Spring Into Action

Register for new fitness sessions starting mid-March! 

Register Here

The Board Chair for Southern Health says 2018 has been a year of transformation.  2018 12 abebergen southernhealth submittedAbe Bergen (Photo credit: Southern Health)

Abe Bergen notes the entire provincial health system is under health transformation. 

"That means a lot of our staff and leadership have been plugged into provincial planning teams," says Bergen. "It's certainly been our priority as a board to encourage them to help shape the future of what health care can look like."

The Board Chair says he will also remember 2018 for the population growth. Southern Health crossed the 200,000 resident mark this year. Bergen says they have grown by 21 per cent in the last decade and are one of the fastest growing regions in the province. 

"That means high birth rate and immigration and we are trying to ensure that we address those," he says.

In 2018, Southern Health also maintained its position as a fiscally strong regional health authority. Bergen says it has been seven years since amalgamation and Southern Health has had a balanced fiscal position in each of those years."We're delighted by that," he says.

Also in 2018, Bergen says they secured funding for a helipad at hospitals in Ste. Anne, Portage and Boundary Trails.

Bergen admits one of the challenges in 2018 happened in October when it was announced the Emergency Room in Ste. Anne would be reducing its hours as the result of a physician shortage.

"We're pretty happy with the response that Dr. Denis Fortier has there in terms of working with the docs and we understand that things will improve and we'll get some more docs coming to Ste. Anne as well," says Bergen.

Meanwhile, Bergen says the people of Southern Health are a real highlight of 2018. He refers to the front line workers like nurses, doctors, ER staff, emergency responders and home care workers as the champions of the health care system. 

"They are the ones that provide health care with integrity and service and compassion and really kudos needs to go out to them," says Bergen.

More Local News

Program Letting Those Going Through Divorce Know They Aren't Alone

A woman is taking her personal experiences of divorce to aid those struggling during a divorce or separation. For the next 13 weeks at Central Station in Winkler, the faith-based program DivorceCare…

Tips For Spring Gardening

Garden enthusiasts are anxiously anticipating getting their green thumbs to work as the weather consistently hits about zero. Snow may still be on the ground, but CFAM Radio 950 Lawn and Garden…

Steinbach Credit Union Reaches $6 Billion In Assets

Steinbach Credit Union's Chief Executive Officer says it was "a busy 2018." Glenn Friesen announced at Tuesday's 77th annual general meeting the credit union, just recently, has reached $6 billion in…

Prepping Your House For The Spring Melt, The Sooner The Better

With a wet spring forecast it's important to make sure your house is prepared, so you can minimize any potential water damage. "For the foremost, I would suggest, be proactive about checking your…

Adult & Teen Challenge 'Super Thrift Store' Heading To Winkler

A new thrift store will be popping up at 390 1st Street in Winkler. The 'Super Thrift Store' will open in May and is being run by Adult & Teen Challenge of Central Canada. Development Director Daniel…

Winkler Welcomes New City Events Coordinator

Winkler's community events have a new advocate. Nolan Dueck takes on the role of City Events Coordinator April 1, helping organize and promote activity at the P.W Enns Centennial Concert Hall,…

Closure Of Curriculum Centre "Huge Loss" For Rural Teachers

Local teachers are reeling after the province recently announced the closure of the Manitoba Curriculum Support Centre and the move to an online database. "The centre has been really good for all of…

Local Cider Company Welcomes New Provincial Legislation

A local company is welcoming the Province's work to expand the sale of cider and spirit-based coolers to hotel beer vendors. "This is one step in the right direction," Marcus Wiebe of Dead Horse…

Altona Mayor Says Cannabis Shop Selection Was "Inevitable"

"To some extent, it's inevitable." Altona mayor, Al Friesen That's the reaction of Altona Mayor Al Friesen following Thursday's announcement that the town is 1 of 7 rural communities approved to…

Carman/Dufferin Prepared, But Not Worried About Flooding

Carman/Dufferin Director of Public Safety Ben Vanderzwaag is not too concerned about flooding in the town or surrounding municipality, and says snow levels in ditches are not too worrisome. "At this…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login