Prairie Mountain Health/Santé Prairie Mountain (PMH) was officially formed in June 2012, following the Manitoba government amalgamation of the former regional health authorities of Assiniboine, Brandon and Parkland. It is one of five regional health authorities in the province.
The Region covers a geographically large area, around 67,000 sq. kilometres. It runs east-west from Saskatchewan/Manitoba border communities like Benito, Elkhorn and Russell to Waterhen Lake, Lake Manitoba and Treherne. From north-south, the region runs from the 53rd parallel north of Mafeking and close to Dawson Bay, right down to the United States border near communities like Melita, Deloraine, Boissevain, Killarney and Cartwright.
The population of the region in 2013 was 167,121, around 12.9% of the Manitoba population. It is made up of 55 municipalities, which include the cities of Brandon and Dauphin.
There are 14 First Nation Band councils/communities, 15 Northern Affairs community councils and 30 Hutterite colonies/communities.
In Prairie Mountain Health region, there are 20 acute care (hospital) sites, 43 long term care (personal care home) sites, nine (9) transitional care sites*, five (5) Primary Health Care Centres, one (1) Primary Care Centre (Swan River) and 38 (EMS) Emergency Medical Service (ambulance) facilities. There is one (1) Orthopedic Rehabilitation Centre (Rivers).
*A transitional care site is defined as a site where the client/patient does not require 24-hour hour per day/7 day a week medical (Physician) supervision and/or intervention.
The Region works alongside a number of affiliate (non-devolved) facilities of which the numbers are included above, by means of operating agreements, which include:
- Winnipegosis District Health Centre;
- Dinsdale Personal Care Home - Brandon;
- Ste Rose General Hospital
- Dr. Gendreau Personal Care home - Ste. Rose Du Lac
- Gilbert Plains EMS
- Shilo EMS
- Brandon EMS
- *Hillcrest Personal Care Home - Brandon; and
- *Valleyview Personal Care Home - Brandon
*Hillcrest Personal Care Home and Valleyview Personal Care Home in Brandon are proprietary (for profit) Personal Care Homes and are currently funded through Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. However, through a service agreement, PMH is responsible for quality of care and standards for these two facilities.
There are also seven (7) Community Cancer Programs, with Regional Cancer Care Hubs in Brandon and Dauphin and support programs in Deloraine, Hamiota, Neepawa, Russell and Swan River. Prairie Mountain Health and CancerCare Manitoba also work together to provide services and support for cancer patients at a dedicated facility - the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre - which opened in Brandon in 2011.
The region also offers hemodialysis services in Brandon, Dauphin, Russell and Swan River.
As of February 2016, there are 24 communities within PMH region that provide Telehealth services.
There are approximately 8,700 employees of Prairie Mountain Health whom, together, provide a broad continuum of health programs and services.
The Region is designated as a provincial bilingual Health Authority, in accordance with French Language Services legislation and guidelines.
Updated as of April 1, 2016