Ross Fisher and Diane Rusnak of the Health Foundation at left, and anesthetist Dr. M. Onaolapo with the operating room staff to the right of the new equipment. 

Education awards presented to staff


TD Bank Financial Group and The Health Foundation announced the recipients of the Fall Education Awards for 2017. Applications are considered twice each year and awards are given each spring and fall. There were 15 successful applicants and a total of $13,700 awarded. 

Annually, The Health Foundation’s Scholarship Fund awards at least $24,000 a year to help further the training and education of healthcare staff in east central Saskatchewan. The TD Bank Financial Group contributes $12,000 annually to fund 50% of the awards. This year the total of awards granted is $26,990. More about the Fall 2017 awards >

Health Foundation buys $95,000 anesthetic machine for hospital


Earlier this year The Health Foundation had the opportunity to partner with the health region and buy two new anesthetic machines for the operating rooms of the Yorkton Regional Hospital. 

“We were very pleased to help put two new anesthetic machines in the hospital,” said Diane Rusnak, Chair of The Health Foundation. “By buying two machines we could negotiate a good price, and we were able to use government dollars to buy the second machine.”

“The operating rooms in the Yorkton Regional Hospital conduct between 3,200 and 3,600 surgeries a year. When you have that many people going through the OR you want to be sure to have the best modern equipment available. That’s what the residents of this area deserve,” said Ross Fisher. 

“It was very clear from talking to the Operating Room staff that the new equipment was very much needed. Our anesthesiologist and the OR nurses were so glad to have the new equipment, and really that’s what you want to see, you like to know the equipment was needed and it was a good use of donation dollars,” continued Mrs. Rusnak.  

• Thank you for your continuing support to improve healthcare for all of us •

2018 events


April 23 & 24: ​​Radiothon
May1: Start of
 Learn to Run Clinics 
June 7: Charity Golf Classic 

July 27, 28, 29: Rhythm 'n Ribs
August 19: 
Charity Road Race 
October 20: 
Gala 


Thank you!


The following individuals, organizations and businesses contributed more than $1,000 in 2016.

​A. Myrowich Building Materials Ltd. (Home Hardware) | Alfred Achtymichuk | William and Joyce Anaka | ARI Financial Services Inc.

Bailey's Funeral Home Ltd. | Brayden Ottenbreit Close Cuts for Cancer

Canadian Pacific Railway | Canadian Tire | Canora Hospital Auxiliary | Charis Medical Inc | Estate of Richard Chenewski | Chernoff Family Foundation | City of Melville | City of Yorkton | CN | Cornerstone Credit Union | Crestvue Ambulance Service Ltd. | Crossroads Credit Union Limited

Dick and Faye DeRyk | Dr Phillip Fourie Medical Prof Corp | Duck Mountain Ambulance Care Ltd.

E.M.W Industrial Ltd. | Eecol Electric | Ekos Holdings Ltd. | Roy and Elsie Elsasser | Energy Guard

Fair Court Asset Management | Family & Friends Community Foundation Inc. | Farm Credit Canada | Farrell Agencies Ltd. | Fedorowich Construction | Foam Lake Savings and Credit Union | Franklin Templeton Investments

Gateway Co-operative Ltd | Estate of Pauline Shelley Gogol | Harlow Gough | Ron Gough | Grain Millers Canada Corp. | GX 94/Fox FM Radio | GX94 Community Support Fund

Bunny Halyk | Harvest Meats | Vi Hnatuk | Hutterian Brethren of Crystal Lake Inc.

