Prince Albert Parkland reports on strategic priorities for 2017-2018.
The Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority board of directors heard reports about progress and plans to meet strategic priorities at their regular meeting on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Prince Albert.

Published on Monday, July 3, 2017
Author: Doug Dahl

The Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority board of directors heard reports about progress and plans to meet strategic priorities at their regular meeting on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Prince Albert.

“While there are changes coming regarding the organization of the Saskatchewan health care system, our team continues to work on improving access and safety for our patients, residents, clients and staff members,” said Cecile Hunt, Chief Executive Officer. “It is important that we continue to identify improvement opportunities, and to meet provincial and local priorities for quality and safety as part of our everyday work.”

The health region has set targets aligned with provincial priorities for improving access and reducing emergency department (ED) waits. In addition, the Prince Albert Parkland has identified priorities for both patient and staff safety. Progress reports, including corrective actions for areas where targets are not being met, will be reported at regular RHA board meetings. Targets includes areas such as:

  • length of stay the Emergency Department (Victoria Hospital) based on triage scores;
  • improving appropriateness of care plans;
  • suicide prevention screening in long-term care;
  • reducing wait times for reduction in psychiatry clients triaged as moderate and mild;
  • decrease in hospital utilization for patients managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD);
  • increase from 2016-17 values in the number of HIV screening tests completed;
  • reduce sick time hours usage from the 2016-17 usage;
  • improve hand hygiene compliance rate across the organization;
  • roll-out of Stop The Line methodology in all PAPHR facilities and programs; and
  • further implementation of the Safety Management System.

Hunt said that while these priorities are tracked on a regional level, each facility, department and program will also been setting targets that support the achievement of the provincial and regional goals, as well as identifying specific improvement opportunities in their own units.

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Brenda Abrametz, chairperson, has resigned from the Prince Albert Parkland RHA board of directors. Earlier this month, she was appointed the Saskatchewan Health Authority board of directors. Bevra Fee, vice-chairperson, will be acting chairperson.

“As a member of the Prince Albert Parkland Health Authority, I have learned a great deal about how our health system works – both what we do well, and where we need to do better,” Abrametz said in her final report to the RHA board of directors. “It has always impressed me that our leaders – from senior management, to front‐line staff, and physicians put the patient first and willingly acknowledge when we need to better. I want to thank all staff members, employees, physicians and volunteers who serve in our region. You make a difference to people’s lives every day.”

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Materials from the RHA board of directors meeting can be found at http://paphr.ca/about-us/board-of-directors/board-meeting-materials-2017

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The next regular meeting of the Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority board of directors will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in the main boardroom at 1521 6th Avenue West, Prince Albert. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. Please note the change in time for the start of the regular board meeting.

For more information or to arrange interviews contact:
Doug Dahl, Communication Officer
306-765-6409 or 306-961-6217

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