Welcome to the Heartland Health Region!
AN IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGE IS BEING ISSUED TO CLIENTS AND EMPLOYEES OF MAINSTAY INN MOTEL AND RESTAURANT LOCATED NEAR RIVERHURST IN PALLISER REGIONAL PARK
PEOPLE WHO WERE AT THIS LOCATION ANY TIME BETWEEN JUNE 1 AND JUNE 22, 2014 ARE ADVISED OF A POTENTIAL HEALTH RISK OF HEPATITIS A Click here for more information.
Located in west-central Saskatchewan, the Heartland Health Region provides health care services to a population of 44,102 people (Source: Ministry of Health. Covered Population 2013) over an area of 41,770 square kilometres. Its major boundary landmarks include the South Saskatchewan River to the south and the province of Alberta boundary to the west. There are 57 towns and villages, 44 rural municipalities and 20 Hutterite Colonies located in the region.
The region’s largest urban centre is Kindersley, with a population of 5,349. Other major centres include Rosetown (3,095); Unity (3,067); Biggar (3,021); and Outlook (2,838).
We currently have no outbreaks in the Region.
Hand hygiene remains a key practice in the prevention of illness and outbreaks. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, particularly before and after patient/client care, washroom use, blowing your nose, and after touching surfaces.
Important Information about Service Disruptions in
Heartland Health Region
Due to the inability to maintain constant 24-hour on-call coverage by physicians in some areas of the Heartland Health Region, there may be several service disruptions in various communities over the next several months. The region continues to work with the local physician recruitment committees and the Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan (PRAS) to fill the vacant positions currently in our region.
If a client happens to present at an emergency department that is currently having a service disruption, they will be assessed by a Registered Nurse (RN) and triaged according to their needs. The triaging RN also has the support of an on-call physician at a neighbouring site should they require direction from a physician. An on-call physician at an alternate site is always available during local service disruptions. After assessment the client may be directed to another facility for physician assessment and support, or may remain at the original receiving site.
Some important things to remember when visiting your local Health Centre:
We thank you for your assistance and cooperation during this time.
Current & Upcoming Disruptions in Heartland Health Region as at 9:00 a.m., August 13, 2014
Heartland Health Region
Date & Location of Authority Meetings
Members of the public are welcome to attend HRHA meetings which are generally held on the last Wednesday of every month. Board packages can be obtained from the Regional Corporate Office within a week of the meeting. Please call the office to arrange for printing and pick up.
The agenda for each Authority meeting can provide opportunity for community groups to make presentations to the Authority upon request. Presentations must be submitted in writing ten days prior to the Authority meeting, in order for the Authority to examine the issues.
For More Information Contact:
301 Centennial Drive
2014 Authority Meeting Schedule
We received Accredited Status in June 2013. To see the Accreditation Reports click here
Well Wishes Program New to Heartland
To send a well wish please click on the 'Well Wishes graphic'. It is located above or on the right hand side of the website.
If you have a friend or family member that is a patient or resident in a Heartland Health Region facility, ‘Well Wishes’ provide you with the opportunity to send them a greeting, get well wish, birthday wish, holiday spirit, thank you and more. All messages are handled confidentially. Upon receipt, your e-mail will be printed, placed in a sealed envelope and delivered to the patient's/resident's room. You must clearly note the name of the patient/resident and the facility it is to go to in your e-mail.
Please note that the opportunity to send a patient or resident well wishes is to be strictly used for this purpose. Other forms of messaging, such as emails containing solicitations, questionable content, or conducting personal business, will not be delivered and will be deleted from the system.
While you may submit a greeting any time, delivery service is offered during regular business hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The Heartland Health Region will do its best, upon receiving any message, to deliver it within a 24 hour time period. There may be a delay in delivery for messages received during a holiday. Delivery of greetings to any recipient that is received after he/she has been discharged cannot be guaranteed.
“A doctor, a patient and a CEO start writing a blog . . .”
No, it’s not the latest corny joke. Dr. Susan Shaw, patient advocate Heather Thiessen, Health Quality Council CEO Bonnie Brossart, and others are blogging about health care in Saskatchewan. Check out what they have to say, and join the conversation in the comments: blog.hqc.sk.ca
Concerns? Compliments? Please let us know!
