Facilities Operations

The Facilities Operations Department continued the overall vital role of working towards providing a safe and comfortable environment for Residents, Visitors and Staff to the Six Health facilities. Facilities Operations perform engineering/ maintenance and security duties for the Kainai Continuing Care Centre, Community Health Services, Health Centre, Emergency Services, Kainai Wellness Centre and Lavern Clinic facilities in consistent with preventative maintenance measures. A Certified Fourth Class engineer with the Alberta Boilers Safety Association Provides direction of services to 12 staff members.

Engineering / Maintenance

Renny Soup/Director of Facilities Operations
The Facilities Operations Department continued the overall vital role of working towards providing a safe and comfortable environment for Residents, Visitors and Staff to the Six Health facilities. Facilities Operations perform engineering/maintenance and security duties for the Kainai Continuing Care Centre, Community Health Services, Health Centre, Emergency Services, Wellness Centre and Lavern Clinic facilities in consistent with preventative maintenance measures. A Certified Fourth Class Engineer with the Alberta Boilers Safety Association provides direction of services to 12 staff.

Security
Under the supervision of the Director of Facilities Operations the incumbent will be responsible for the regular security task of the Blood Tribe Department of Health facilities and the preventative maintenance of vehicles/Community Health Services facility as outlined in the job duties and responsibilities.

Facilities Development
Two new safety systems have been added to the BTDH facilities this past year.

Items:
1. Video Central Monitoring System
The three (KCCC, Community Health Services, Health Centre) core BTDH facilities have recently become upgraded with installation on September 07, 2005 with a Video Central Monitoring System.
The new system can track, monitor and record activities 24/7 digitally with 17 total cameras located to the interior and exterior of facilities. A 24hr monitoring station is centrally located in the KCCC Security office where staff can respond instantly to any safety incidents.

2. Card Access Control System
An additional feature added to safety control is a Card Access system to regulate access through specific doors of secured areas.
By using card access control, it limits the number of unauthorized people (parties) from roaming halls or gaining access to rooms that hold specific items for that facility (such as pharmaceutical drugs and/or equipment). Schedules can be created to lock/unlock doors for specific cards.
Presently, all BTDH staff has been assigned individual cards to accommodate access control for the various departments within.
Summarily, the BTDH Facilities Operations Dept. continues abreast of safety measurement ideas and equipment brought to us by the constant developments in technology.

House Keeping Department
The following is the Mission Statement of the Housekeeping Department:
The Mission of the Kainai Continuing Care Centre Environmental Services is to provide, in a caring fashion, a cheerful, considerate and safe environment responsive to the needs of the whole person.

Housekeeping Department Objectives
The main purpose of the Kainai Continuing Care Centre Laundry, Linen and Housekeeping Services is to provide these services to patients, residents and staff.
These services will be accomplished through specific programs, philosophy, purposes, goals and objectives established by the Housekeeping/Laundry Supervisor in collaboration with the Environmental Services staff and administration.
Maureen Red Crow, Housekeeper/Laundry Supervisor, provides housekeeping and laundry services for the facility to ensure a clean, safe and comfortable environment for the residents and staff. Employees supervised include three full-time housekeepers and one casual housekeeper for the Health Centre.

Objectives

  • To create a clean and germ-free environment that will minimize the spread of infection.
  • To create a safe working environment.
  • To create an atmosphere of cleanliness which shall reflect high standards.

Housekeeping Services
SUMMARY- The following is taken from “Quality Care Standards” and is the foundation for the operation of the Housekeeping Department.
PRINCIPLE- Each resident of a facility is to benefit from a housekeeping – service committed to creating a safe and appealing environment which supports quality of life for residents.

Standard I – Organized Department
The Housekeeping Department is to be an organized service which maintains a clean, sanitary, hazard-free and attractive environment through the regular, routine and special cleaning of all areas of the facility.

  • A program is to be followed for regular cleaning, special cleaning and maintenance of floors/carpets;
  • A program is to be followed for regular and special cleaning of all interior areas and furnishings.
  • Work routines and products used to respect the safety of residents and staff;
  • Work routines are to be reviewed periodically in relation to cleaning schedules for routine and special cleaning,and product and equipment use;
  • The principles of infection control are to be observed;
  • Procedures and routines are to be written for the removal of hazardous material and refuse from all areas of the facility on a timely and regular basis;
  • A system of waste disposal is to be established and must conform to legislation for environmental waste disposal.

Les Singer/Nutrition & Food Services
Food Service Supervisor, is responsible for the nutritious and palatable meal services for the residents and the cafeteria. All meals and nourishment provided are from the Canada ‘s Food Guide to Healthy Eating and traditional foods. Approximately forty to fifty meals are served to employees and public daily in the cafeteria along with the 25 resident meals and also some food catering to BTDH entities. Full-time employees include two cooks, one food services aide, and one prep cook/cashier.