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State-of-the-art X-ray Equipment

A new ultra-modern x-ray suite has been constructed and state-of-the-art equipment installed within the Dauphin Regional Health Centre (DRHC).  Diagnostic Services Manitoba, Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living and Prairie Mountain Health recently unveiled the new x-ray suite after installation of the equipment and staff training were completed August 19, 2016.

The diagnostic enhancements included installation of a new Digital Radiography Unit. The aged equipment was in need of replacement as it was nearing end of life operating capacity. 

The replacement unit will now offer significantly improved image quality and reduces the radiation dose to patients.  As well, due to the better suite design, patients will have a safer and more comfortable experience getting on and off the x-ray table.

The total project cost, which includes the new digital equipment as well the renovations required within the x-ray suite, was approximately $500-thousand.


DRHC new Xray Suite edit


PICTURED FROM LEFT:  Petr Kresta, Chief Operating Officer-Diagnostic Services Manitoba, Leanne Treloar, Director of Diagnostic Services-Prairie Mountain Health, Karen Trush, DRHC Charge Technologist, and Erin Ash, DRHC senior x-ray technologist.

Annual General Meeting

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 13th for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Prairie Mountain Health (PMH).


The  2015/2016 Annual General Meeting will be held at Elkhorn Ranch near Clear Lake, MB., from
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Dr. Michael Routledge, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer for Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors, will be the guest speaker.  His presentation will focus on the 2015 Health Status of Manitobans.

Prior to the AGM, the PMH Board will meet with its Local Health Involvment Groups and hold its own regular meeting that day.


Remember to Wash Your Hands

Think about all the things you touch in a day.  The light switch in the bathroom, the coffee machine at work, the keyboard at your desk, the shopping cart at the grocery store. Think about how many other people have touched those things? 

Hand washing is one of the most practical and effective ways of preventing the spread of disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). So why do so many people neglect to do this simple task?

According to the Registered Nurses Association of Manitoba only 1 in 3 Manitobans wash their hands after using the bathroom.  Not only should you practice hand washing after using the washroom.  Everyone needs to be encouraged to wash hands many times throughout your day, this includes:
• Before, during, and after preparing food
• Before and after eating
• After diapering young children
• Before and after caring for someone who is sick
• After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
• Before touching your eyes, nose or mouth
• Handling pets/animals
• When your hands are visibly dirty

Proper hand washing means:
• Rinse hands with warm, running water, add soap to palms and rub hands together to create lather
• Thoroughly cover all the surfaces of your hands and fingers (including nails) for 10 to 15 seconds
• Rinse under warm, running water
• Dry hands thoroughly with single-use towel or hand dryer
• Turn off the tap with a clean paper towel
If your hands are not visibly soiled, and soap and water is not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (but ensure the alcohol content is at least 60 percent).

Wash your hands often and help reduce the spread of germs.




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Three New Nurse Practitioners


Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) is pleased to announce that three new Nurse Practitioners (NPs) have successfully been recruited to provide services within the health region. Two of the three NPs were PMH-sponsored students and recent graduates of the Nurse Practitioner (Master of Nursing) Program.

The three new NPs will be working out of the communities of Melita, Ste. Rose and Winnipegosis.  PMH will be providing notification to residents regarding clinic hours of operation and how to make an appointment to see the NP in the three communities very soon.

“One of our strategic directions and priorities involves continually improving access to care for patients, clients and residents within our health region,” stated Penny Gilson, Chief Executive Officer of PMH.

“With assistance from Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living we have been able to support a ‘grow your own’ type of strategy, which sees nurses upgrade their training to become qualified Nurse Practitioners,” Gilson added.

Nurse Practitioners work independently from physicians and prescribe medications, order and manage the results of screening and lab work, request diagnostic tests (like x-rays, CT scans and MRIs), do suturing and casting as well as some other minor procedures.  However, as part of a team approach, there may be times when a NP needs to consult with a physician, specialist or other health care professionals to ensure that overall health care needs of clients are met.

Besides general primary care, NPs focus on wellness and healthy lifestyles.  A NP is able to provide screening, management, education and follow-up for patients/clients that have chronic illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure.   

PMH sincerely appreciates the assistance and guidance of physicians and other NPs that helped recent graduates with their mentorship phases required through the NP Program.

In the Prairie Mountain Health region, there are currently 13 full-time and two casual NPs on staff. They are based in or serve the communities of: Baldur, Birtle, Boissevain, Carberry, Erickson, Glenboro, Grandview, Melita, Minnedosa, Roblin, Russell, Ste. Rose, Wawanesa, Winnipegosis and the 7th Street Health Access Centre in Brandon. 

Some NPs also provide service on the PMH Mobile Clinic, which has been seeing patients in the region since February 2014.  They can also be found working in a variety of settings including primary care clinics and personal care homes.


Read the latest edition of Thrive featuring an article on our Nurse Practitioners: Enhancing Access to Care Within Prairie Mountain Health




Hamiota Health Centre temporary suspension of emergency services for last two weeks of September
Women's Wellness Clinic - Shoal Lake/Strathclair Medical Clinic Sep. 30th from 10am-3pm, please call 204-759-2755 for an appt.
Breastfeeding Challenge on Oct 1, 11am at BRHC Nurses Residence Gym - Come out & support other breastfeeding moms!
Women's Wellness Clinic - Russell Medical Clinic TODAY from 10am-3pm, please call 204-773-2146 for an appt.
Russell - #TeenClinic September 29th at the Russell School from 10am - 3pm
Brandon-Teen Clinic Sep 29th at Vincent Massey High School 1130am-130pm at the Student Services. #TeenClinic
Brandon-Teen Clinic TODAY at Crocus High School 1130am-130pm at the Room 143 (Literacy Room). #TeenClinic
Roblin - #TeenClinic TODAY at the Roblin School from 9am - 330pm