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Board Approves RQHR Strategic and Budget Plans


​The Regina Qu’Appelle Regional Health Authority (Board) has approved the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region’s (RQHR) Strategic Plan and the 2016-17 operating and capital budgets.

“The Board and RQHR’s Senior Leadership Team have been working together to align the Region’s strategic, business and budget directions for 2016-17 on three focus areas: Quality and Safety, Access/Patient Flow and System Sustainability,” said Dick Carter, Chairperson of the Regina Qu’Appelle Regional Health Authority.

“Continued emphasis in these three focus areas will help to ensure that the more than 500,000 patients we serve in southern Saskatchewan have increased access to health care of the highest quality and safety, delivered in a way that puts their needs and concerns first,” Carter said. “RQHR is focusing on those we serve to ensure they receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time, by the right provider.”

“The Board’s approval for our operating and capital budgets provides a clear direction for the organization, with a target of achieving a balanced or surplus budget. This focus is clearly articulated in our 2016-17 Business Plan,” said RQHR President and CEO Keith Dewar. “Our Plan addresses immediate and longer-term needs and requirements of the people we serve, and foundational work that will enable us to accomplish the goals set by our Board and the provincial health system strategies.”

Within the framework of the provincial strategies of Better Health, Better Care, Better Value and Better Teams, RQHR achieved a number of successes in 2015-16, including:
  • Patients at Pasqua Hospital’s Unit 4A are more involved in their health care plan and care teams are better connected through the implementation of Canada’s first Accountable Care Unit pilot project.
  • Patients are receiving more consistent care with their primary health care providers, as a result of establishing six Primary Health Care Networks and programs like Connecting to Care. These networks and programs provide everyday support for individuals and communities to better manage their own health, through co-ordinated health services that are client-centred, community-designed and team-delivered.
  • Through the use of diligent daily management, managers have reduced overtime by more than 36,000 hours over the last year, saving the Region $1.2 million.

“These achievements demonstrate how our commitment to improving patient care can be realized through the daily efforts of our staff and practitioners,” Dewar said. “In 2016-17, our plans will provide us with the support and guidance needed to enable us to continue to build on our achievements to date, always focusing on where we can do better.”

The Region’s 2016-17 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. The Region benefited from an increase of $10.3M from the Government to help offset the impacts of inflation and demographic changes. The Region was also directed to reallocate $1.464M in administrative spending to front line services in long term care.

“The Region is committed to continued fiscal responsibility for the money entrusted to us,” Dewar said. “System sustainability will be achieved through using all of our resources responsibly, working to eliminate waste and adding value.”

“In an environment of increased population growth, combined with changing demographics, demand for our services continues to increase. We are also faced with challenging infrastructure deficiencies and aging equipment. However, we believe we can achieve great things by continuing to emphasize quality and safety, daily management, continuous improvement, and by fully engaging our patients, clients and residents in our improvement initiatives,” he said.

“With the commitment of our 11,000 staff and practitioners in the Region, we will continue to work as partners in a single, integrated health care system, addressing immediate and longer-term needs and requirements of our region and the people we serve,” Dewar said. “Our combined efforts will enable us to accomplish our goals and the provincial health system strategies, while helping to ensure the long-term sustainability of health care services in southern Saskatchewan.”

The full plans can be accessed at the following link:

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For More Information:
Anne Lindemann
Communications Consultant
RQHR Communications
Phone: 306-766-0889