Three physician assistants are joining the division of orthopedics at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, through a three-year pilot program to evaluate the physician assistant (PA) role and increase access to hip and knee joint replacement surgeries. PAs are health care providers who practise medicine in collaboration with, or under the supervision of a physician. They are trained to perform many clinical procedures traditionally performed by a physician.
Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is pleased to be joining the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and organizations around the globe in recognizing today, Tuesday, Sept. 17, as the first World Patient Safety Day. The goal of this year's slogan, Speak Up for Patient Safety, is to mobilize patients, health care workers, policy makers, academics, researchers, professional networks and the health care sector to raise awareness of the need to formulate policies, create a culture of safety and provide care where patient safety is the priority.
I arrived in Nova Scotia a few days ahead of Hurricane Dorian and was truly impressed by the organization's planning, preparation and response. It was great to see employees, physicians and volunteers come together to maintain care and services and work with each other and our partners to manage and respond to issues created by the storm. I want to thank the entire team here at NSHA and our system partners for your efforts.
Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) welcomes members of the public to attend its board of directors meeting Thursday, Sept. 19 in Antigonish. The meeting starts at 8:25 a.m. in the Keating Centre, Conference Room A, at St. Francis Xavier University, with the public portion running until 10:50 a.m. and an in-camera session to follow.
Olivia Pattison’s interest in Community Health Boards was sparked when she heard about them a few years ago. “I was happy to hear that there were groups in the community focusing on making the community healthier,” said Pattison, who recently started as Community Health Board (CHB) coordinator for central and western Kings County. "Engaging and empowering the community to think and take action on the social factors that impact health is the way to make real impacts on the health of the community.”
“The point of the crisis team is to have a big bowl approach so everyone fits, and their needs and interventions are funneled from there. ‘Crisis’ is not one single definition or situation and the crisis line is there for everyone experiencing a crisis and for those supporting those in crisis as well.," Mental health and addictions program leader Mary Pyche said. “There is help, there is hope, and there are services to provide support."
“How do we promote the idea of mental wellness to folks?” That’s one of the recurrent questions that has emerged for veteran health care administrator Heika Sarty-Boutilier, who has been with Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) for four and a half years and is currently in the role of interim provincial health promotion manager for mental health and addictions.