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New ER Wait Times Funding Will Expand Accountable Care Teams
Health Minister Jim Reiter announced today that a portion of new funding to improve emergency department wait times will be used to expand the innovative Accountable Care model of inpatient care. A new investment of $12 million to improve emergency department wait times was announced in last week’s budget.
“This innovative, team-based model of inpatient care that was successfully introduced here at the Pasqua Hospital will now spread to other hospital wards in Regina and Saskatoon,” Reiter said. “This approach improves safety and helps patients leave hospitals sooner and with less chance of a return visit.”
The first step in the transformation to a new model of team-based patient care began with a pilot project at Regina’s Pasqua Hospital in January 2016. A second ward in Regina has adopted this team-based approach, with additional wards making preparations. Saskatoon Health Region is also planning the creation of collaborative teams in its major hospitals, based on what has been learned in Regina.
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| Shirley Xie
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