1-800-631-7686; or by email at Concerns@hrha.sk.ca.
News Around the Region
Region Releases Annual Report for 2013-14
Heartland Health Region has had many successes in achieving its goals of Better Health, Better Care, Better Teams, and Better Value. A detailed look at these successes plus a review of the Region’s strategies, targets, actions, challenges, and results is available in Heartland Health Region’s 2013-14 Annual Report, which also contains the Region’s audited financial statements. The report was released on July 28th following tabling of the document with the Saskatchewan Legislature.
The region is committed to accountability and transparency, and is pleased to provide this report to the residents of Heartland Health Region and the general public. The region is proud of the strides made over the past year toward improving patient care and safety throughout Heartland Health. Our dedicated team of health professionals in all departments, facilities, communities, and capacities deserves the credit for this success, and we look forward to maintaining that momentum through the year ahead. click here
Update on Gastrointestinal Illness outbreak in Heartland Health Region
Heartland Health Region continues to investigate gastro-intestinal illnesses in the Outlook Area. Nine persons were affected with food borne illness, 4 already confirmed with Salmonella enteritidis bacteria. ? click here
Gastrointestinal Illness in Heartland Health Region
Heartland Health Region is investigating gastrointestinal illnesses in the Outlook Area between June 10th and June 29th, 2014. So far twelve persons with gastrointestinal illness from Outlook and the surrounding area have been identified. click here
SIPPA Regional Release
Access to physician care continues to improve for Saskatchewan residents. A new family physician is now practicing in Unity thanks to the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program. Dr. Dhillon (Unity) joins many other International Medical Graduate (IMG) colleagues already practicing in Saskatchewan. click here
Animal and Insect Safety
As we move into warmer weather, there is a lot more outdoor activity, and as a result, a lot more contact potential between animals and humans. With this comes the enhanced risk of possible exposure and illness. click here
Heartland Regional Health Authority Approves Operational Plan
The Heartland Regional Health Authority (HRHA) approved a balanced operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year at its meeting on June 5th, 2014 in Davidson. The Board also approved the 2014-15 operational plan. The Operational Plan and budget are aligned with the 2014-15 Provincial Health System Plan and the corresponding strategic priorities for the region. click here
Heartland Recognizes Hunger Awareness Week
Grand Opening event Planned for New Rosetown and District Health Centre Long Term Care
May 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm click here for more information
Hantavirus Precautions as Spring Cleaning Season Starts
As the weather starts warming up, farmers, cabin owners, gardeners and other community members will soon be going in to buildings (including cabins and sheds), wood piles, vehicles, and other storage spaces, that have not been used since the fall. Unfortunately, mice may have contaminated these areas. Urine, saliva and droppings from infected rodents like deer mice can contain Hantavirus.
Hantavirus is a rare but serious disease that is spread through rodent urine, saliva, or feces. In Saskatchewan, there have been 26 Hantavirus cases since 1994, eight of which resulted in death. Last year the two cases reported in the Heartland Health Region both resulted in death. click here
Joint Press Release with the Town of Kindersley
Review of the Health Service Needs of Residents in Kindersley
The Town of Kindersley, the Heartland Regional Health Authority, and the Ministry of Health have entered into an agreement to conduct a review of the health service needs of residents in Kindersley and the surrounding area. In view of heightened economic activity in the area and the potential for population growth, its location, and the complexity of stakeholder relationships in healthcare the parties want to ensure a sustainable and stable model for primary care delivery now and into the future. Western Management Consultants from Edmonton have been selected to conduct the review. The group has done similar work in other Saskatchewan communities. click here
Rosetown Long Term Care Residents Move Planned for late March
Long term care residents living in the Rosetown Nursing Wing and the Wheatbelt Centennial Lodge will soon move into their new homes at the Rosetown and District Health Centre Long Term Care Home. click here
Reducing Radon in Your Home
Have you had a radon test for your home? If your radon level is high, do you know how to lower it? It is easy and affordable to reduce the amount of radon in your home in most cases. Radon gas comes from the breakdown of uranium, and seeps through the soil into your basement. Radon is radioactive, and causes lung cancer with long-term exposure.
Radon gas and smoking further increase your risk of lung cancer. If you are a lifelong smoker your risk of getting lung cancer is 1 in 10. If you add long term exposure to a high level of radon, your risk becomes 1 in 3. But if you are a non-smoker, your lifetime lung cancer risk at the same high radon level is 1 in 20.
