October 29, 2019

Four Directions Community Health Centre Improves Team-Based Care At New Location

Residents in Central Regina are receiving improved team-based care at Four Directions Community Health Centre’s new location on Albert Street.

The new Centre brings together the programs and staff from the original Four Directions Health Centre and several other Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) sites in the Regina north central area to provide better care to clients.

Rural and Remote Health Minister and Minister Responsible for Seniors Warren Kaeding today joined First Nations and Métis representatives, Elders, community members, Four Directions staff and Saskatchewan Health Authority representatives to celebrate the official grand opening of the new centre.

“Our government continues to invest in team-based community, primary health and home care as part of the health system’s Connected Care Strategy,” Kaeding said.  “The new Four Directions Community Health Centre is a wonderful example of this model of care and is uniquely positioned to provide co-ordinated care, tailored to the community needs.”

Four Directions offers primary care, immunization services, mental health and addictions counseling, as well as parenting and Indigenous cultural programs.  The centre also connects clients to other services in the community related to food security, social, housing, financial or employment issues.  People with complex medical or social health issues, those living with chronic conditions, seniors and high risk pre-natal clients especially benefit from the collaborative health care team at the centre.

“Four Directions is about our commitment to patient and family-centred multidisciplinary team-based care,” SHA Integrated Urban Health Physician Executive Dr. Rashaad Hansia said.  “By showing respect and working together we can help our clients and their families get the care they need, when they need it, increasing the wellness of our community and avoiding the need for unnecessary hospitalizations.”

Community participation was key to the development of the community health centre with the SHA seeking feedback, input and guidance from local community members throughout the design and development.  A planning committee of patients, family advisors, Knowledge Keepers and Elders met frequently to co-design how the centre would look and feel, creating a sense of ownership within the community.

“We’ve already noticed a difference in the first month,” SHA Central Health Network Director Laveena Tratch said.  “Collaborative partner spaces are fostering great connections and innovations to better support and problem-solve patient care needs.  Also, co-ordination between traditional and western healing practices is really coming to life in the centre.”

“For me, Four Directions means family and recovery,” centre client Belinda Nechvatal said.  “This is where I started my recovery.  The clients and the staff make me feel like I belong here.  It feels like home and coming here gives me purpose.”

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Since 2018-19, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health has provided $4.95 million of federally-sourced funding toward the costs of renovating and operating the Four Directions Community Health Centre.  This funding is part of the Canada-Saskatchewan Home and Community Care and Mental Health and Addiction Services Funding Agreement toward improvements through the Connected Care Strategy.  These improvements will strengthen team-based community health care for patients who may be best served in a home or community setting, and reduce wait times in emergency departments.