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Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan
Hospital History - 2012 - A Province Creates Its Hospital
​The work started during the November and December 2011 3P events started transformational change across Saskatoon Health Region. The improvement ideas identified by the CHS 3P teams have already moved forward and some have been implemented using Rapid Process Improvement Workshops (RPIW). These workshops and additional lean work began in early 2012 and continues today.

Meanwhile, in early 2012, design teams met with architects again to ensure their original vision for the new hospital developed during 3P events were translated properly into real floor plans. The project team then worked with architects to complete its schematic design report to Ministry of Health for review and approval.

A First Glimpse at Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan

On July 12, 2012, Ministry of Health announced that following extensive Lean process improvement work that successfully streamlined workflows and space requirements for the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan, the provincial government had approved early design plans and boosted its investment by $15.5 million to $215.5 million. This announcement included the first public release of floor plans and images of the new hospital.

The Lean work undertaken by Saskatoon Health Region had resulted in a savings of $30 million from August 2011 estimates, with the new cost estimate now at $229.9 million. In 2009, the provincial government provided $200 million to the Saskatoon Health Region to plan and build the facility. The Health Region expects to earn $13 million in interest through its investment of those funds. As well, $1.4 million will be funded within the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan’s capital campaign. The announcement of an additional investment of $15.5 million from the provincial government would ensure the new maternal and children’s hospital became a reality.

Time to dive into the details

The next phase of design began in May 2012 with design teams focusing on the details. This included how each room should be set up, where important mechanical and electrical fixtures would be placed and ensuring the 3P teams’ principles and concepts continued to be respected throughout the remainder of the design process. This phase included four week-long sessions with design teams and equipment planners from May to September 2012.

In parallel, an intensive engagement plan kicked in. A key component in design had been the on-going participation of Saskatoon–based families as part of the design teams. But to ensure the new hospital was a true reflection of Saskatchewan, the project team reached out provincially through the spring and summer of 2012. This became a pivotal point in the design process as Saskatchewan children, teenagers and families truly influenced the look and feel of the new hospital. Watch how by clicking here.

Fall 2012 was spent finalizing the plans and creating the hospital's design development report for government. In December 2012, Saskatoon Health Region completed this report as scheduled and began moving forward through the review and approval process with Ministry of Health.

Meanwhile, throughout 2012, extensive work was underway at Royal University Hospital with parkade construction and site preparation. A temporary construction access road through the U of S campus was operational December 3, 2012. Work continued to create a new helix ramp system for the parkade and create the first of two new entrances for both RUH and CHS.


Last Modified: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 |
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