Radon can enter any home, regardless of its age. It is not possible to predict how much radon is in your home. The level varies from house to house, and builds up in the winter.
Heartland Health Region has elevated levels of radon, throughout the whole region. All communities will have some houses that have elevated levels of radon, and two houses next to each other can have vastly different radon levels.
Weeping tile is a good collector of radon gas when the soil is dry. You can also use your weeping tile to prevent radon from entering your house. With this solution, a pipe is installed from a sealed sump pit in the basement through an outside wall with a small fan attached. The fan draws the radon from around the house to the outside before it can enter your home. This system can reduce the radon level in a home by over 90%. If you have a crawl space or cracked basement walls or floors, you can cover the floor and walls with plastic sheeting and exhaust this space. To prevent radon from entering your home through the weeping tile or basement, contact your Public Health Officer for advice.
The higher your radon test result, the sooner you should take action to reduce your exposure. If you have had a high radon test result in the past, contact Vanessa Amy, Public Health Officer at 306-882-2672 ext. 2288 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss some options to lower the level of radon in your home click here for the Public Health Website information on Radon.
SASKATCHEWAN EXPANDING ACCESS TO FLU VACCINE
A large segment of Saskatchewan’s population will again have access to influenza immunizations, following the arrival of a shipment of FluMist vaccine.
As of Wednesday, Saskatchewan is expanding availability of vaccine to all people between two and 59 years of age who are eligible to receive FluMist. The province has received a shipment of 107,000 doses of FluMist nasal vaccine, confirmed it is in good order, and begun the process of distributing it to health regions.
Saskatchewan’s remaining supplies of injectable vaccine are being reserved for infants, pregnant women and persons with compromised immune systems. Injectable vaccine will also now be made available to residents 60 and over, supplies permitting. More injectable vaccine is expected in early February, and will be used for persons who are unable to get vaccinated with FluMist.
“We encourage Saskatchewan people to be vaccinated to protect themselves from illness due to influenza,” Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer Denise Werker said. “Our goal is to vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.”
FluMist contains the same influenza strains as other flu vaccines used in the northern hemisphere this influenza season, including the H1N1 strain. It is licensed for use in Canada for people from two to 59 years of age.
It is not recommended for children under two, pregnant women and people who are immune-compromised. FluMist is also not recommended for health care workers who provide care to patients with severe immune-compromised conditions who require hospitalization in a protective environment.
Residents can check health region websites or call HealthLine 811 to find out when and where vaccinations will be available locally. Health regions will offer vaccinations by appointment or on a drop-in basis, depending on operational needs.
For information on influenza, symptoms and self-care, call HealthLine 811 or visit www.saskatchewan.ca/flu.
Important Update about Influenza and Vaccinations from the Ministry of Health
January 10, 2014 Influenza Update (data up to January 10, 2014) Ministry of Health - Saskatchewan Update
For more information click on the links below:
Ministry of Health - http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/influenza-flu
Saskatchewan.ca - http://www.saskatchewan.ca/live/health-and-healthy-living/prevention-and-treatment/flu-information (this is the new Govt website).
H1N1 Circulating as Predominant Flu Strain
Influenza activity has been witnessed in many parts of the country this year, including Saskatchewan, and health officials have identified the predominant strain currently circulating to be H1N1. The H1N1 strain created a pandemic situation in 2009 and is continuing to experience heightened activity this Influenza season. This year’s Influenza shot protects against H1N1 and other viruses. click here
Enhanced Access to Service for Home Care Clients in the Davidson Area
In order to continue to serve home care residents after hours and on weekends, beginning January 2, 2014, Davidson Home Care will have a Client Care Coordinator on call that will be checking and responding to messages regarding home care services. click here
Enhanced Access to Service for Home Care Clients in the Outlook Area
In order to continue to serve home care residents after hours and on weekends, beginning January 2, 2014 Outlook Home Care will have a Client Care Coordinator on call that will be checking and responding to messages regarding home care services. click here
It’s InFLUenza Season – Plan to Get Immunized
Immunizations are the best way to protect yourself, your family, and those around you from influenza. The Heartland Health Region kicked off its seasonal influenza immunization campaign on Monday, October 21st.
