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Public Reminded to Wash Hands Regularly, Practice Cough Manners

1-Jan-2014:  Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) reminds the public of the importance of regularly washing their hands and practicing good cough manners.

Physician Coverage Confirmed for Pasqua Emergency to End of February 2014

12/30/2013:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region has been able to secure an arrangement for sufficient physician coverage to keep the Pasqua Hospital Emergency Department open 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the end of February 2014.

Community-Based MRI Service Starts This Spring

12/18/2013:  Patients in southern Saskatchewan will soon have access to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services in a community setting.

Changes to Pediatric Services will Provide Safer, Better Care for Children

12/11/2013:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) will be making changes to Pediatric Services in order to provide better, safer, high quality services to children in its care.

Pasqua Emergency to Remain Open 24 Hours a Day, Seven Days a Week Through End of December

12/5/2013:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region has been able to secure an arrangement for sufficient physician coverage to keep the Pasqua Hospital Emergency Department open 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the end of December 2013.

Agreement Reached to Keep Pasqua Emergency Open 24 Hours a Day, Seven Days a Week

28-Nov-2013:  RQHR has been able to secure an arrangement for sufficient physician coverage to keep the Pasqua Hospital Emergency Department open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Pasqua Hospital Emergency Department Interim Service Reduction begins November 28

11/21/2013:  Patients requiring emergency services in Regina after 7:30 p.m. each day will need to attend the Regina General Hospital Emergency Department beginning Nov. 28.

Patients reminded of options before heading to Regina Emergency Departments

11/15/2013:  Emergency departments at the Regina General Hospital and Pasqua Hospital are experiencing high numbers of patients and limited physician resources.

Blood storage gives STARS Regina head start on transfusions

11/6/2013:  The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) in Regina has become the first air medical service in Canada to begin stocking blood in advance for life-saving transfusions on air medical missions.

Youth provide perspective on urban health and wellbeing

24-Oct-2013:  An exhibition of photographs taken by Regina youth on the health of their community opens Thursday evening Oct. 24, kicked off by Mayor Michael Fougere. The exhibition is called Our View: Perspectives on Health and Wellbeing.

Renovations Begin for New CT Machine at Pasqua Hospital

22-Oct-2013:  Renovations will begin Monday, Oct. 28 at the Pasqua Hospital to accommodate a new computed tomography (CT) machine.

George Reed Kicks Off Influenza Immunization Season 2013

10/21/2013:  Canadian Football Hall of Famer George Reed once again kicked off the annual influenza immunization campaign in Regina today, as clinics open across the region to protect people against influenza.

RQHR Slows Elective Surgeries Due to Overcapacity

11-Oct-2013:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is slowing the number of elective surgeries provided at both Regina hospitals over the next two weeks in response to capacity pressures.

RQHR Renews Commitment to Improve Patient Access Through Community-Based Care

20-Sep-2013:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is renewing its commitment to deliver the safest, highest-quality, and most easily-accessible care to its outpatients in need of surgical and diagnostic procedures.

Panel Highlights Patients’ Contributions to Improvement at RQHR

16-Sep-2013:  The involvement of patients and their families has been essential to the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region’s (RQHR’s) success in its first year of Lean implementation.

Error in RQHR Laboratory Leads to Improved Process for Patient Safety

30-Aug-2013:  Tests may be reordered for up to 15 patients after an error was identified on August 23, at the Pasqua Hospital Laboratory in Regina.

NAT blog Now Closed

7/28/2013:  Special thank you to Brad, Brenda, and John for sharing their experiences while on the North American Tour.

Planned maintenance at Pasqua Hospital

19-Jul-2013:  The operating rooms at the Pasqua Hospital will be closed from 6 a.m. July 20 to 4 p.m. July 25, in order to undertake essential replacement of sewer pipes in the area.

New Primary Health Care Centre Opens in Regina

27-Jun-2013:  Residents in Regina’s inner-city neighbourhoods now will have improved access to quality everyday health care, thanks to a new innovative primary health care centre that will offer after-hours care and link to other services available to clients.

RQHR Hosts Research Showcase 2013

17-Jun-2013:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is hosting its seventh annual Research Showcase at the Delta Regina Wednesday June 19 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

RQHR Commits to Quality Patient Care While Working Towards a Balanced Budget

30-May-2013:  The Board of the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) has reviewed the progress being made in bringing RQHR’s expenditures in line with projected revenues.

