Fonds - Plains Health Centre fonds

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Plains Health Centre fonds

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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 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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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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No further accruals are expected

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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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