Primary Health Care Site Approved for Cabri

Cabri and area residents will soon have improved access to quality, everyday health services including a broader team of health professionals. The enhancements are a result of adopting a Primary Health Care (PHC) model in the community that includes a Nurse Practitioner and visiting physician services.

“Our government is pleased to support enhanced, sustainable primary health care services for Cabri and the surrounding area,” said Minister Responsible for Rural and Remote Health Greg Ottenbreit. “I congratulate the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the Town of Cabri and the nearby municipalities on their forward thinking approach that will benefit residents into the future.”

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health approved funding for the PHC model, including a full-time Nurse Practitioner and one day a week visiting physician services, following a joint submission from the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), the Town of Cabri and surrounding municipal partners. The need arose after the retirement of Dr. Fanie de Nysschen in summer 2017. Locum (visiting) physicians have been providing coverage in the community since that time.

“We are very appreciative of the Ministry of Health’s financial investment into establishing a primary health care site that will serve the residents of Cabri and surrounding areas,” commented Bryce Martin, SHA Executive Director Primary Health Care for the southwest area. “Our relationship with the municipal councils is strong and their unwavering support for health care is recognized and acknowledged. It is an exciting announcement for the residents of the area and health professionals alike.”

“On behalf of the Town of Cabri and all municipal partners in the area I would like to emphasize how excited we are for the introduction of primary health care in our community,” commented David Gossard, Mayor of the Town of Cabri. “This is a very exciting announcement for health services in our area. We appreciate the commitment of funding from the Ministry of Health and the partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority as we work together to implement this model of services in our community.”

Work will now focus on recruitment of a nurse practitioner and visiting physician that will work alongside existing Primary Health Care staff in the community. Various technical upgrades are also required at the Cabri Medical Clinic to accommodate electronic medical record systems. Long-term care services will continue to be provided at the Prairie Health Care Centre in Cabri.

The Cabri Primary Health Care Site is funded to operate five days per week. Specific details including the opening date and hours of operation will be announced in the near future.

Primary Health Care is basic, everyday health care and is the foundation of the health system. It organizes health services to provide timely access to the right kind of care through a team of health professionals. PHC team members include physicians, nurse practitioners, health educators, dietitians, public/community health and others. When opened, the Cabri Primary Health Care Site will become Saskatchewan’s newest community to adopt the PHC model. To read more about Primary Health Care in Saskatchewan visit: http://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/accessing-health-care-services/primary-health-care.

Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility Construction Update

The capital expansion project in Leader, including various renovations and enhancements to the interior of the
existing long-term care side of the facility, continues to reach new construction milestones and remains on
schedule to open its doors as the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility this summer.

The south home, the first of three houses to undergo renovations at the Western Senior Citizens Home, has been
re-occupied since the end of October 2017 and the west home was re-occupied in January 2018. The north home,
the third and final home to be completely renovated, is scheduled for residents to begin to move into their new
space this week.

“It’s great seeing residents enjoy the home-like atmosphere. At home, favourite places to gather as a family are
often the kitchen and dining room and you get that same feeling when you see residents connecting in the new
kitchens and dining room areas,” commented Brenda Schwan, executive director of continuing care for integrated
rural health for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. “The new space is welcoming and you can feel the warmth
and friendliness the moment you walk through the door.”

Meanwhile the $12 million capital construction attached to the Western Senior Citizens Home continues to
progress. Recent activity has included construction in the acute/primary care unit. The unit is rapidly taking shape
with the exterior finished and mechanical systems nearing completion. Painting and millwork (interior wood
finishings) are well underway and flooring and ceiling tiles are being installed. There is a large contingent of subtrades
on-site and the work is progressing quickly.

When the expansion project and renovation work is complete the facility will be renamed, as decided by
community members, the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility. It will be the sole location of all of the
community’s health services bringing together acute care, emergency medical services, community health
services, primary health care and long-term care.

Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility Update

The capital expansion project in Leader, including various renovations and enhancements to the interior of the
existing long-term care side of the facility, continues to reach new construction milestones and remains on
schedule to open its doors as the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility this summer.

The east home, the first of three houses to undergo renovations at the Western Senior Citizens Home, has been
re-occupied since the end of October 2017. The west home renovations began at the same time and residents are
anticipated to re-occupy this space on January 29. Work has also started in the north home, the third and final
home to be renovated, and is expected to be complete by April 2018.

“It’s nice to see residents settle into their new space and enjoy the new kitchen and dining areas,” commented Brenda Schwan, Executive Transition Lead – Continuing Care and Capital Project Lead for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. “The homelike atmosphere is refreshing and welcoming and you can really see residents embrace their new home.”

Meanwhile the $12 million capital construction attached to the Western Senior Citizens Home continues to
progress. Recent activity has included construction in the acute/primary care unit. The unit is rapidly taking shape
with exterior cladding, wall boarding and electrical and plumbing trade work well underway. Painting and flooring
are planned to start in late January. There is a large contingent of sub-trades on-site and the work is progressing
quickly.

When the expansion project and renovation work is completed the facility will be renamed, as decided by
community members, the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility. It will be the sole location of all of the
community’s health services bringing together acute care, emergency medical services, community health
services, primary health care and long-term care. The facility’s design incorporates input from staff, physicians,
patients and family representatives.

A construction camera remains in place to document progress and captures a new birds-eye image of the site
every 15 minutes. The high resolution images may be viewed at any time on www.cypresshealth.ca.

Aerial photos of the construction progress at the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility courtesy of aodbt architecture + design