2013-14 Surgical Funding Will Help RQHR Increase Surgeries, Improve Services

30-May-2013:  ​The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is receiving almost $32.7 million through the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative in 2013-14 to enhance surgical services and continue to increase the number of surgeries performed in the region.

RQHR Begins Consultation and Planning for Pediatric Services

17-Apr-2013:  To better serve the children in our care, the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region will be consulting with parent/family and health care partners to develop a plan that will improve access and provide safe, timely, and quality in-patient pediatric care.

Clindamycin Susceptibility Reporting Error at Regina General Hospital

16-Apr-2013:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) became aware of an error in Clindamycin susceptibility reporting by the Regina General Hospital laboratory on March 28, 2013.

New pilot survey releases preliminary highlights about HIV and Aboriginal Peoples in Regina

28-Mar-2013:  Preliminary findings of a new HIV related survey among Aboriginal people in Regina were released today.

Community-Based MRI Service Coming for Southern Saskatchewan Patients

26-Feb-2013:  A new community-based Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine is coming to the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) to serve Regina and southern Saskatchewan outpatients.

Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region CEO Committed to ImprovementAssessment after 100 days

20-Feb-2013:  ​RQHR CEO Keith Dewar said today that following a period of review and assessment, he is planning an aggressive march forward to drive down surgical wait times, tackle the region’s deficit, reduce overtime and sick time, and better manage patient flow in the Region’s two largest hospitals.

Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Uses Lean to Deliver Sooner, Safer, Smarter Patient Care

15-Feb-2013:  To support Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region’s (RQHR’s) efforts to provide sooner, safer, smarter surgical care, RQHR has just completed a Rapid Process Improvement Workshop (RPIW), a Lean tool focused on the design of a short stay surgical unit at the Pasqua Hospital.

RQHR Overcapacity Causes Postponements

9-Jan-2013:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is postponing 19 elective surgeries and 23 endoscopies this week due to its current overcapacity situation.

More RQHR Postponements Announced; More Timely Discharges Needed

16-Jan-2013:  ​The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is postponing 10 non-surgical elective procedures and five elective surgeries tomorrow at two Regina hospitals as it works to resolve its current capacity situation.

RQHR Project Focuses Efforts to Engage Physicians

13-Dec-2012:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is launching a unique project today designed to help strengthen relationships and increase its ability to attract and retain physicians in the region.

RQHR Works to Reduce Capacity Levels through Timely Discharges

10-Dec-2012:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is continuing its efforts to reduce overcapacity at its two Regina hospitals.

Overcapacity at Regina Hospitals Leads to Cancellations - second update

07-Dec-2012:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is achieving some success in reducing overcapacity at its two Regina hospitals, but one elective surgery and five procedures will not take place on December 10 at the Regina General Hospital.

Overcapacity at Regina Hospitals Leads to Cancellations - first update

05-Dec-2012:  As overcapacity pressures continue, the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is cancelling some elective surgeries at the Regina General Hospital for December 6 and 7.

Overcapacity at Regina Hospitals Leads to Cancellations

04-Dec-2012:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is cancelling some non-surgical elective procedures at its two Regina hospitals this week as it works to resolve an extreme overcapacity situation.

Third-Party Providers to Increase Surgery Numbers

20-Nov-2012:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) has signed contracts with two third-party surgical providers to help it meet its surgery goals.

George Reed Kicks Off Flu Immunization Season

09-Oct-2012:  Canadian Football Hall of Famer George Reed kicked off the annual influenza immunization campaign in Regina today, as clinics open across the region to protect people against influenza.

RQHR’s Environmental Test Results Are In: Local Restaurant Allowed to Reopen

09-Oct-2012:  Last week, Flip Eatery and Drink, a Regina restaurant, voluntarily closed its doors due to five patrons testing positive for E. coli.

Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Goes Mobile

04-Oct-2012:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) has gone mobile with the launch of an RQHR mobile app button on October 4, 2012.

