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June 2016 – Celebrating 20 years of Publishing!

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Health authority renamed; New CEO announced

By Marianne Curtis

When it comes to health care in the region it is business as usual despite a number of changes at the administration level. The province has announced that South Eastman Health, which recently merged with Central Region will now be known as the Southern Regional Health Authority. Along with the name change came the appointment of a new chief administrator.

Residents within the region will have to get used to a new name now that South Eastman Health has merged with Central Region.

The merger comes with a name change to Southern Regional Health Authority and the province has named Kathy McPhail as the new chief executive officer for Manitoba’s new Southern Regional Health Authority. McPhail previously served as CEO with the Central authority for the past five years.

Former South Eastman Health administrator John Stinson has been named as the new chief executive officer of the Interlake-Eastern RHA, formerly known as the Interlake RHA and North Eastman Health Authority

“I’m very much looking forward to the challenge and opportunity of that job and working with the people in that region,” Stinson says “But South Eastman has been a great experience for me.”

As of May 18, South Eastman Health ceased to exist after the board voted unanimously to merge with Central Region. The province mandated the merger after making the decision to reduce the number of regional health authorities from eleven to five. Manitoba Health anticipates a reduction of 30-35 corporate RHA positions across the province through the mergers, with these administrative savings redirected into supporting front line care.

The new amalgamated Southern Regional Health Authority is the second largest region population wise, but has the smallest geographical area. Central District is based in Portage la Prairie and includes Carman, Morden Winkler and Altona.

During the next month, the newly appointed chief executive officers will be working with interim boards until the province appoints new members.

 

Kathy McPhail is the newly appointed chief executive officer after the province merged South Eastman Health and Central Health Authorities to form the new Southern Regional Health Authority.

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Stop smoking sessions being offered in region

By Marianne Curtis

   Smokers that are trying to quit will have a little extra help once South Eastman Health launches a new program that is expected to help southeast residents kick the habit once and for all.

   In late October, a new program entitled Tobacco Free 1-2-3 will be available in Steinbach and Vita. The six session program will offer practical counseling such as problem solving and skills training as well as provide social support.

  Vanessa Friesen, Health Promotion Coordinator at South Eastman is excited about the new program.

   “Most smokers want to quit and the development of a comprehensive Tobacco Reduction Strategy in our region will save lives and improve the quality of life for smokers and their families”, said Friesen. “The goal is to eventually offer the program in all communities in our region.”

   About 21% of South Eastman residents age 12+ smoke and about 15% of residents reported exposure to secondhand smoke at home.

   The program is expected to increase the success rates of smoker attempted to quit smoking. Research shows a smoker can increase their chances of quitting by up to 75% with a combination of practical counseling, social support and the use of medications, added Friesen. Along with the sessions, participants are being asked to speak to their doctor or pharmacist to discuss medications that may help them quit.

   The first two sessions of the program will be offered in Vita and Steinbach. In Vita, the program will be offered Tuesdays in Vita will run from October 26 to December 14 in the Vita Health Centre at 6:30PM. The program will be offered Wednesdays in Steinbach starting October 27, to December 15 at 7 PM at Bethesda Place.

   In the spring, the program will be offered in Niverville and Sprague.

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Wrongful death lawsuit launched

   The family of a Steinbach man who allege he died from a morphine overdose is suing his doctor, nurse, hospital and South Eastman Health.

   Two years ago Henry Peters Dyck was admitted to Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach with pain in his knee. The documents say he was admitted to hospital on July 23, 2008, with hemarthrosis in his right knee, a condition involving pain and bleeding in the joint.

    He was prescribed a dosage of 10 to 30 milligrams of morphine to alleviate his pain.    But several days after being admitted he was instead given 100 milligrams of morphine, the family alleges in a statement of claim filed in the Court of Queen’s Bench.

   The statement of claim alleges that on August 1, a nurse gave Dyck a cup containing 100 milligrams of morphine, as opposed to the 20 milligrams he was supposed to ingest at that time. After Dyck began showing signs of distress, medical staff, under the direction of Dr. Curtis Krahn, attempted to pump his stomach and flush his system of the drug but he suffered a heart attack and died four hours later, says the claim.

   An autopsy was conducted and, according to the court documents, the cause of death was confirmed.

   The family has launched a lawsuit against Bethesda Hospital and South Eastman Health, along with Dr. Krahn and a nurse in charge of Dyck’s care for unspecified damages.

   John Stinson, Vice-president of Acute Care and Planning for the South Eastman Health Region, declined to discuss the specific case but said the matter would have been investigated at the time.

   “All the usual procedures that we would follow in any situation were done in this case,” Stinson said.

   South Eastman Health has a good track record when it comes to patient safety, he said.

   “We’ve had a handful of critical incidents in the last decade,” Stinson said. “Not that we don’t get patient concerns and family concerns brought forward. But we have good processes and policies in place to respond to those quickly and make corrections to our procedures that need to be made.”

   He added that new procedures could be created to address the concerns and make sure that such an incident does not happen again.

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RHA releases health assessment

   The southeast remains the fastest growing area in the province, says a new report recently released by the board of South Eastman Health.

   Earlier this month, South Eastman Health released their Community Health Assessment. The assessment is completed every five years and helps the health authority with long term health planning, says Monique Vielfaure Mackenzie, Chief Executive Officer for South Eastman Health.

   “The CHA is important evidence which guides our long-term health planning,” says Vielfaure Mackenzie.  “It paints a picture about the health of our population, and tells us the leading health issues from the community’s perspective.”

   The new report highlights that South Eastman is the fastest growing area in the province with a twenty-five percent increase in the past decade compared to five percent for the rest of Manitoba.

   Substantial growth increases have occurred across all age groups and areas of the region. Immigration and high birth rates are the drivers of this growth, with recent immigration now accounting for nearly 10% of the overall population.

   “The good news is that health status for South Eastman residents continues to be among the best in Manitoba,” says the report. “Life expectancy for both men and women is above average for Manitoba. However, good health is by no means shared equally across the region.

   In our region, major health burdens are chronic physical illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and mental health illnesses such as anxiety and mood disorders.  

   “It is clear from the full range of consultations that primary health services are the leading issue for all South Eastman communities,” noted Vielfaure Mackenzie.

   Community Health Assessment reports are updated every five years across Regional Health Authorities in Manitoba. This is the third CHA report created for South Eastman Health, led by Dr. Jan Roberts Medical Officer of Health for southeastern Manitoba.

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