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Health Innovation Award for Patient-Centred Care – Prairie Mountain Health

Prairie Mountain Health 2019 Award Winners

Brandon Regional Health Centre Hemodialysis Unit – Seven Day Dialysis Cycle

The Hemodialysis Unit at Brandon Regional Health Centre (BRHC) required additional dialysis treatment spots in order to provide care to the growing dialysis population. Unfortunately, demand for hemodialysis treatments was greater than the centre’s physical capacity would allow.

The team at BRHC proposed a plan to open the Renal Unit on Sundays to maximize the space and equipment. The team worked with other teams at BRHC (e.g. Biomed, Housekeeping, Dispatch) to ensure they would be able to support the additional shifts.

By opening on Sundays, the hemodialysis team was able to expand their patient capacity by 18 without additional capital costs.

The team has shared their experiences with the Manitoba Renal Program as this initiative could be considered by other dialysis units in the province to expand capacity.

Patient & Family Engagement

In 2015 and 2016, Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) began work to ensure that the needs and perspectives of patients and their families were at the centre of care, programs and services that PMH provides. PMH was fortunate to have Cindy Parypa in the role of Patient and Family Engagement. Cindy embraced this role and began work to create a toolkit that would assist patients, families and staff in engagement. With the support and expertise of clients, families and the Local Health Involvement Groups, Cindy was able to create an Engagement Framework for PMH as well as a guide for staff and patients. This guide became the foundational document from which a provincial guide was created.

Cindy was relentless in developing partnerships and working with many different people, departments and programs. She developed tools, presentations and educational materials to share with a variety of groups including physicians, leaders, and program and facility staff.

Cindy took every opportunity to engage and remind PMH staff about the importance of patient and family engagement. With the foundation created through Cindy’s work, PMH will be able to continue their journey with patient and family engagement.

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