The Saskatoon Health Region's President and CEO thanked members of the region's board as he issued his final report ahead of the provincial health transformation next week.
Dan Florizone will not be part of the new Saskatchewan Health Authority that will merge the 12 health regions into a single health authority. He told members of the board he had a very deep respect for everyone around the table and felt the Saskatoon Health Region always had a vision forward. Florizone, who has spent 30 years in health care, including 5 years as Deputy Health Minister, feels that his passion and skills aren't what the new organization needs at this point, and wants to see some new people shape Saskatchewan's health care. Florizone's final day is Thursday and says he doesn't know what will be next for him, but hopes to find another role in health care. He says it was tough to get through that final meeting without a bit of emotion, adding, "part of me says, gee, I'm really going to miss this, it's been 30 years providing service to the health sector. That transition's going to be tough, but you know what, in reflecting, it's been such a priviledge". During the meeting, Florizone thanked Volunteer Board Chair Mike Stensrud, who says he will now be able to focus more time on his work at Cosmopolitan Industries. However, he hopes that the new health authority moves towards more in-home care, and health care tailored for each neighbourhood, saying that emergency departments were not designed to be the lone spot to treat everybody's health concerns. Stensrud says through the board he's made a lot of lifelong friendships he will hope to continue. The Saskatchewan Health Authority begins on December 4th.