By now most are aware that all the health regions in the province will soon be amalgamated into one single body, meaning the Cypress Health Region and 11 others will now become the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
The lengthy transition process now has a launch date, and as of Dec. 4, the Saskatchewan Health Authority will be the governing body. The introduction of the SHA will mean a new organizational structure for the senior leadership team. The senior leadership team will be made up of a chief operating officer, a chief medical officer, eight vice-presidents and four physician leaders who will work in partnership with the vice-presidents along with CEO Scott Livingstone.
Livingstone, who was chosen CEO of the SHA back in August, spoke during a media scrum following the announcement Thursday on how the organizational structure was created to make sure all regions are put on the same pedestal of importance.
“The separation with northern, rural and urban was one to represent the importance of portfolios across the province, not just inside the two urban centres,” he said.
Along with announcing a launch date for the SHA, the logo was released and the purpose of the new organization.
“One provincial health authority focused on better coordination of health services across the province to ensure patients receive high quality, timely health care, regardless of where they live in Saskatchewan.”
Officials say Saskatchewan as a whole inspired the logo.
“The green and yellow stylized outline of Saskatchewan represents the forests in the north and the grain fields of the south, and emphasizes the authority’s commitment to providing quality health care for the whole province, without regional boundaries.”
Livingstone said job postings for senior positions would be going up soon. Once in place, those managers would then be in charge of getting their teams in place throughout Saskatchewan.