Vaccine is available to all Saskatchewan residents at no cost and anyone can attend any of the available public clinics to receive their immunization. Everyone is encouraged to receive their seasonal influenza vaccinations to help prevent the spread of the virus to others, particularly those with weakened immune systems. click here
Privacy Breach Being Addressed in Heartland
In August 2013 an alleged breach of privacy was reported in Heartland Health Region. The region immediately undertook a full investigation, which included an audit of the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). The audit revealed that health information for 883 patients was viewed inappropriately by an employee. click here
World Breastfeeding Week 2013
World breastfeeding week runs October 1st -7th in Canada. This week is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). The theme this year is Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers. click here
Important Information About West Nile Virus
We are now moving into peak season for the culex tarsalis. Culex tarsalis are a hot weather mosquito; they feed more often and lay more eggs when the temperature rises. Culex tarsalis are also more active at night. If nights are warm, people tend to spend more time outside, so that also increases the risk. The West Nile Virus has been identified in dead birds in the region and so the likelihood of culex mosquitoes picking up the virus from the birds and transmitting it to humans is very real. While many cases of human West Nile Virus go undetected or with mild to moderate symptoms, there is always the possibility of severe illness which can be quite debilitating. There is no medicine against the virus and no vaccine. The best defense against this disease is prevention. click here
2012-13 Executive Pay for Performance Results Released July 29, 2013
Performance Pay Levels
The Executive Pay-for-Performance Plan (EPPP) is part of a total compensation package that positions Saskatchewan to be able to attract and retain health care leaders who can ensure the delivery of quality health care to the province's residents. The number of performance targets vary between health regions. If performance targets are not met, executives can lose up to 10% of their base salaries. If performance targets are exceeded, executives can earn up to a maximum of 10% additional pay. An executive's final rate of annual pay will be somewhere between 90% and 110% of base salary, determined by his or her specific combination of targets missed, met, and exceeded. To see Heartland Health Region's results for 2012-13 click here
Patient and Staff Safety Primary Concern as Mice Problem Addressed at
Biggar Health Centre
Heartland Health Region has been notified that mice have been discovered in the course of new construction at the Biggar Health Centre. The primary concern of the region is the safety of patients and staff in the Biggar Health Centre. This problem is being addressed immediately. click here
Heartland Health Region Receives Results of Accreditation Survey
Following several months of preparation by staff and physicians of Heartland Health Region and a five-day survey by representatives of Accreditation Canada, the Region has received Accreditation. An Accreditation status means that the organization has succeeded in meeting the fundamental requirements of the accreditation program. click here
Second Confirmed Hantavirus Case in Heartland Health Region
Heartland Health Region has confirmed that a second probable case of hantavirus identified in June has now been confirmed as positive. An adult female in the region died as a result of complications from hantavirus. The death occurred in late June. It is the second death caused from hantavirus in Saskatchewan this year. click here
Heartland Health Region Receives funding to Support Surgical Care
The Heartland Health Region is receiving $442,000 from the Saskatchewan government to improve patients’ access to surgical care. The funding will enable the health region to maintain our surgical volumes, enhance home care services, and help patients rehabilitate from surgery they received in tertiary centres. click here
Heartland Regional Health Authority Approves 2013-14 Operational Plan
The Heartland Regional Health Authority (HRHA) approved a yearend balanced operating budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year at its meeting on May 29, 2013. They also approved the new 2013-14 Operational Plan. The Operational Plan and budget are aligned with the 2013-14 Provincial Health System Plan and the 2013-14 Strategic Priorities for the region. The revenue and expenditure plan is focused on four main areas of strategic focus:
SASKATCHEWAN’S HEALTHLINE NUMBER CHANGING TO 811
The Government of Saskatchewan is making access to 24/7 health advice easier by changing the province’s HealthLine number to 811. “People can now access HealthLine for professional health advice any time, by simply dialing 811 from anywhere in the province,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. “HealthLine is a key part of our primary health care strategy to improve access to health services and I encourage Saskatchewan residents to take advantage of this valuable resource.”
