Fonds - Plains Health Centre fonds

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Plains Health Centre fonds

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  • 1951-1996, predominant 1969-1994 (Creation)
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    Regina (Saskatchewan)

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ca. 17.2 m of textual records and other material

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The Plains Health Centre was founded by the South Saskatchewan Hospital Centre Board to provide a base hospital and other health facilities for Southern Saskatchewan. At its inception, the new facility was to be a teaching hospital affiliated with the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on 9 July 1970, after nearly three years of intensive planning by the SSHC Board and its architects. The corner stone was laid on 8 November 1973 and the Centre was opened in 1974. The new 303-bed facility provided the services of medicine, general surgery, orthopaedics, neurological sciences, urology, plastic surgery, ICU/CCU and self-care; carried out all cardio-vascular surgery; provided a centre for severe multiple trauma; provided resource services to rural hospitals in the south-east region of Saskatchewan; was a teaching centre for medical, nursing, and para-medical personnel; and included research within the health field in its programs. The Centre was the first hospital in Canada built with primarily single room, self-contained accommodations. In 1992 the "Report on More Effective Hospital Care for Regina" (Atkinson report) recommended the closure of the Plains Health Centre and the consolidation of acute care in the Pasqua and Regina General hospitals. The following year, the newly-formed Regina Health District Board took over the administration of the Plains, and initiated a five-year plan ("Toward 2000") to fulfil these recommendations. The Plains Health Centre was closed in 1998. The following individuals have served as Administrator of the Plains Health Centre: Elta Brown (1976-1978), William A. Dartnell (February 1978-September 1981), Don P. Schurman (October 1981-ca. 1984), and Dick Chinn (1984-1993).

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The South Saskatchewan Hospital Centre was established on 15 February 1967 by an Act of the provincial legislature. The Board of Governors held its inaugural meeting on 9 March 1967, and was assigned the task of developing a health complex with comprehensive services for Southern Saskatchewan. In addition, the objectives of the SSHC were: to participate in the improvement of the general health of the community; to establish and maintain medical referral and teaching hospitals for residents of Regina and Southern Saskatchewan; to provide training and continuing education for health care personnel; to encourage research in the health field; to provide facilities for health services operated by voluntary and government health agencies; and to develop and promote improved standards of hospital administration and health care delivery.

On 1 April 1968, the Wascana Hospital - an amalgamation of the former Physical Restoration Centre and the Regina Geriatric Centre - became the first operating division of the SSCH. The facility provided comprehensive rehabilitation and chronic care services to the residents of Southern Saskatchewan, as well as provided beds, facilities and treatment for veterans and the Workers Compensation Board. Wascana remained a division of the SSCH until 1986 when control of the facility was transferred to the newly established Wascana Rehabilitation Centre Board. A second active facility came under the auspices of the SSHC when the Provincial Government purchased the Regina Grey Nuns' Hospital from the Sisters of Charity (Grey Nuns) of Regina on 31 August 1972. On 1 September 1973, the hospital was renamed the Pasqua Hospital. This acute care facility also housed the Allan Blair Memorial Clinic (Cancer) operated by the Saskatchewan Cancer Commission.

The SSHC devoted seven years to the planning and construction of the Plains Health Centre before it was opened in 1974. The new 303-bed facility provided the services of medicine, general surgery, orthopaedics, neurological science, urology, plastic surgery, ICU/CCU and self-care; carried out all cardio-vascular surgery; provided a centre for severe multiple trauma; provided resource services to rural hospitals in the south-east region of Saskatchewan; was a teaching centre for medical, nursing, and para-medical personnel; and included research within the health field in its programs. The hospital was affiliated with the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.

The South Saskatchewan Hospital Centre ceased to exist in 1992 when the Regina District Health Board (14 February 1992) and the Regina Health District (May 1993) were established. The facilities under SSHC control and all their assets were given over to the new Board and administration. The following individuals have served as Executive Director of the SSHC: F. Lloyd Mussells, MD (1967-1970), Eugene F. Bourassa (1971-1973), and Harvey H. Fox (1974-1992).

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The fonds consists of: Correspondence; minutes of departments and committees; studies and reports, including bed allocation, "Beds Needs Study and Functional Program for Emergency and Critical Care Services" (Atkinson report), space evaluation, hospital waiting list, nuclear medicine services in Regina and teaching accreditation survey; agreements, including the Hospital of Regina Foundation sharing agreement, affiliation agreement between the University of Saskatchewan and Regina Teaching Hospitals, and medical office agreements; institutional by-laws, policies and procedures, rules and regulations; reference materials, including articles, bulletins, pamphlets and reports; surveys and questionnaires; statistics; financial records, personnel and labour relations records, photographs of Plains Health Centre people, buildings and events; conference files; patient education material for diabetes; disaster plans; subject files; hospital accreditation records; records of construction and renovation; manuals; records of donations, bequests and fundraising; and records of quality assurance.

Fonds documents the relationship between the Plains Health Centre and the following external departments, agencies and associations: Canadian Cancer Society; Allan Blair Memorial Clinic; Provincial Laboratory Services; Saskatchewan Healthcare Associations; College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan; Canadian Medical Association; Saskatchewan Medical Association; College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan; Canadian Hospital Association; Saskatchewan Association of Health Service Executives; Saskatchewan Council of Teaching Hospitals; Canadian Union of Public Employees; Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Saskatchewan; Saskatchewan Union of Nurses; Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association; Hospitals of Regina Foundation; Kinsmen Foundation Inc.; Saskatchewan Heart Foundation; Saskatchewan Lung Association; United Way Campaign; and XZ Service Club of Regina [Zonta International Club]. Fonds also documents the South Saskatchewan Hospital Centre Board and the Regina District Health Board.

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Box content lists available; a more detailed fonds description is available in the Archives.

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Related material: Other records relating to the Plains Health Centre may be found in the South Saskatchewan Hospital Centre fonds, Regina General Hospital fonds, and Regina Health District fonds.

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PHC Boxes 3, 23, 34, 36 to 45, 49 to 55, 60 to 67, 70 to 95, 98 to 124, 126 to 131, 135 to 143

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