Launch day set for new health author­ity

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - HEALTH - TIMES-HER­ALD STAFF

Saskatchewan’s pro­vin­cial health author­ity is set to launch Dec. 4, 2017.

An up­date pro­vided on the health sys­tem tran­si­tion progress web­page posted on Thurs­day ex­plained that a lit­tle more than two months from now, the 12 health re­gions will legally tran­si­tion to the new sys­tem and op­er­ate as one Saskatchewan Health Author­ity.

The re­lease also stated that the re­cruit­ment process will soon be un­der­way for the se­nior po­si­tions in this new sys­tem and that job open­ings will be posted in the com­ing weeks. The board of direc­tors was an­nounced in June, with 10 rep­re­sen­ta­tives, split be­tween five with health author­ity board ex­pe­ri­ence, and five fresh faces.

As per Health Min­is­ter Jim Reiter’s vi­sion, board mem­bers come from a va­ri­ety of oc­cu­pa­tions and back­grounds, with a doctor on the board, as well as indige­nous rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the form of Metis and a First Na­tions mem­ber.

“We have peo­ple with var­ied back­grounds – ac­count­ing, law, busi­ness, medicine, ed­u­ca­tion and lots of ex­pe­ri­ence in gov­er­nance,” Reiter told re­porters at the time.

“(We’re) very happy with the com­po­si­tion of this new board.”

Apart from the of­fi­cial start date, the new logo for the pro­vin­cial author­ity was also un­veiled.

“The green and yel­low styl­ized out­line of Saskatchewan rep­re­sents the forests in the north and the grain fields of the south, and em­pha­sizes the author­ity’s com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing qual­ity health care for the whole prov­ince, with­out re­gional bound­aries,” the re­lease states.

We have peo­ple with var­ied back­grounds – ac­count­ing, law, busi­ness, medicine, ed­u­ca­tion and lots of ex­pe­ri­ence in gov­er­nance Jim Reiter, Health Min­is­ter

COUR­TESY OF THE GOVERN­MENT OF SASKATCHEWAN

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