The Saskatchewan Health Authority’s (SHA) revitalized Obstetrical Program for the Kindersley and District Health Centre is set to begin September 4, 2018. Extensive program development was undertaken to revitalize the obstetrics program and create a team of health care professionals with the qualifications, training and privileges required to provide low‐risk obstetrical services.
“I commend the physicians and registered nurses at the Kindersley and District Health Centre for their ongoing commitment in ensuring they have the skills and education in place to provide safe, quality low‐risk obstetrical care for the community,” Minister responsible for Rural and Remote Health Greg Ottenbreit said. “This is a strong example of what can be achieved working as one provincial health care system. Kindersley’s low‐risk obstetrical program will be one that is valued and appreciated by those families who are able and want to give birth closer to home.”
In 2015 during the primary health care service needs assessment, stakeholders identified that the lack of access to obstetrical services was a major gap in the women’s health program, and there was strong support for increasing local access to low‐risk deliveries. With additional physician resources in place, along with support from physicians and nurses from across the province, the Kindersley health care team and physicians have created a revitalized program for low‐risk obstetrical care for the community. Local physicians and registered nurses partnered on program development with their provincial colleagues and attended educational courses, underwent formal assessments and participated in practical skills training offered in Lloydminster, North Battleford, Swift Current, Regina, and Prince Albert.
“The SHA remains committed to achieving the recommendations of the 2015 Kindersley Primary Health Care Service Needs Assessment,” SHA’s Executive Director Acute Care, Integrated Rural Health, Gayle Riendeau said. “While work to revitalize obstetrical services in Kindersley was underway prior to SHA formation, the transition has enabled processes such as assessments, training, and program development to become more seamless and coordinated. Acting as one provincial health authority has helped move the revitalization of the obstetrics program forward in a way that will ensure the provision of safe, patient and family centred care for those we serve.”
“By working together as one provincial health system, we have been given the tremendous privilege as healthcare professionals to place patients at the heart of everything we do,” SHA’s Physician Executive for Integrated Rural Health, Dr. Kevin Wasko said. “Our new medical governance structure further ensures our physicians and nursing leaders play an active role in all levels of transforming our current system into one that is more integrated, efficient and patient‐centred.”
The SHA wishes to thank the Kindersley Town Council, the Kindersley Community Advisory Network (CAN) andthe Kindersley and District Health and Wellness Foundation for their patience, ongoing support and commitmentto health services for the community of Kindersley and surrounding area.