Invesco Canada

Carl and Betty Junek

K.W. Mens Wear (1991) Ltd. | Harold Kaeding | Larry and Nadine Kelbough | Kinsmen Club of Yorkton | Kinsmen Foundation Inc. | Gene and Gladys Krepakevich

Gerald and Helen Lamson | Lance Miller Ltd. | Estate of Erwin Laube | Leon Ram Companies | Robert Liebrecht | Loucks Medi-Health Pharmacy | Louis Dreyfus Company

Ray and Elsie Malinowski | Viola Martens | Massage for a Cause | Ron and Joanne McClenaghan | Mr and Mrs W.Donald and Frances McLaren | McMunn & Yates | Melville Chevrolet Buick GMC | Morris Industries | Mosaic Canada ULC

National Bank Financial | National Bank

Mike and Bev Olijnyk | OSS (2002) Ltd. | Greg and Leone Ottenbreit | Mike Ozirney

Painted Hand Community Development Corporation | Del Palagian | Parkland Printers Ltd. | Doris Elaine Parr | Murray and Adele Pask | Pelly & District Lions Club | Penguin Refrigeration Ltd. | Sophia Pisiak | Procon Group of Companies

R.H. Electric | Rant Plumbing and Heating Inc. | RBC Foundation | RBC Royal Bank | Re/Max Blue Chip Realty | Dale and Myrna Rhinas | Gordon and Gloria Rhinas | Randy and Shirley Rhinas | Richardson  Oilseed | RM of Orkney No. 244 | RM of Preeceville No. 334 | RM of Sliding Hills No. 273 | RM of Spy Hill No. 152 | Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 77 | Rusnak  Balacko  Kachur Rusnak | Kim and Alison Sapara | Kris Sapara | Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority Inc. | SaskTel | Schaan Healthcare Products | SecurTek Monitoring Solutions | Shawn Patenaude Legal Prof Corp. | Sherring Diamonds | SHY Cattle | Ruth Smith | St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation Inc. | Strategic Charitable Giving Foundation | John Sukenik

Terry Ortynsky's Royal Ford | Tesco Industries Inc. | TF Yogurt Yorkton Inc. | Town of Canora | Town of Churchbridge | Town of Norquay | Traction Truck Proz Inc.

Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada

Value Tire & Battery | Viterra Inc.

Willowbrook and District Lions Club

York Colony Quilters Guild | Yorkton Antique Auto Association | Yorkton Co-operative Association Ltd. | Yorkton Crossing Retirement Community | Yorkton Horseshoe Club | Yorkton Lions Club | Yorkton Toyota

Improving health care in our region


The Health Foundation of East Central Saskatchewan, Inc. is a volunteer organization dedicated to being the leaders in continuously improving and expanding the quality of healthcare and medical services in east central Saskatchewan.


Our mission is to work in partnership with donors, the community, healthcare providers and government to raise and invest funds in capital and educational initiatives that will enhance healthcare services for our health region.


The Foundation is guided by a volunteer board, and operates independently from both the health region and government. It receives no money other than your much-appreciated donations.

Call 306-786-0506
Toll free 1-800-636-3243

Changes to health regions will not

affect The Health Foundation


"Many people have been calling to ask if the government moving the health system to one provincial health region will affect The Health Foundation and the work we do," said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of The Health Foundation. "The short answer is no." 

"There may be changes to some of the people we work with, and perhaps more contact with people in Regina, but the actual work we do and how we go about it will not change." 

The Health Foundation is not part of the government system, is not part of the health region and receives no government funding. It is an independent organization with a local volunteer Board of Directors. The donations raised will still be spent in east central Saskatchewan, Mr. Fisher explained. 

"People have strongly supported the work of the Foundation because they know that their donations get spent locally, on equipment that improves local health services. We tell people exactly what we are raising funds for," he noted.


"We raise money for equipment like the CT scanner, or the new ICU equipment, and as soon as we have enough money the equipment gets ordered and is put in place. People like the way we do things because they make a donation and then shortly after they get to see that donation at work."

"People can also make donations to areas that are of particular interest to them, perhaps cancer or dialysis programs. People can make donations to a particular facility; they can send in a donation and say they want it spent in Saltcoats or Esterhazy, and that is where we spend that donation. We are a charity and we will use the donations that are given to us as people ask us to do." 

All funds The Foundation collects are spent in this area, and none is sent to Regina, Mr. Fisher added. "Our purpose as a local healthcare charity is to enhance our local healthcare services. That is the work we will continue to do."