July 12, 2018
That’s why you’ve received this week's CMO Message inSHA News, the Saskatchewan Health Authority's (SHA's) weekly e-newsletter.
SHA News is your gateway to this website, where you’ll find information dedicated to physicians, including up-to-date
news and alerts, upcoming
conferences and courses, physician engagement opportunities,
resources and more. This evolution from your former regional newsletters to a provincial SHA newsletter is the next stage in our ongoing desire to keep you well informed and involved in the new provincial health system.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven months (and one day) since we became a provincial health authority.
In the grand scheme of things that’s no time at all – a mere blip in the history books. Yet in this brief amount of time, we’re already seeing considerable improvements in our shared journey to redefine how Saskatchewan residents receive health care services across our province.
From a physician perspective, the most noticeable change I see and experience every day is the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s commitment to greater physician integration into the health system.
The SHA has integrated
physician leaders into the organizational structure at the highest level. Six physicians , including myself, are in a dyad partnership with our vice presidents and an executive director. In addition, two of 10 SHA Board members are physicians.
To some, this may not seem significant, but I’d like to share with you why I think it is.
First, the goal of the SHA is to continue embedding physician leaders at all levels of the organization. So, while this integration can only be seen at the top today, the long-term plan is for administrators and physicians to work in collaboration at all levels of the organization. As we continue developing our organizational structure, we will begin to see more physicians in leadership positions. If you are interested in getting involved, I encourage you to talk to your Area Chief of Staff for more information.
Second, all of the physicians in leadership positions within the SHA continue to practice medicine. We are still caring for patients in the emergency room, on hospital wards and in the community. We work alongside and with you, understanding the challenges physicians encounter every day related to patients, multiple care providers, health care institutions and compensation models. And we understand the innate drive of each of you, in spite of these challenges, to provide quality care of the highest standard to patients and families. We also understand the toll that being a physician can have on our individual health and well-being, and the importance of taking care of ourselves before we can take care of our patients and families.
We are here to represent you. Your voice matters and we want to hear it.
The physician section in
SHA News is yours and we want to ensure that it meets your needs. What would make the newsletter and portal easier for you to navigate? What do you want to hear about? Which physicians in your community and hospitals should be recognized for their innovative approaches to patient care?
Effective communication is much more than telling you what is going on and why, we also need to listen and learn from you. Please take a few minutes to explore the physician section in
SHA News and send your feedback and ideas to me at
Dr. Susan Shaw
Chief Medical Officer