It’s now been a year since the province’s health regions amalgamated into the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
The SHA said things have gone smoothly despite some unexpected events, such as the Humboldt Broncos bus crash and Tuesday’s massive power outage.
SHA CEO Scott Livingstone said looking back this is still the best option for the province.
“The more time that we spend looking into things, the more benefit we see that that provincial land is providing us to actually create a system that ultimately will be more responsive to the people that we serve.”
Livingstone said some things didn’t go exactly to plan.
“We knew that there was going to be variation across the system because we had 12 separate organizations responsible for the system at the start,” Livingstone said. “As we’ve looked into the operations of organizations, we found more variation, I think it’s fair to say, than we originally thought we’d find, so it’s a bigger challenge for us in bringing that together.”
Livingstone said over time, work will need to be completed at aging facilities.
“At the Regina General Hospital, we wouldn’t close the Regina General Hospital and do a renovation like you would potentially renovate your house and move out, we have to actually renovate around providing patient care,” Livingstone said. “Those renovation projects are often staged and multi-year in nature, so it would require multi-year investment.”
In the new year, Livingstone said the addition of the new children’s hospital will be an added asset for medical care in the province.