The first thing Jim Swetland did when he retired in 2017 was buy a house and move from Montreal, Que. to Amherst, N.S. The second thing he did was contact Volunteer Services at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre (CRHCC). "We might not all be able to make monetary donations, but it means as much, and we can get so much satisfaction by donating our time as a volunteer," he says.
From Oct. 1 to Oct. 7, Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) invites you celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. Knowing that breastfeeding is an important start to a healthy life for most Canadian newborns, NSHA is joining the IWK Health Centre, community partners and Breast Feeding Canada to celebrate breastfeeding with fun and informative events across the province.
Nova Scotia’s school-based public health fluoride program will move from a mouth rinse to a varnish at the start of the 2020 school year. The change follows a program review conducted by Public Health. The fluoride varnish only requires two treatments per year instead of the suggested 26 treatments for mouth rinse, allowing for less class disruption.
Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and its board of directors are pleased to announce that Dr. Brendan Carr will start his work as our new president and chief executive officer effective Dec. 16, 2019. “After an extensive national search process, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Carr back to Nova Scotia,” board chair Frank van Schaayk said.
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.”