Nova Scotia Health Authority By The Numbers 2017-18

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Our People

Employees (unionized and non-unionized): 23,400+
Licensed physicians in Nova Scotia*: 2,231
   Physicians with a registered specialty (not family medicine): 1,138
   Physicians whose registered specialty is family medicine: 1,093
Medical students in Nova Scotia*: 452
Learners: 5,500+
Volunteers: 7,000

Our Resources

Annual Budget: $ 2.06 billion

Our Places

Speciality Hospital: 1
Regional Hospitals: 9
Community and other locations (clinical, support and administrative): approx. 135
Collaborative Emergency Centres: 8

Foundations and Auxiliaries

Foundations: 41
Auxiliaries: 33

Community Health Boards

Community health boards: 37
Number of wellness funds supported through community health boards: 453
Monetary value of wellness funds granted: $693,161.62

Care Delivery

Beds: 3,142
Inpatient days: 1,037,410
Emergency visits: 600,095
Operating room surgeries: 69,811
Births (at NSHA facilities): 3,677
Average length of stay in hospital (acute): 8.95 days
Outpatient visits: 3,665,113
Diagnostic imaging exams: 1,052,868

Mental Health & Addictions

Mental Health and Addictions outpatient visits: 325,593
Mental Health and Addictions clients: 44,300

Continuing Care

Home care clients: 29,676
Hours of home support delivered to Continuing Care clients: 3,098,828
Number of in-home nursing visits: 1,095,680
People placed in long-term care facilities: 3,184

Primary Health Care

Number of primary care visits with a family physician or nurse practitioner (2017/18): 3,154,000
Number of people who found a primary care provider (as of Mar. 31, 2018): 17,900
Number of people registered with Need a Family Practice (as of Mar. 31, 2018): 45,555
Number of collaborative family practice teams in Nova Scotia: 57
Number of chronic disease management and wellness teams: 41

Cancer Care

Number of Nova Scotians who had colon cancer prevented - they had no warning signs; pre-cancers were found and removed as a result of the colon cancer home screening test: 1,032
Number of cancer patients cared for in a cancer centre or community cancer clinic: 13,150
Number of public/patient advisors involved in cancer system improvement: 1,031

Public Health

Number of families participating in the enhanced home visiting program: 476
Number of children receiving vision screening before entering school (2017 calendar year): 7,482
Number of schools participating in the Flouride Mouth Rinse Program: 128


Active research projects: 1,297
New research projects: 360
Number of interdisciplinary research projects initiated within 2017-18: 144
Number of active interdisciplinary research projects as of March 31, 2018: 218
Total dollar value of research funds awarded for 2017-18 for research conducted at NSHA: $26,938,534.37

*College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia