CHS Operational Work for 2017-18 Underway
Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS) hit the 53 per cent construction completion mark at end of March. In early April, close to 100 clinical and support leaders along with Ministry of Health representatives gathered at a planning day to outline their operational plans for the next fiscal year.
The operational plans ensure all areas moving into and providing support to CHS are working together to realize efficiencies and more importantly, fulfill the vision of patient and family-centred care which is at the centre of CHS. From food and nutrition services to pediatric surgery, each team reported out to the crowd the work what will change in their care process when they move into the new building and then highlighted which operational milestones they achieved over the past year. The teams then outlined what needed to be accomplished in this, the final full year of operational planning.
Operational planning is targeted to conclude by late 2018 in order to prepare for the move-in (facility Activation) process, the final phase of work to prepare for the new hospital. This is anticipated to take a number of months after construction is completed.
Operational planning also involves integrating work with the overall procurement process for the hospital's equipment, fixtures and furnishings, which are being funded through donations to the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. This includes involving clinical experts in the development of requests for proposals (RFPs) that are issued to market. These proposals outline the required specifications for equipment and, by including clinical experts, will ensure those pieces fulfill and support care delivery.
As of April, some of the proposals for major equipment items have already been issued into the market place in order to ensure pieces that need to be installed during the construction process are available and in place in order to keep the construction schedule on track.
Opening day remains on track for later 2019.