Fonds - South Saskatchewan Hospital Centre fonds

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South Saskatchewan Hospital Centre fonds

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ca. 9.0 m of textual records

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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).

Custodial history

When the South Saskatchewan Hospital Centre ceased to exist in 1992, the Centre's records remained in the Plains Health Centre - the final site of the SSHC administration. Upon the closure of the Plains Health Centre in 1998, the records were moved into storage at the Regina General Hospital, and were transferred to the Archives in 1999.

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The fonds reflects the activities of the South Saskatchewan Hospital Centre, its Board of Governors, and the institutions under the Board's direction. Fonds consists of correspondence; minutes of the SSHC Board of Governors, committees and professional associations; studies and reports, including bed needs studies and long range strategic planning; contracts and agreements for laundry service and office space, and between the University of Saskatchewan and Regina Teaching Hospitals; policies and procedures; hospital accreditation records; reference materials including articles and brochures; statistics; financial records; records of construction and renovations; human resources records; organisational charts; photographs); conference files; subject files; annual reports; the SSHC Act; manuals; presentations; and legal records

Fonds also documents the relationship between the SSHC and the following external agencies, associations, and committees: Statistics Canada; Government of Canada Department of National Health and Welfare; Saskatchewan Department of Public Health; Saskatchewan Department of Government Services; Saskatchewan Department of Industry and Commerce; Saskatchewan Department of Occupational Health; Saskatchewan Cancer Foundation; Allan Blair Memorial Clinic; Wascana Centre Authority; College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan; [Royal] University Hospital, Saskatoon; Canadian College of Health Service Executives; Regina Hospital Executives Planning Committee; Canadian Hospital Association; Saskatchewan Healthcare Associations; Saskatchewan Union of Nurses; and Regina Hospitals Liaison Committee on Medical Education Programs.

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

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No further accruals are expected

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Accession 1999.14; Boxes 181, 183-185; PHC Boxes 1 to 35, 46 to 48, 56 to 59, 68, 69, 96, 97, 125, 126, 132 to 134, 142

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