Renal Unit at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre Grateful for Donor Dollars

27-Sep-2012:  The generosity of donors has contributed to solving a critical healthcare challenge at the Regina General Hospital (RGH)

Improved Physician Access in Rural RQHR

26-Sep-2012:  ​Patients in the rural-west area of the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) will have more access to physicians over the next few months.

RQHR Announces New President and CEO

17-Sep-2012:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) has selected a new President and CEO.

Enhanced MRI Service for Southern Saskatchewan

08-Aug-2012:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) will be getting a temporary, mobile Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine this summer, with service to begin in September 2012. The estimated cost of the mobile MRI service is to be $2 million.

RQHR President & CEO to Retire at End of 2012

25-Jun-2012:  ​The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region’s President and CEO, Dwight Nelson, announced today that he will be retiring from the organization at the end of 2012, after 11 successful years at the helm of the second largest health region in the province.

New SCI Regina Surgical Centre Opens

21-Jun-2012:  Surgical Centres Inc. (SCI), a Calgary-based provider of day surgery and medical diagnostics, today held the Grand Opening of its new Regina location.

RQHR Hosts Research Showcase 2012

12-Jun-2012:  ​The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is hosting its sixth annual Research Showcase at the Delta Regina today from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

RQHR Tackles Surgery Wait Lists with Revised Surgical Plan

11-Jun-2012:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) plans to build on its success and aggressively address surgery wait lists with its Revised 2012 –13 Surgical Initiative Plan.

Region Welcomes New Dilawri Simulation Centre

08-Jun-2012:  Thanks to the support of the Dilawri Foundation and partners, such as the College of Medicine and the Hospitals of Regina Foundation, the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region’s (RQHR’s) new Dilawri Simulation Centre is open for business, giving both health care providers and students a chance to develop and hone their skills in a safe and realistic environment.

Balancing Patients’ Interests Key in RQHR Budget

28-May-2012:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is receiving additional funding this year, though it has also been required to find significant savings through efficiencies.

Annual Inspection Gives RQHR Clean Slate on Asbestos

25-May-2012:  An annual facilities inspection commissioned by the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) has given the Region a passing grade regarding asbestos.

RQHR Receives Funding to Support Surgical Care

23-Apr-2012:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is receiving $10.7 million from the Saskatchewan government to improve patients’ access to surgical care.

Parents, Kids and Drugs: Who’s Winning?

04-Apr-2012:  ​The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region’s Addiction Services will be presenting an informational series titled Parents, Kids and Drugs: Who’s Winning? for parents, on adolescent addiction and recovery.

Indian Head Union Hospital Coagulation Testing Error Update

27-Mar-2012:  ​The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) became aware of an error in the calculation of International Normalized Ratios (INR) generated by the Indian Head Union Hospital (IHUH) laboratory on March 14, 2012.

A First for Saskatchewan - Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Procedure in RQHR

17-May-2012:  Patients in need of atrial fibrillation ablation procedures can now get their care here in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region.

Indian Head Union Hospital Coagulation Testing Error

16-Mar-2012:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) has become aware of an error in the calculation of International Normalized Ratios (INR) generated by the Indian Head Union Hospital (IHUH) laboratory.

Easier Access for Families with New Autism Centre

07-Dec-2011:  Families can now access autism services more easily with the opening of the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) Autism Centre.

First of its kind in Canada: Neonatal ambulance is ready to serve southern Saskatchewan

06-Dec-2011:  The Hospitals of Regina Foundation (HRF) and the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) unveiled a fully customized, state-of-the-art neonatal ambulance which was made possible by a $350,000 donation in the spring from PotashCorp.

Easier Access for Patients with New Pre-Surgical Centre

01-Dec-2011:  Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) patients in need of pre-admission testing and surgical assessment will have easier access to care, testing and services with the relocation of three existing clinics to one RQHR community site.

Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation Electrophysiology Lab Opens

17-Nov-2011:  The Hospitals of Regina Foundation (HRF) and the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) are pleased to announce the grand opening of the Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation Electrophysiology (EP) Lab in the Mosaic Heart Centre at the Regina General Hospital.

Health Region Introduces Front Entry Attendants at Regina Hospitals

17-Nov-2011:  Bringing a loved one to the hospital for an appointment is now a little bit easier, thanks to a new service at Regina’s two hospitals.