Saskatchewan joins several other jurisdictions across the country in using 811 for its confidential health information and support telephone line. The old 10-digit HealthLine number (1-877-800-0002) will continue to work for a minimum of two years to ensure uninterrupted access to the service. HealthLine services are available free of charge 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are offered in English, with translation in more than 100 languages. “Anyone with a health question or concern can call HealthLine,” HealthLine Director Roberta Wiest said. “We have an experienced and specially-trained staff, who can help callers make decisions about their health care options in a safe and confidential manner.”
HealthLine is staffed by Registered Nurses who assess callers’ symptoms and provide them with the most appropriate health support or information. Specially-trained social workers are also available to provide mental health and addictions crisis support.
HealthLine, which is operated by the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region for all Saskatchewan residents, answers an average of 5,800 calls per month. More information on HealthLine is available at www.health.gov.sk.ca/healthline. People can also find health information and advice online at www.healthlineonline.ca. HealthLine Online also offers interactive health tools and decision aids to help people make informed health decisions.
The Heartlander February 2013
A Newsletter about Health Care Services for Residents of Heartland Health Region - Now available click here
Heartland Health Region Set to Resume Influenza Immunization Clinics
The Heartland Health Region is resuming its influenza vaccine clinics effective October 31st. Clinics had been temporarily suspended effective Friday, October 26th as a result of a Health Canada review of flu vaccine made by the pharmaceutical firm Novartis. The review has been completed, and there are no concerns about the safety or effectiveness of the Novartis flu vaccine distributed in Canada. This means that anyone who has received the vaccine this year does not need another dose. The temporary ban on distribution was lifted this morning. click here
Influenza Immunization Campaign Set to Start October 9th in Heartland
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious infection of the airways caused by the influenza virus.
World Breastfeeding Week
Heartland Health Region is pleased to support World Breastfeeding Week, which runs October 1-5. The 2012 theme, Understanding the Past - Planning the Future, is not only about celebrating what the world has done for the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding but to assess what still needs to be done to support women, infants, and young children. click here
Sod Turning for new Biggar Long Term Care Home Held
Residents of Biggar and area are celebrating a major step forward on a health care construction project today with a sod turning ceremony at the new Biggar long term care facility construction site. click here
Region Releases Annual Report for 2011-12 click here
2011-12 Pay for Performance Results Released
Executive Pay-for-Performance Plan
The government, regional health authorities (RHAs) and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency (SCA) are focused on quality patient care and improving the patient experience. RHA and SCA CEOs and executive staff play a critical role in our health system and are being asked to lead transformational change throughout the health system. To encourage this leadership and increase executives' accountability, the Ministry of Health, RHAs and the SCA agreed in early 2011 to an Executive Pay-for-Performance Plan (EPPP) for their CEOs and vice-presidents (and equivalents). The plan measures and compensates for senior-level responsibility to successfully achieve established objectives. click here
Heartland Health Region Awards Tender For Biggar Long Term Care Replacement
Heartland Health Region has received approval to award the tender for the construction of the Biggar Long Term Care Replacement project to EllisDon Construction. click here
Expansion of Telehealth to the Community of Macklin
Heartland Health Region is pleased to announce the expansion of the Telehealth Saskatchewan Program into the community of Macklin. Telehealth Saskatchewan is a Saskatchewan Health program endorsed by The Action Plan for Saskatchewan Health Care as an effective approach to improve access to health services for the residents in our province’s communities. click here
New Board Members Announced for Heartland Regional Health Authority
Two new and eight existing Board members have been appointed to the Heartland Regional Health Authority. The announcement was made this morning by the Ministry of Health in a provincial press release. Board appointments from across the province were announced. click here
Heartland Health Region Awards Tender for Kerrobert Integrated Health Centre Replacement
Heartland Health Region has received approval to award the tender for the construction of the Kerrobert Integrated Health Centre replacement project to EllisDon Construction. click here
Heartland Health Region Awards Tender for Rosetown Long Term Care Facility Replacement
Heartland Health Region has received approval to award the tender for the construction of the Rosetown Long Term Care (LTC) replacement project to Quorex Construction. click here
Expansion of Telehealth to the Community of Eston
Heartland Health Region is pleased to announce the expansion of the Telehealth Saskatchewan Program into the community of Eston. Telehealth Saskatchewan is a Saskatchewan Health program endorsed by The Action Plan for Saskatchewan Health Care as an effective approach to improve access to health services for the residents in our province’s communities. click here