November 15, 2017
Transition to Saskatchewan Health Authority – December 4, 2017
As we near the date that the employees and operations of the 12 Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) will transition to the single Saskatchewan Health Authority, I understand that you may have many questions about how this transition may impact you and your community.
I want to reassure you that we have been working hard to ensure that when the Saskatchewan Health Authority officially launches on December 4, 2017, the transition will be seamless with no impact on frontline care. It is also important for you to know that there will be no changes to health care programs, services, facilities or phone numbers when the Saskatchewan Health Authority begins operations.
Maintaining local connections is a priority for the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and I recognize how important it is for an organization to have strong relationships with the communities it serves. To help us achieve this, management and support services will continue to be located across the province to support the delivery of high quality and consistent frontline health care services for Saskatchewan people, wherever they live.
Transitioning all 12 RHAs into one organization will formally occur on December 4, but full transformation will take time. Day one of operations is truly day one, and is just the beginning. That includes the full organizational structure of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and how local administration will be structured and how it will function.
As we embark on this journey, please continue to engage with your current local health system contacts and representatives. While current RHA CEOs will not be your contacts going forward, most other senior leaders will continue to be in place and accessible on December 4.
The work to unify the health system under a single organization and coordinate system-wide transformation to improve patient care will be a multi-year journey in collaboration with patients, health care providers and partners like you across the health system.
I appreciate your continued advocacy to achieve healthy outcomes for residents in your community, and am committed to ensuring you remain informed as the Saskatchewan Health Authority evolves in the months ahead.
Scott LivingstoneCEO Saskatchewan Health Authority