The Prince Albert Parkland Health Region has been named one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.
“We are very pleased to receive this recognition,” said Cecile Hunt, Chief Executive Officer. “Providing a quality workplace is an important component of ensuring are able to provide quality, safe health-care services for our patients, long-term care residents and community clients.”
Now in its 12th year, Saskatchewan’s Top Employers is a special designation that recognizes Saskatchewan employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Employers throughout Saskatchewan were evaluated by the editors at Canada’s Top 100 Employers using the same criteria as the national competition: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. The annual competition is open to any employer with its head office in Saskatchewan; employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.
“Every day, we’re striving to be a leader in developing initiatives that make us a progressive, caring workplace for more than 2,400 employees and the community we serve,” says Don McKay, Vice-President of Human Resources.
Staff members’ well-being is one of the health region’s top priorities. After all, its employees can’t help the 82,000-plus residents they serve if they themselves aren’t healthy. The health region also has a bursary program for new graduates from health care post-secondary programs, which helps cover a portion of graduates’ tuition costs, as well as specific programs for hard-to-recruit professionals (specific positions and/or locations).
The Region also has partnerships with local educational institutions like SIAST and Northwest Regional College for special care aide education. It’s just one of many programs the region has underway to boost its recruitment. Many of these initiatives are aimed at boosting employment among the aboriginal community, which makes up 40 per cent of the region’s population.
For more information or to arrange interviews contact:
Doug Dahl, Communication Officer
306-765-6409 or 306-961-6217