Prince Albert Parkland reorganizes senior management structure
Changes to the Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority’s senior management structure were announced by Cecile Hunt, CEO.

Published on Thursday, May 28, 2015
Author: Doug Dahl

Changes to the Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority’s senior management structure were announced by Cecile Hunt, CEO, at the RHA board of directors meeting Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in Prince Albert.

“With the recent retirement of two vice-presidents, and a third vice-president leaving for another position, it was appropriate to review the organizational structure,” Hunt said. “The changes being made will help our region align services and better balance the workload for senior management portfolios.”

The changes to the senior management structure include:

  • Reducing the number of Vice-Presidents by one, with the abolishment of the Vice-President of Operations position, and reassigning responsibilities.
  • Pharmacy, Sterile Processing, Laboratory and Diagnostic Imaging to the Clinical Support Services and Quality Performance portfolio
  • Environmental Services, Maintenance, Nutrition and Food Services, Emergency Preparedness and ambulance contracts to the Finance and Corporate Support Services portfolio
  • Reassignment of Home Care to the Primary Health Services portfolio from the Integrated Health Services portfolio.
  • Information Technology/Information Management will be part of the Finance and Corporate Support Services portfolio.

The new structure will include the following Vice-President responsibilities:

  • Carol Gregoryk, Vice-President Integrated Health Services
  • Brett Enns, Vice-President Primary Health Services
  • Pat Stuart, Vice-President Clinical Support Services and Quality Performance
  • Cheryl Elliott, Vice-President Finance and Corporate Support Services
  • Jamie Callahan (until June 19th), Vice-President Human Resources

Senior Medical Officers Dr. Brenda Hookenson and Dr. Cecil Hammond will continue to share responsibilities.

See attached Senior Management Structure document for more details on portfolios.

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The Emergency Department Quality Team provided a report outlining successes and challenges for improving patient flow in the Victoria Hospital Emergency Department.
Prince Albert Parkland is meeting the provincial target of having Victoria Hospital Emergency Department patients being admitted to an inpatient bed (when required) within five hours of the decision during the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The RHA’s numbers were usually in excess of 90 per cent from April 2014-January 2015, the month with the most recent data available.

The RHA is struggling with other key targets, including time from triage to physician initial assessment for patients who are deemed urgent and semi-urgent according the Canadian Triage Acuity Scale results for the department. For the CTAS 3 (urgent) patients, the average wait time exceeds the standard of 30 minutes, and has varied between 45 and 90 minutes in April and early May 2015. For CTAS 4(semi-urgent) the average has exceeded the standard of 60 minutes, and has varied between 65-70 minutes in April and early May 2015.

The RHA is also seeing a high rate of patients who left without being seen by a physician. In the 2014-15 fiscal year, the number of patients who left without being seen was 2,659 or 9.5 per cent of the 27,879 patients in the Victoria Hospital Emergency Department.
The RHA has received funding from the Ministry of Health Emergency Department Waits and Flow initiative. The initial funding assisted with the addition of seven hours of physician coverage each day. Additional funding will assist with the triage process to help reduce those leaving without being seen, and re-evaluating patients more frequently.
In the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the Victoria Hospital Emergency Department average just over 76 patients per day.

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Other notes from the RHA board meeting are:

  • The RHA board of directors approved the 2014-2015 audited financial statements, which include an operating deficit of $531,703 for the year ended March 31, 2015. The deficit increased to $1,575,328 after required transfers to capital for long term care reserves, mortgage payments, equipment purchases and energy performance loan payments. A significant factor in the year-end deficit was overtime staffing costs due to frequent overcapacity at the Victoria Hospital, and a lack of relief staff available to fill vacancies at regular time in areas throughout the Region.

The RHA board of directors approved changes to their Strategy policies to reflect the new provincial and regional priorities and targets for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The priorities and targets are focused on improving access, quality and safety for patients, long-term care residents and community clients.

The next Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority board of directors meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the Hafford Seniors Centre. The meeting begins at 1 p.m.

For more information or to arrange interviews contact:
Doug Dahl, Communication Officer
306-765-6409

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