The new province-wide authority for Saskatchewan health care is set to take over before the end of the year.
Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone was in Saskatoon Thursday where he announced a start date of Dec. 4, when all operations and employees of the 12 current health regions will transfer over to the new regime.
WIth the takeover date fast approaching, Livingstone said the next priority would be getting a senior management team in place.
Among 17 positions serving below Livingstone will be three teams of a vice-president and physician executive assigned to the northern, urban and rural areas of the province.
Livingstone said the management structure was similar to arrangements in Alberta and Nova Scotia, the two other Canadian provinces to ditch health regions in favour of single, province-wide health authorities.
“It was also done to make sure that we are true to the model that’s been proposed: that we’re going to have both a centralizd office here in Saskatoon with provincial responsibilities, but a distributed leadership team so that people are on the ground across the province,” he said.
Livingstone said job postings for senior positions would be going up soon. Once in place, those managers would then be in charge of getting their teams in place throughout Saskatchewan.