Keewatin Yatthe Begins Accreditation Process

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 14:42



The Keewatin Yatthe Regional Health Authority is taking steps to enhance its image.


The health authority recently applied to the Canadian Council on Health Services to be officially accredited.


The move essentially means the health region is trying to be recognized on a national level as an organization that measures up to other health regions in the country.


Officials at Keewatin Yatthe will take the next 18 months to re-examine the health region’s policies and procedures, and try to identify any potential shortcomings.


Spokesman Richard Petit says after that has happened, they will then allow surveyors to get a first-hand look to see if the health authority measures up.


Petit says the move towards accreditation was in no way prompted by last year’s doctor shortage in La Loche.


He says the provincial government has actively pushed all of Saskatchewan’s health regions towards the designation, and Keewatin Yatthe is simply trying to improve itself.