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Saskatoon Health Region predicts balanced budget

The Saskatoon Health Region is predicting a balanced budget by the end of this fiscal year.

It currently has a surplus of $300,000 after heading to the 2013-2014 year with a $34 million deficit.

"And while we're heading in the right direction, still remain cautious. This surplus is fairly small, and we are heading into the second half of the year where we usually see a higher utilization of patient volumes," said Nilesh Kavia, Vice-President of Finance and Corporate Services with the health region.

Capacity remains a problem in Saskatoon hospitals

The Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) has continued working to find solutions to a capacity crunch that started last week.

The region first announced that Saskatoon hospitals were overcapacity on Thursday.  The SHR issued a correction from last Friday, citing that 77 people are still waiting for long-term care beds at Saskatoon's three hospitals, not 49 as originally reported.

PHOTOS: Zombie Walk pairs with Heart and Stroke Foundation

Anyone traveling near the Broadway Bridge Saturday evening would have noticed it was a little dead; or to be more precise, undead.

Sporting their best blood and brains, a couple hundred zombies dragged, clawed, and meandered their way from Kiwanis Park to the Broadway Theatre for the annual Zombie  Walk.

The event ran alongside the Dark Bridges film festival which ran Thursday to Sunday.

Saskatoon Health Region remains overcapacity

The CEO of the Saskatoon Health Region is calling a recent bed shortage a "tipping point" in the discussion of how long term care is handled in Saskatchewn.

Region CEO Maura Davies took the opportunity to issue an apology at a press conference held out front of the Royal University Hospital (RUH)

"I want to say publicly that we are sorry that we are not able to provide more timely care for our patients and families and have our care in more appropriate settings. But we're working really hard to fix it."

Aboriginal people to play central role in HIV research

Aboriginal people need to play a bigger role into HIV research, as they are the most effected by the current epidemic.

This belief, by the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN), lead to the creation of Wise Practices IV Aboriginal Community-based Research Gathering held in Saskatoon this week.

Part Five: U of S Sexual Assault Awareness Week

The largest Sexual Assault Awareness week at the University of Saskatchewan has students in a conversation about consent.

"Sexual assault is obviously an issue that affects everyone on the campus and sometimes its a tricky subject to broach," said Natalya Mason, the help centre coordinator of the University of Saskatchewan Students Union.

Saskatoon hospitals at capacity; patients staying longer

Saskatoon hospitals are bursting at the seams with patients staying longer than normal.

As of Thursday, 55 people were waiting in emergency departments for beds and 80 people were waiting for long-term care.

The Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) activated its regional emergency response system to handle a record number of patients.

Sask. families happy to have drug covered by province

Leah Creighton figures it would cost her family about $1,200 dollars a day if they had to pay out of pocket for the drug Kuvan.

Creighton and her husband have four children, three of which were born with a rare brain disorder called Phenylketonuria (PKU). Patients with PKU cannot process “Phe”, an essential amino acid found in protein.

Part Four: U of S Sexual Assault Awareness Week

A recent survey out of the University of Saskatchewan showed sexual assault is clearly a problem in society but for those who have been affected the experience goes beyond the numbers.
Tricia Ashbee was raised in an almost ideal middle class household with stable loving parents, two sets of grandparents, one sibling, and lots of childhood activities but one other memory stands out.

Kitchen reno for organization helping Saskatoon's homeless

Standing in the new kitchen at the Central Urban Metis Federation Inc. (CUMFI) in Saskatoon, Shirley Isbister, president of the organization, said this renovation has done more than just update the room.

"It's kind of a way where you can break down the barriers, when you're having a meal together and just sit and chat and see what's up. People get more comfortable to talk about the real challenges that they're having in their life," she said.

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