From May 2006 to October 2007, intensive planning was underway for maternal and children’s services in Saskatchewan. This work resulted in the creation of a functional program outlining which services should be located within a new hospital.
In April 2007, the provincial government announced at Royal University Hospital that the planning of a new children’s hospital had progressed to the point where the preferred location and general parameters could be revealed.The location for a new maternal and children's hospital was to be
Royal University Hospital. (News Release – Saskatchewan Health, April 20, 2007)
Reasons for the location included less disruption of current services, physicians, nurses and other staff and the ability to group related services more efficiently. The scope of planning had also expanded to include maternal care since it was closely tied to pediatrics
. That announcement also indicated that the 2007-08 budget provided up to one million dollars for further development plans. At this point, the project was at step eight (development of a complete functional program process) of the 18 step capital project development process. At step eight, the program, project scope, preliminary budget and high level conceptual plan are developed.
In March 2008, the provincial government continued its support for the planning of a maternal and children's hospital. (News Release - Ministry of Health, March 19, 2008)