Community Connections

  • January 14, 2015

    This is our Community a Celebration of Cultures

    Community Connections is pleased to invite you to our 4th annual event "This is our Community a Celebration of Cultures".  This event will be held on March 15, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Glencairn Neighborhood Centre - 2626 Dewdney Ave. East

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  • September 14, 2012

    Special Olympic Truck Convoy & Truck Pull

    A TRUCK CONVOY of close to 70 trucks with large trailers left Saskatoon in the morning and arrived in Regina at the Turvey Centre at 1pm.

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  • September 8, 2012

    Canadian Paraplegic Association Relay

    I was honoured to attend and bring greetings to this fun event

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  • Chinese Freemasons of Regina

    We were pleased to attend their 4th Anniversary Banquet and Celebration

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  • June 23, 2012

    Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration

    I had the honor of attending the Opening Ceremonies of the National Aboriginal Day Live & Celebrations.

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  • K+S Potash Legacy Mine Ground Breaking Ceremony

    K+S Legacy Project near Bethune, Saskatchewan

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  • Feed the Kids Night

    At North Central Family Centre.

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JUNE 21, 2013

SASKATCHEWAN RECOGNIZED FOR REDUCED ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY WAITS

Updated Wait Times Numbers Show Continued Progress

The Government of Saskatchewan has received the Canadian Orthopaedic Association Award of Merit for leading the country in wait time reductions for orthopedic surgery on bone, muscle and joint conditions.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan accepted the award Thursday night at the annual conference for orthopedic surgeons in Winnipeg.

“It is gratifying that all the innovation and hard work being done in this province to provide surgery for patients sooner is being recognized,” Duncan said.  “The number of patients waiting more than six months for orthopedic surgery has fallen from 2,700 down to 775 in the past three years.  The teams of health professionals whose innovation and collaboration made this possible deserve our thanks.”

The latest provincial wait times numbers (to April 30) show continued progress toward Saskatchewan’s goal of offering all surgical patients a procedure within three months.

Since 2007, the number of all patients waiting more than three months for surgery has fallen 56 per cent (from 15,357 to 6,723, or 8,625 fewer patients waiting).  The reduction since the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative was launched in April 2010 is also 56 per cent.

“I am encouraged by the commitment the Saskatchewan government has  shown to 'taming the queue' by dismantling barriers to orthopaedic patients' timely access to surgical care,” Canadian Orthopaedic Association President Dr. Geoffrey Johnston said.  “This was achieved when all parties agreed to put the patient first, sharing information, communication and collaboration, and integrating improved models of care.  I hope that other provinces will respond in kind.”

As of April 30, 18,824 patients were waiting for surgery in the province, down from 26,739 in November 2007 and from 27,580 when the Surgical Initiative was launched in April 2010.

Thanks to a $70.5 million provincial investment in surgical care in the 2013-14 fiscal year, about 89,000 surgeries will be performed in Saskatchewan this year, an increase of 7,000 from last year.

Information about the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative is available at www.sasksurgery.ca.  The website also features the Specialist Directory, which empowers patients and their primary care providers to compare options for surgical care.

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For more information, contact:

Tyler McMurchy
Health
Regina
Phone: 306-787-4083

 

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