The Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region provides service to over 22,500
residents in the north-east area of Saskatchewan. Geographically, it is
the largest Saskatchewan health region, covering nearly 25% of the entire
province. We celebrate the rich northern heritage of the communities located
among the lakes, rivers and forests of the Pre Cambrian Shield. Diversity
is our strength and we have engaged in many partnerships to realize our
mission of working together in wellness to promote, enhance and maintain
quality of life.
Funding for improved post-surgery care
The Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region is receiving $132,500 from the Saskatchewan government to improve patients' access to post-surgery care. The funding will enable it to help patients recover from surgery they received in other regions. Read more by clicking here.
Improving access and patient care
One of the strategic goals of Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region for the 2013-14 fiscal year is to improve access to primary care services. The health region is collaborating with Northern Medical Services and the staff of the La Ronge Medical Clinic in this endeavour.
During the week of May 6 - 10, 2013, the team created a Value Stream Map of patient flow at the clinic. Value Stream Mapping is one of the tools in the province-wide health system Lean quality improvement initiative. The process involved tracking patients from the time they entered the clinic to the time they left in an attempt to identify where improvements could be made to reduce waiting time.
Enthusiastic and committed members of staff from the medical clinic and the health region worked hard over the week to collect data and then present it in the form of a Value Stream Map (pictured here with Senior Medical Officer Dr. David Stoll). Patients seemed to welcome being followed when it was explained that the purpose was to try and improve the health care experience.
David Watts, Executive Director of Integrated Health, said, "I was very proud to see so many clinic and health region staff totally engaged to try and improve health care for our patients; this is the reason why we are all here."
Based on the analysis of the observations of the week, the next steps are to implement and evaluate specific changes at the clinic to improve access and patient care.
Fluoride varnish drop-in clinicsALL preschool children and prenatal women:
Every Tuesday - No appointment necessary
La Ronge Health Centre
Public Health – Upper Level
What is Fluoride Varnish? Click here.
Found a discarded needle?
Discarded needles can cause injury and spread disease. Pick up and dispose of needles safely. Click here for more information.
Health Care Quality Summit
Check out the highlights of our region's participation at the Summit by clicking here.
Applications now accepted
Community groups are invited to apply to the Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region for funding to implement community wellness initiatives that focus on youth engagement or youth participation.
The projects must also focus on one or more of the following areas: mental well-being; decreased substance use and abuse; accessible nutritious foods; and active communities.
The deadline for summer and fall projects is May 30, 2013. For winter and spring projects, submit applications by October 30, 2013.
For more information, click here.
New number for HealthLine - 811
The Government of Saskatchewan is making access to 24/7 health advice easier by changing the province's HealthLine number to 811. To read more, click here. Please note that the old toll-free number will continue to work for at least two more years.
Diabetes Education Network (DEN)
The Diabetes Education Network (DEN) is a group of community members and health care professionals interested in learning about diabetes together. The next gathering will be held in La Ronge on May 15, 2013. For more information, click here.
Assets in Action
The Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region is part of an inter-agency initiative promoting the 40 Developmental Assets, positive experiences and qualities that all of us have the power to bring into the lives of children and youth. Check this page for a selection of 150 Ways To Show Kids You Care, published by Search Institute.
146. Talk directly together.
147. Be spontaneous.
148. Expect their best; don't expect perfection.
149. Empower them to help and be themselves.
150. Love them, no matter what.
Nursing in Saskatchewan - Resources for Nurses
A new web portal http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/nursing has been created to connect nurses in Saskatchewan and the public to information as we focus on providing quality patient- and family-centred care in Saskatchewan.
Check out the Events page for upcoming events!
We want to hear from you - your comments, concerns, compliments and complaints.
To find out more click here or contact our Quality of Care Coordinator.
Phone: 1-306-425-4823 or
RHA Board Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Mamawetan Churchill River Regional Health Authority will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in La Ronge.
HIV and AIDS
Learn more about HIV and AIDS. Below are articles that are part of an education series appearing in The Northerner newspaper.
HIV and AIDS: The Basics
HIV and AIDS: Dispelling the Myths
HIV, Needles and Drug Use
Smokers' Helpline: 1-877-513-5333
Problem Gambling Help Line: 1-800-306-6789
Brochure: Health Care Safety: Our Priority; Your Role
The Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region staff work together with you to ensure safe health care. For a printable pdf version of our brochure, click here.
The purpose of this Northern Healthy Communities Partnership initiative is to give a pat on the back to people or organizations, anywhere in Northern Saskatchewan, who deserve a little recognition, and would otherwise never be recognized for their contributions to healthier communities or for the positive changes they have made in their own lives.
Anyone can submit a nomination. Examples are endless; the key is positive change towards healthy lifestyles -- active living, healthier eating, promotion of mental well-being and prevention of substance abuse activities. Click here for a copy of the nomination form.