I thought it was going to be just a children’s hospital – why are we adding maternal?
Maternal services have always been part of the plan for this new hospital, even though it is not part of the name of the hospital. We needed to have maternal services with children’s services to ensure safe care of women during pregnancy and through delivery and for newborns from the moment of their birth. This care can involve different health care providers at different times. By existing together, we are ensuring pregnant women, new mothers and newborn babies have access to the care they need when they need it.
I think this hospital should have been at Saskatoon City Hospital. Why wasn’t it?
This very question was re-examined in the spring of 2010 despite the years of planning that had occured since the Royal University Hospital site being chosen in 2007 and announced by the provincial government.
In spring 2010, a site validation panel was established. Members included staff, physicians, public, University of Saskatchewan, along with operational, administrative and government leaders. The panel reviewed four site options, scoring each of them independently against a pre-established set of criteria. Some of the criteria included patient safety, quality, and capital and operating costs. External experts were brought in to assist in the panel’s deliberations. Members of the public were also invited to share their thoughts on what they thought was most important in determining the site of the new hospital through the panel’s website.
Out of the four options the panel reviewed, the Royal University Hospital option ranked highest on 8 of 10 criteria. Most importantly, Royal University Hospital was determined to be the safest location for patient care. By locating CHS at RUH, this ensured the critical co-location of specialists and employees who care for both adults and children. Keeping CHS and RUH together ensured the teams stayed in one location and are able to quickly to care for a critically ill child or an adult when needed.
Will children have to travel out-of-province once the hospital opens?
Jim Pattison Children's Hospital will NOT
eliminate out-of-province travel for children with rare conditions or for those requiring highly specialized care. In order to provide the best care possible, the entire health care team needs to see a large number of patients each year to achieve and maintain specialized skills and expertise. In some instances, Saskatchewan does not have the population to allow for that to happen. Some children will continue to be best served in larger centres. For example, Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton will continue to be Western Canada's referral centre for pediatric cardiac surgery.
What Saskatchewan's new maternal and children's hospital will do is make our current Saskatoon Health Region and provincial services and programs stronger through modern, purpose built space and will create the best experience for the entire family.Would rather talk to a real person? Call us at 306-655-2293.
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