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    Welcome to the Heartland Health Region!

    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. 

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    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).

     

       Outbreaks

    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.

            Please do not visit our facilities if you are ill.

We need to remain vigilant in preventing infections in our facilities and communities. 

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    Public Health and Infection Control Related Information
     
     

    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:

    • Call 911 for Emergencies.
    • Call Saskatchewan Healthline toll-free 24hrs/day at 811 if you have questions in regards to your health.

     We thank you for your assistance and cooperation during this time.

    Current & Upcoming Disruptions in Heartland Health Region as at 9:00 a.m., September 30, 2014 

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    COMMUNITY/ FACILITY

    DATE/TIME START DATE/TIME END TYPE OF DISRUPTION CONTINGENCY PLAN

    Eston Health Centre

    Mar. 09/12 at 08:00

    Ongoing Emergency - No local on-call physician coverage 24/7.
    • Medical direction will be provided by Kindersley/ Rosetown physicians.
    • RN services available

      24 hrs/day Mon-Fri; with 12 hr RN coverage/day Sat-Sun.

    Rosetown Health Centre

    Dec. 18/11 at 07:30

    Ongoing On-call Emergency Surgery – Staff not available to complete OR team.
    • Transfer emergency surgical patients.
    • EMS will re-route if x-ray required.
    Davidson Health Centre

    Oct. 01/14 at 17:00

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    Nov. 05/14 at 08:00

    Emergency - No physician services available.
    • Davidson EMS will respond to calls for transport.
    • 24 hrs/day RN services available.

     

    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:

    Corporate Office  

    301 Centennial Drive

    Rosetown, SK

    S0L 2V0

    Ph: 306-882-4111

    Fax: 306-882-1389

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          2014 Authority Meeting Schedule

         
    Date
    Location
    Jan 31 Rosetown
    Feb 26 Rosetown
    March 26 Rosetown
    April 30 Rosetown
    June 5 Davidson
    July 30 Kindersley
    Sept 10 Rosetown
    Oct 30 Rosetown
    Nov 26 Rosetown

     

     

     

    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.

    For Upcoming Telehealth Events Click Here

     

     

    Concerns? Compliments? Please let us know!
    One way that Heartland can achieve continuous quality improvement is by working with Heartland residents who express their compliments, concerns, comments or complaints about the health care they have received.

    Please contact the Manager of Quality Improvement by phone at 306-882-4111 or call toll-free at

    1-800-631-7686; or by email at Concerns@hrha.sk.ca.


    News Around the Region

    Strains of Enterovirus Begin to Circulate in Canada

    Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of about a hundred in a group of viruses called enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962, but it has not been commonly seen. When they do cause illness, we usually see the symptoms as what we commonly know as the common cold. click here

    JOINT PRESS RELEASE WITH THE TOWN OF KINDERSLEY

    Kindersley Health Service Needs Assessment

    A formal agreement has been signed between the Heartland Health Region and the Town of Kindersley engaging the services of Western Management Consultants to assess the every-day primary health care services and needs of Kindersley and area residents.   Kindersley is a growing community. It has experienced steady population growth over the past five years, with this trend anticipated to continue in coming years. Ensuring adequate primary health care capacity for the people of this area is an important priority.  click here

    West Nile Virus Positive Mosquitoes now Circulating in the Province

    The Ministry of Health’s mosquito monitoring program has confirmed the presence of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus in Saskatchewan. This confirmation, coupled with a human case of West Nile Virus in a neighboring health region, is an important reminder to take extra precautions against mosquito bites over the next weeks.  click here

    Telehealth Program Looking for Volunteers

    The Heartland Health Region is recruiting volunteers to assist with the regional Telehealth program.  Telehealth Saskatchewan is a Ministry of Health initiative to link urban and rural areas around the province. The system is accessible for meetings, education sessions, and clinical applications such as appointments with health care providers.  Volunteers are being sought to assist with the support of public education events in our Heartland Telehealth sites.  click here

    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

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    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 public.health@hrha.sk.ca 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.

    Influenza Vaccine Q&A's

     

    Important Update about Influenza and Vaccinations from the Ministry of Health

    Influenza cases are on the increase. H1N1 is the predominant strain circulating. Children under 5 years of age and pregnant women are at highest risk of H1N1.

    Saskatchewan is implementing plans to ensure that limited influenza vaccine supplies are used as effectively as possible. The province is now focusing vaccination efforts only on children under five years of age and pregnant women who are at risk of severe illness from H1N1.  

    On a case by case basis, vaccine will be offered to three groups of severely immuno-compromised people, such as:
      - transplant recipients;
      - dialysis patients; and
      - people currently receiving cancer treatment.


    These individuals can call their health region to request a vaccination appointment.

    January 10, 2014 Influenza Update (data up to January 10, 2014) Ministry of Health - Saskatchewan Update

    • 618 laboratory confirmed cases
    • 32 hospitalizations (ICU)
    • 7 deaths

    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).

    Influenza Q&A fact Sheet

    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

    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

    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

    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.

     

                                                     

 
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