Tara Daoust, RN BSN
Manager ED, OR, Endo, CSR
The Emergency Department at St. Joseph’s Hospital provides emergency care services on a non-scheduled outpatient basis, with more than 21,000 visits each year. Health care is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with care provided by a dynamic team of physicians and nurses. The doctors who work in Estevan are office-based physicians; therefore the doctor on call works in the office and is called to the ED on a triage basis. This department is equipped to provide rapid and varied emergency care. The staff care for many patients including those stricken with sudden and acute illness or those who suffer from chronic disease. This varies from severe trauma, heart attacks, fractures, and many other ambulatory visits. Estevan was also certified with the province’s first helipad in September 2013 allowing St. Joseph’s Hospital to have access to Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS).
A second crucial role of this department is providing chemotherapy to almost 700 patients within the community and surrounding areas as part of the Community Oncology Program of Saskatchewan (COPS). The primary goal of COPS is to provide cancer patients with care, treatment, and support in or near their home communities. COPS centers are fully equipped with nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and social workers specifically trained in providing cancer care.
Through working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams, the E.D. strives to provide the best practices in regards to patient care.