The Regina Central Health Network celebrated a major milestone in the delivery of community-based care on Oct. 29 with the grand opening of the Four Directions Community Health Centre.
Nigel Kaiswatum carries the eagle staff and dances during the grand entry to begin the Four Directions Grand Opening dedication ceremony.
“Residents and families now have access to a wide range of services, from those focused on well-being and preventative medicine like immunization, breastfeeding consultation and parenting advice to more treatment-based services like chronic disease prevention and management to mental health and addictions services,” said Dr. Rashaad Hansia, Physician Executive – Integrated Urban Health for the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). “The best part is it is all under one roof allowing patients to tell their story just once, and leverage the strengths of support of an interdisciplinary team rather than individuals.”
Student dancers and the Buffalo Boys Drummers lead by Evan Whitestar from Mother Theresa Middle School perform at the Four Directions Grand Opening celebration.
The new facility brings together services previously delivered from multiple locations to a conveniently located single location that can service the community better by providing collaborative, innovative care solutions. This is the first facility of its size to incorporate the Connected Care Strategy – to provide coordinated team-based care, tailored to this community’s needs.
The ribbon-cutting event featured drummers and dancers from Mother Theresa Middle School in Regina, as well as attendance by the Minister Responsible for Rural and Remote Health, Warren Kaeding, SHA leaders, employees and Four Directions clients.
Ministry and SHA dignitaries, with clients and staff of Four Directions Community Health Centre cut the ceremonial ribbon to mark the grand opening of the new facility.
Community at the heart of service
Consultation with the community and its service partners was at the heart of designing and planning the new facility, including physicians, patients, family, SHA employees and First Nations and Metis leaders. The spaces were designed to serve the community, right down to the naming convention for rooms that integrated First Nations words and the nature.
“This connection also allowed us to be more engaged with First Nations and Elders to help guide us in ensuring we are culturally responsive,” said Dr. Hansia. “Four Directions was designed to serve the current and future needs of the community and strives to continually adapt to the changing needs of that community.”
The facility blends both Western and Indigenous practices together to help to provide a holistic approach to health care. Even the name was gifted to the Saskatchewan Health Authority by the community and Elders to represent this connection between two worlds, and was ceremonially transferred to the new location in August.
“The health care providers at Four Directions recognize they must understand the community’s needs to be able to respond to them most appropriately,” he said. “They do so by helping clients connect to other services in the community related to food security, social needs, housing, financial or employment issues. They see Four Directions as a Health Hub – focused on the well-being of the community and helping those who fall through the cracks on their journey back to health –mind, body and soul.”
A round dance with all in attendance finalizes the grand opening dedication of the new Four Directions Community Health Centre
Kikôsêwin – Four Directions patients, staff like family
“Care givers here at Four Directions know the connection is deeper than just patient or client,” said Laveena Tratch, Director of Primary Care in the Central Health Network. “They get to know the people and the community. It feels like, and is, a family.”
For Belinda Nechvatal, this feeling of family helped turn her life around.
“I’m a recovering alcoholic, and I’ve been sober for over two years,” said Nechevatal, a client of Four Directions and now works there part-time. “I was broken. I did not give up.
“This is where I got my life back. Four Directions gave me a chance to work in the kitchen and that gave me purpose, it helped me believe in myself and believe that my children could believe in me again,” she said. “Everybody here is wonderful. They have smiles for you. They have confidence in you… I feel on top of the world coming here.”
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