wing) pitals in Saskatoon. will consult with patients and consulting firm VFA Canada families to ensure our facili- Inc., we assessed the condi- The good news is that In the short term, we are ties support a more patient/ tion of all of our buildings some help is on the way. also making some improve- family-centred approach to (urban/rural, acute care/long- Construction of our new ments to areas in greatest care. For some facilities we term care, SHR-owned and mental health facility began need. We are doing renova- will also need to consider affiliates). We identified the on April 20 and will take ap- tions to the ICU and Emer- implications for our teaching risk of building system fail- proximately 18 months. We gency Department at RUH, and research roles. ures and quantified the cost have issued a tender call for although the changes go of upgrading our buildings to construction of the new hos- only a small way in address- Thank you for your pa- meet current building codes. pital and health centre in ing the needed improve- tience and support as we The total amount of “deferred Humboldt and hope to start ments for the ground floor. work though these changes. maintenance” is estimated to construction this summer. We have received govern- Even with additional govern- be $474 million. This does ment funding to replace the ment funding, we will not be We are developing the able to fix everything. It will not include new construction functional program for ex- chillers at RUH and the fire or improvements to allow alarm systems at SPH and take many years to catch up. pansion of Oliver Lodge, However, project by project program growth or creation which will give us badly RUH. of more appropriate settings needed additional long-term we will make significant im- It will take many years provements. We will make for care. care beds. We are awaiting and hundreds of millions of progress on one aspect of All buildings were as- government response to the dollars to address the defi- our plan to build a more sus- sessed on a scale of 0 to 1.0, functional program for the ciencies of our buildings. In tainable, integrated health where a higher score repre- new maternal child centre at some cases we will replace system. sents a building in worse RUH (which includes a new them. In other cases we will condition. The average rating adult and pediatric emer- do major renovations. In You can contact me at across all SHR building was gency department). some cases we may decide maura.davies 0.26 which equates to a Upon government ap- we no longer need a building @saskatoonhealthregion.ca ‘poor’ rating. proval, the next steps are and can provide services in a or at 655-3320. The range in ratings was development of more de- different way. significant. Saskatoon City Hospital rated .01 versus tailed designs and consulta- Throughout all these tion with staff to redesign our changes, we will consult and Maura Davies Ellis Hall, which rated .76. care processes to better collaborate with the staff and The 10 buildings in the worst meet the needs of our pa- physicians involved. Where Maura Davies overall condition are as fol- tients and families. significant changes are con- President and CEO lows: templated we will consult Saskatoon Health Region Our Vision: Healthiest people, healthiest communities, exceptional service. Page 4 Humboldt District Health Complex goes to tender Saskatoon Health Region recently received approval from the Ministry of Health to proceed to tendering for the construction of the Humboldt District Health Complex. “This is exciting news for Humboldt and area residents, “ said Darlene Eberle, Chair, Saskatoon Regional Health Authority. “The project has been a long time coming and, with this tender announce- ment, residents of Humboldt and area can now be assured the Humboldt Dis- trict Health Complex is no longer just a plan, but a reality.” The Humboldt District Health Com- plex will serve as a model of service integration and will improve the care experience of our patients and clients. The new building will replace the A rendering of the future Humboldt District Health Complex current Humboldt District Hospital facil- ity and will also house a consolidation This project addresses all of Saskatoon Health Region acknowl- of community-based services, including Saskatoon Health Region’s five key edges the assistance and contributions home care, mental health, public strategic directions, most notably: of its significant partners, including area health, health promotion and commu- municipalities, St. Elizabeth's Founda- • Transforming the care and nity therapies. The integration of all tion, Project Advisory Group members, service experience; staff and physicians. health services under one roof will serve to improve the coordination of • Transforming the work experi- This support has been, and will services to the citizens of Humboldt ence; and continue to be, integral to the success and area. • Building a sustainable inte- of this project. grated system. Save your pennies for Parkridge Debit/credit card machine Start saving your pennies. Brenden’s grandfather access now available The Pennies for Parkridge was in Parkridge Centre last campaign will again take place year. Brenden decided to get Food & Nutrition Services is pleased to provide during the month of May. involved in penny collecting, you, our customer, with debit/credit card machine gathering more access in all of our hospitality areas (coffee shops As before, than 116,000 pen- Parkridge Centre and cafeterias) at the three acute care sites and at nies for last year’s Parkridge Centre. will partner with campaign. This local elementary year, his goal is to schools to raise A “Cash Only” register will be made available raise 1,000,000 during high-volume periods such as lunch and supper funds, and this pennies. year’s contribu- service in the locations that have one cash register. tions will go toward Individuals, enhancing the In the locations that have two cash registers, neighbourhoods living spaces payment by debit, meal vouchers and cash will be and departments are invited to within Parkridge Centre. made at one register, and the other register will be collect pennies and turn them made “Cash Only.” over to Leah in the Quality of The campaign will get an additional boost through the Life Development Program. This will allow our customers to make their pur- efforts of a special young For more information, contact chases in a timely manner. We look forward to your man, Brenden Affleck. Leah at 655-3828. continued patronage. We value: Respect, Compassion, Stewardship, Excellence, Collaboration. Page 5 Region celebrates Community Day Programs