Improvements Made as a Result of Critical Incident Review

11-Jul-2011:  The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is implementing six recommendations arising from a critical incident review conducted this spring.

RQHR Hosts Research Showcase 2011

21-Jun-2011:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is hosting its fifth annual Research Showcase at the Delta Regina today.

RQHR Third-Party Surgery Vendor Chosen

15-Jun-2011:  ​Patients should soon see shorter wait times for some surgical procedures as a new third-party surgical clinic begins operation in Regina this fall.

New CT Machine Starts Operating in RQHR

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Clients Benefit from Increased RQHR Budget

26-May-2011:  Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) clients will benefit from enhanced access and safety initiatives as a result of the region’s positive financial outlook for 2011-12.

RQHR Invests in Equipment and Infrastructure

20-May-2011:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is investing new provincial funds into equipment and infrastructure projects, including the replacement of three ultrasound machines.

RQHR Responds to Job Action – Appointments Cancelled

17-May-2011:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is contacting some patients to cancel appointments due to job action taken this morning by the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS).

RQHR Urges Patients to Call Ahead to Confirm Appointments

11-May-2011:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is urging patients to call ahead to confirm scheduled appointments before travelling as the Region prepares for potential job action by the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS).

RQHR Celebrates International Day of the Midwife

05-May-2011:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is joining celebrations in recognition of the International Day of the Midwife today.

New Doctor Recruited for Broadview and Area

21-Apr-2011:  Broadview Union Hospital is pleased to welcome Dr. Vusi Mazamisa as its second physician serving the communities of Broadview, Grenfell, Whitewood, Kipling, and the First Nations communities of Sakimay, Cowessess, Ochapowace and Kahkewistahaw.

RQHR Earns High Grades from Accreditation Canada

20-Apr-2011:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region has been commended for its commitment to improvement and the provision of safe, quality, client-centered care by Accreditation Canada.

RQHR Earns High Grades from Accreditation Canada - Backgrounder

4/20/2011:  

All Nations’ Healing Hospital Reopens

18-Apr-2011:  ​“Following a safety review held this morning, a decision was made to reopen the hospital and resume normal services,” said Gail Boehme, Executive Director of the hospital.

Confirmed Cases of Red Measles in Saskatchewan

15-Apr-2011:  The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health is warning that two cases of Red Measles have been confirmed in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region but there has been potential exposure in other parts of the province.

All Nations’ Healing Hospital Evacuation - STATUS UPDATE

15-Apr-2011:  All Nations’ Healing Hospital in Fort Qu’Appelle currently remains closed due to flood conditions.

All Nations’ Healing Hospital Evacuated Due to Flood Conditions

12-Apr-2011:  All nine patients currently undergoing treatment at All Nations’ Healing Hospital in Fort Qu’Appelle are being evacuated due to flood conditions.

RQHR Increases Space in NICU

06-Apr-2011:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) will add permanent space and staff for four additional babies in its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

RQHR to Improve Surgical Wait Times in 2011-12

05-Apr-2011:  An additional $6.8 million in provincial funding will enable the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) to move ahead with additional surgeries and surgical programming to decrease patient wait times.

EMS Fee Change in Effect

01-Feb-2011:  The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) reminds patients and staff that the following Emergency Medical Services (EMS) fee changes are coming into effect February 1, 2011.

Visitor Restrictions Lifted - Norovirus Outbreak Over at Regina General Hospital

25-Jan-2011:  Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) officials have lifted visitor and admission restrictions at the Regina General Hospital and determined that the outbreak of norovirus at the facility is over.

Norovirus Update

21-Jan-2011:  ​There were two new cases of patients with norovirus symptoms on Unit 1D reported during the past (approximately) 24 hours.

Visitor Advisory Issued Due to Norovirus at Regina General Hospital

20-Jan-2011:  The public is urged not to visit the Regina General Hospital unless absolutely necessary, due to an outbreak of norovirus.

New Third-Party Surgery Contracts Planned for RQHR

17-Jan-2011:  The success of a new initiative in providing selected day surgery procedures outside of the hospital setting has led to plans to extend the service contract and issue a call for a longer-term service provider.

Faster Access to CT Services in RQHR

12-Jan-2011:  Patients will receive selected diagnostic services more quickly and wait lists for those services will be reduced beginning May 1, 2011.