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Board Approves RQHR 2017-18 Strategic Plan

29-Mar-2017

The Regina Qu’Appelle Regional Health Authority (Board) has approved the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region’s (RQHR’s) Strategic Plan, endorsed its 2017-18 Business Plan and approved its operating budget in principle. Together, these plans position the region’s work to support a successful transition to the new Provincial Health Authority.

“At our January meeting, the Board passed a motion supporting the recommendations in the Provincial Advisory Panel Report, and committed to work as part of the provincial health system to ensure the successful implementation of these recommendations,” said Dick Carter, Chairperson of the Board. “Transitioning to a single health authority will require flexibility on our part, as well as a continued focus on delivering high quality, safe care every day.”

“In the coming months, we will continue to address both immediate and longer-term needs of our patients, clients and their families, while creating a strong foundation for the future of health care in the province,” Carter said.

“We are nearing a time of significant structural change, but in the meantime we need to continue our regular planning and budgeting activities to ensure we are able to deliver safe, high quality health services to the more than 500,000 southern Saskatchewan residents we serve,” said RQHR President and CEO Keith Dewar.

“As an organization, we want to achieve zero harm, zero waits and a zero deficit. Continued focus on the region’s three key areas of Quality and Safety, Access/Patient Flow and System Sustainability, while aligning our Strategic Plan with the provincial direction, will help us ensure patient and family-centred care continues to be at the forefront of our efforts during this time of transition,” Dewar said.

Within the framework of the provincial strategies of Better Health, Better Care, Better Value and Better Teams, RQHR achieved a number of successes in 2016-17, including:

  • Residents are becoming more aware of antibiotic-resistant bacteria as a result of the efforts of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program which promotes the appropriate use of antibiotics;
  • More patients at Pasqua Hospital are receiving the right care in the right place, with the addition of a new 16-bed medicine unit, with capacity to expand an additional eight beds during our seasonal surge (January-March). Twenty-seven new front-line positions were created to support this new space; and
  • Those suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are now better able to access spirometry testing in the community. Our Primary Health Care teams enabled as many tests to occur in the first three months of 2016-17 as it did in all of 2015-16.

RQHR’s 2017-18 operating budget is just over $1 billion and includes a number of initiatives to continue providing safe, high quality patient care while addressing fiscal priorities and cost reductions required due to the current fiscal climate.

“We will be working with the Ministry of Health to finalize our operating budget now that we have had confirmation of our budget allocation. We are well positioned to ask the Board to approve our final budget by the province’s June 2 deadline,” Dewar said.

“The daily efforts and commitment of our staff and practitioners have been the source of all of our achievements and successes. During this time of transition, their commitment is needed even more,” Dewar said. “The upcoming transformation is an exciting opportunity for us to enhance our commitment and ability to deliver on patient and family-focused care by thinking and acting as one system. There is great potential for the future and significant opportunities exist to improve our focus on providing safe, quality care to residents of southern Saskatchewan.”

The full plans can be accessed at the following link:

http://www.rqhealth.ca/department/strategic-planning-and-reporting/strategic-direction

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For More Information:
Lisa Thomson
Media Relations Consultant
RQHR Communications
Email: lisa.thomson@rqhealth.ca
Phone: 306-766-5332