Community Day Programs are making a difference in the lives of peo- ple living in our community. Community Day Programs are located at facilities throughout Saska- toon and in a number of rural communi- ties within Saskatoon Health Region. The programs relieve social isolation, provide stimulating, organized activities to clients and provide respite breaks for their caregivers. The programs are open to adults of all ages, and offer opportunities for recreation, exercise and social interac- tion. “Community Day Programs are an integral part of the health-care support system,” said Jackie Edwards, Man- ager of Volunteers and Community Day Program, Parkridge Centre. “Community Day Programs en- hance the quality of life for individuals living in the community and support their caregivers. The planned programs of activities are designed to promote well-being through social and health- related services.” Community Day Program participants and Region staff play a game together at Parkridge Centre The Region celebrated Community Day Programs during the week of April To access Community Day Pro- The Region’s Community Day Pro- 7 –11 through a series of open houses. grams, individuals and/or their family grams are currently accepting partici- members work with a coordinator from pants. There are 18 Community Day Pro- Client Patient Access Services (CPAS) grams operating out of Saskatoon To determine which program is to determine eligibility and which pro- Health Region’s facilities and affiliate right for you or a member of your fam- gram is most appropriate for each indi- facilities. About 225 clients participate ily, contact CPAS at 655-4346. vidual. in the programs. Primary Health to welcome Learn more about midwifery services to Region the accreditation process Monday, May 5 is International Day of the Midwife. Join With the hard work of 23 operational teams and 19 Primary Health in welcoming midwifery services to Saska- affiliate sites, Saskatoon Health Region has successfully toon Health Region at an information session on May 5 in completed its 2007 accreditation cycle. the SaskTel Theatre on the main floor of Royal University Hospital. Accreditation is a voluntary part of the Region’s on- going aim to enhance the safety, outcomes and other A midwife provides care for a woman during her preg- aspects of its quality of care, one of the goals within the nancy, assists the woman in the delivery of her baby, and Region’s strategic plan. provides care for six weeks after the baby is born. The 67 recommendations identified by the surveyors A midwife can order tests and procedures and consults will guide the Region’s work ahead and bring clarity to with other health professionals as needed. efforts across the Region. To learn more, please visit Please call 655-5371 for more information. InfoNet or www.saskatoonhealthregion.ca. Our Vision: Healthiest people, healthiest communities, exceptional service. Page 6 Donation to help purchase cystoscopy unit (Submitted by the St. Paul’s Hospi- tal Foundation) The Kinsmen Foundation has do- nated $500,000 to St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation’s Embracing the Future campaign. These funds will help purchase a cystoscopy unit for St. Paul’s Hospital, which will assist in providing care for people with urological disorders. The donation brings the total raised for the Embracing the Future campaign to $5,312,186, or 66 per cent of the $8-million goal. “Our mandate at the Kinsmen Foundation is to find ways of improving the quality of life for the people in our province,” said Todd Bedore, Vice- From left: Todd Bedore, Vice-chair of the Kinsmen Foundation, Chair of the Kinsmen Foundation. presents a cheque for $500,000 to St. Paul’s Hospital Volunteer Board Chair “The cystoscopy unit is an impor- Todd Rosenberg and St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation representatives tant part of the Urology Centre of Alain Gaucher and Karen Pitka Health and we’re very happy to be able to provide this equipment to St. Paul’s Centre of Health. This specialized Cystoscopy is done for a variety of Hospital.” scoping equipment allows doctors to reasons, including finding causes of view the interior lining of the bladder blood in the urine, incontinence, and to “This generous donation by the and urethra, areas that do not show up treat urinary tract infections. It also Kinsmen Foundation helps further our well on X-rays. helps doctors find problems such as vision of a Urology Centre of Health for blockages caused by an enlarged pros- our province,” said Alain Gaucher, Vol- With this equipment doctors will be tate, kidney stones or tumours. unteer Chair, Embracing the Future able to remove samples of tissue campaign. (biopsy) or urine from patient’s kidneys. The Embracing the Future cam- paign focuses on three priority areas: A “The new cystoscopy unit will allow The total cost of the cystoscopy Urology Centre of Health, which will doctors to provide improved diagnosis suite is $1,425,000 ($650,000 for rede- offer advanced detection and treatment and treatment to people with urological velopment, $500,000 for the cysto- of urological diseases; advanced illnesses and diseases.” scopy unit and $275,000 for other equipment, such as a nuclear medicine equipment). gamma camera; and the new MRI and The new cystoscopy unit will sup- port the St. Paul’s Hospital Urology accessory equipment. Region recognizes contributions of volunteers Saskatoon Health Region cele- tions of our dedicated volunteers.” teer placement. The department has brated its approximately 8,000 volun- also enhanced its portion of the Re- teers and spiritual caregivers at an ap- Volunteer Services has launched a gion’s website, and on a regular basis preciation gala at Saskatoon Inn on new volunteer recruitment campaign. posts current opportunities for each April 13. The department is using the motto site. “Because I Can . . . Impact the Health “Saskatoon Health Region volun- of Our Community” as part of its cam- There are a variety of volunteer teers are real people making a real paign. positions available in the Region’s hos- difference in the lives of others,” said pitals and long-term care facilities, as Joy Adams, Director, Volunteer Ser- Volunteer recruitment in Saskatoon well as through Community Volunteer vices and Spiritual Care, Saskatoon Health Region was previously done on Services. To learn more about volun- Health Region. a site-specific basis. Volunteer Services teering, visit the Region’s website, is now taking a regional approach, with www.saskatoonhealthregion.ca, or call “We are grateful for the contribu- more cross-site collaboration for volun- 655-2026.