Finding new approaches to old health care challenges

Regina, SK, September 26, 2018: Sparking innovative thinking to improve how Saskatchewan’s patients access and experience their health system unites close to 300 delegates for the 2018 Health Innovation Summit: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Healthcare at the Queensbury Convention Centre in Regina today.

Now in its second year, the Health Innovation Summit connects stakeholders from a broad cross-section of Saskatchewan communities and sectors with the goal of inspiring innovative thinking and creative problem-solving to change health care delivery in the province for the better. This year’s delegates include provincial health practitioners, patients, academics , students, health administrators, government representatives and provincial business and technology leaders.

“It is very exciting to see the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) leading this important work in gathering patients, residents, clients, families and collaborators from business, community, government, health, education and other sectors to take action to improve the care experience,” says Chair of the Summit Steering Committee, Marlene Smadu, RN. “Registered nurses make up the largest group of health care professionals and provide care from health promotion and disease and injury prevention through acute and rehabilitative care to palliative and end of life care.  They see the many opportunities to improve the experience for patients and care providers alike and know the research that points to key innovations.  This summit is about taking action together to improve care.”

Emergency room physician, bestselling author and medical watchdog, and host of CBC’s award-winning radio show White Coat, Black Art, Dr. Brian Goldman, joins this year’s summit as keynote speaker to talk about disruptive innovation, technology and patient engagement. Other notable agenda highlights include: Dr. Chris Street, Paul J Hill School of Business, University of Regina, speaking about Innovation & Entrepreneurship; a Patient’s Perspective panel moderated by CBC Saskatchewan’s Stefani Langenegger, host of CBC Morning Edition; and a Conversation Panel focussed on driving health innovation in Saskatchewan featuring Hon. Jim Reiter, Minister of Health and Hon. Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan.

“The day is all about looking at things from a different perspective and working with partners you normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to connect with to formulate new approaches to old problems,” says Tracy Zambory, President of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses. “’Energizing’ is what immediately jumps to mind when I think about this event. To witness such a large and diverse group of stakeholders come together in this way really fills you with hope and shows just how committed the people of our province are to the strength and future of our health system.”

The Summit Steering Committee includes: Dr. Marlene Smadu, RN EdD (Committee Chair); Tracy Zambory, RN, President, Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN); Dr. david Gregory,RN, PhD, Dean, Faculty of Nursing, University of Regina; Chief Cadmus Delorme, Cowessess First Nation; Joanne Petersen, RN, President, SRNA; Victor Thomas, Madmin. C.Di, President, Global Bridgeway; Marlow Zacher, Director, Insight to Impact Consulting, ISM Canada; Craig Bell, COO, Executive VP Assets, Portfolio Manager, Investment Group; Sanj Signh, MBA, President, LMI; Bruce Willis, Partner, KPMG; Donna Trainor, RN, Executive Director, SUN; and Amber Alecxe, PhD(c), Director, Government Relations, SUN.

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Lars Murran, SUN Public Relations Officer

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