Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on October 30, 2018 in Brandon with about 70 people in attendance. PMH was pleased to report on the region’s sixth year of operation for the fiscal year of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. The period marked the second year within the PMH 2016-2021 Strategic Plan, which is revised every five years.
Some regional highlights:
• Changes to the health care system are underway to ensure access to consistent, reliable care across the province. Ian Shaw, guest speaker and leader of the Health System Transformation process in Manitoba, presented on why the need for change is necessary. In June 2017, the Province announced the creation of Shared Health to support a better-connected provincial planning process. Regional Health Authorities will continue to be responsible for the delivery of health care services. Ian Shaw, Penny Gilson (PMH CEO), Brian Schoonbaert (PMH Chief Financial Officer) and Brock Wright (President and CEO Shared Health) all participated as part of a panel to address questions from the audience.
• PMH audited financial statements showed a surplus of just over $2.2-million for 2017/2018.
• Several key capital projects remain in varying stages across the region. They include the $13.75 million Brandon Regional Health Centre (BRHC) Redevelopment. The opening of a new pediatric ward in May 2017 was a significant milestone. It’s anticipated the entire construction project will be completed in the Spring of 2019.
• The $23 million Emergency Department (ED) Redevelopment at Dauphin Regional Health Centre (DRHC) continued during the year. It’s anticipated the ED portion of the project will be completed in late spring 2019.
• A new MRI Unit was installed at BRHC and the MRI operational plan for a unit at DRHC was being finalized. It is expected the MRI in Dauphin should be functioning later this calendar year.
• Recruitment and retention of health care professionals continues as a key priority. PMH noted the recruitment of 22 new primary care physicians, several specialists, new Nurse Practitioners, graduate nurses and health care aides that were working within the region.
• Planning is underway for the 2019 PMH Community Health Assessment.
Province Makes RHA Board Appointments
Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) has three new members around the Directors table following recent provincial appointments to the Boards of the five Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) in Manitoba.
Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen made the RHA Board announcements October 27, 2018.
“The health system relies on boards to guide the safety and quality of care that is available in communities across the province,” said Friesen. “I want to thank outgoing board members for their service, and wish these appointees all the best as they take on these important roles.”
The Boards of Regional Health Authorities are responsible for directing the management and affairs of the region to ensure the delivery and administration of health services.
New appointments for Prairie Mountain Health include:
- Mark Frison (Brandon): appointment as vice-chair of the Board of Directors
- Sandra Berry (Russell)
- Wade Schott (Roblin).
Board members whose terms continue include Catheryn Pedersen, Board Chair (Holland), Cheryl Bjornson (Ste. Rose du Lac), Jonathan Murray (Brandon), Wanda Sandy (Canupawakpa), Duane Whyte (Swan River), Murray Parrott (Franklin) and Gwendolyn Drul (Oakburn.