The newly created Prairie Mountain Regional Health Authority wants to hear from you.
Over the next month, seven public consultations will be held across the region, which includes the former Assiniboine, Brandon and Parkland RHAs.
“At the time of the amalgamation, in recognizing that one of the concerns from communities might be how they stay engaged with the RHA, given the larger regions, the (health) minister committed to establishing local health involvement groups,” said Prairie Mountain CEO Penny Gilson. “What they want to do is get the public’s input into what those local health involvement groups should look like and how they will function on a go-forward basis.”
The local groups will ensure communities across the province have a say in how health care is delivered.
Gilson said the goal is to launch formal local health involvement groups by spring 2013.
“What the intent is, is to take the feedback that’s received across the entire province … and then to analyze that, and determine what the function and structure should look like,” Gilson said.
Manitobans are also encouraged to have their say online at manitoba.ca/ health/rha.
“We recognize that we couldn’t get to every community and we couldn’t guarantee that everybody would have an opportunity to get to one of these in-person consultations,” Gilson said.
As part of Manitoba’s 2012 budget, the province eliminated six of the 11 RHAs. A new board of 15 members was appointed in June for the Prairie Health RHA, also temporarily known as Western RHA.
“There has been a lot accomplished and there’s still lots of work to do,” Gilson said.
“Amalgamating three regions takes some time, in terms of getting all of our processes aligned and all those types of things. So there’s still lots of work to do, but everybody’s working diligently to make that happen.”
Gilson said it’s been a priority over the summer and fall to get to as many communities in the region as possible.
“There’s more of a need for people to be visible and have in-person meetings, because there’s people from Swan River, who don’t necessarily know people from Souris,” Gilson said.
“So trying to get people together to get to know each other, to get some teams formed that can carry the new region forward is really important at the outset.”
According to Manitoba Health, the mergers have saved more than $11 million this year, eliminated 81 board positions and reduced 25 executive positions.
Prairie Mountain Health
Dauphin — Nov. 14, 4 p.m. — Dauphin Friendship Centre
Swan River — Nov. 15, 3:30 p.m. — Swan River Friendship Centre
Neepawa — Nov. 22, 4 p.m. — Yellowhead Centre
Russell — Nov. 28, 4 p.m. — Russell Inn
Virden — Nov. 29, 4 p.m. — Virden Community Hall
Boissevain — Dec. 5, 4 p.m. — Legion Hall
Brandon — Dec. 6, 4 p.m. — Nursing Residence Gym