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About the Region
Quick Facts

Who We Are [1]

  • The largest health region in the province, serving approximately 360,000​ local residents in more than 100 cities, towns, villages, RMs and First Nation communities

  • A provincial referral centre providing specialized care to thousands of people from across Saskatchewan

  • An integrated health delivery agency providing a comprehensive range of services and programs including but not limited to hospital and long term care, public health and home care, mental health and addiction services, prenatal and palliative care

  • An organization providing services and programs in more than 70 facilities, including nine hospitals (including three tertiary hospitals in Saskatoon), 33​​​ long term care facilities, and numerous primary health care sites, public health centres, mental health and addictions centres, and community-based settings

  • The largest employer in the province with 14,268 employees including 1,130 physicians and 3,616​ nurses

  • 162 Patient Family Advisors

  • 171 new research studies and 329 ongoing research studies

  • Supported by more than 1,010 registered volunteers

  • A Region with a geographical area of 34,120 square kilometers and a perimeter of 1,296 continuous kilometers [2]


  • 2017-18 operating budget of $1.246​ billion, equivalent to spending close to $3.41​ million a day meeting the health needs of the community.

Performance [3]

Primary Care 
Home Care - Number of Discrete Clients Seen14,309
Home Care - Total Visits Nursing246,977
HealthLine (RN & MH Queues) - Registered (Answered) Call Volumes20,312 ++
HealthLine (RN & MH Queues) - Registered Patient Volumes26,743 ++
Ambulance Calls / Responses34,683​
Acute Care 
Emergency Department Visits (urban and rural)147,119
Inpatient Discharges (urban and rural)49,335
Newborns (urban and rural)5,672​
Adult & Child Patient Days (urban and rural)377,851
Newborn Patient Days (excludes transfers in)
(urban and rural)
Average Daily Census YTD - Urban only862
Average Beds Open and in Operation [4]
Average Length of Stay (in days) – Urban only7.8
Diagnostic/Specific Procedures 
Number of Hip Replacements987
Number of Knee Replacements1,167
Cataract Surgery4,316
Operating Room Inpatient (Urban and Humboldt) 37,817
MRI Exams
CT Exams
PET Exams (patients)2,035
Lab Tests10,639,187
Seniors' Health and Continuing Care 
Number of Long Term Care beds [4]
Mental Health & Addiction Services 
Inpatient Discharges (Dubé Centre Acute Care)1,182
​Population and Public Health 
Immunizations (all types)133,213

++ Source = Saskatchewan Healthline

Health Status

  • Life expectancy = women, 82.7 years; men, 77.3 years *
  • Top causes of death = circulatory diseases, cancer, respiratory diseases **
  • Self-rated health status = 69.2​​​​% very good or excellent ***
  • Weight – overweight or obese, 56.6% ****

*  Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, Vital Statistics:
** Neudorf et al. (2009) Health Status Report 2008 - A report of the Chief Medical Health Officer:

*** Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey, 2011/12:
**** Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey, 2011/12:


1. As at March 31, 2017
2. Saskatchewan Ministry of Health
3. April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017 (fiscal year)
4. April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016 (fiscal year)

Last Modified: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 |
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