In early 2016, discussions between senior leaders at the former Keewatin Yatthé Regional Health Authority, facility staff and physicians and the public identified a need for upgrades to the security systems at the La Loche Health Centre and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ile a la Crosse.
However, due to the remote locations of the facilities and limited expertise on these issues within the former health region, they were never able to fully address the concerns. The creation of the Saskatchewan Health Authority in 2017, which amalgamated 12 former health regions into one organization, allowed expertise from across the province to flow into this project, and the upgrades are now underway.
David Stolte, the Director of Information Technology, and his team worked closely with other teams within the new organizational structure to make it happen.
“Protective Services, Programs Support and Standards, Digital Health, Quality and Safety and other organizations like the Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health (SASWH) and eHealth Saskatchewan were engaged to ensure expertise from across the province was brought in to assist with this project,” Stolte explained.
Much of work has already been completed at the La Loche health centre, and systems are expected to be up and running in a few weeks. The Ile a La Crosse project is now kicking off and is expected to be completed this spring.
La Loche Health Centre