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August 4, 2017 Staff get sneak peek at NICU rooms - They’re the first nearly-complete spaces within the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital, and in July, staff who will be working within them got to check them out.   

June 22, 2017 - Traffic changes, continued construction and IT pilots signal progress to create new hospital - It’s a pain, but changes to roadways are a sign of progress for the construction of Saskatchewan’s new maternal and children’s hospital.

May 9, 2017 -  Construction of Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan hits 55 per cent - Construction of the building reached 55 per cent completion at the end of April, and it has nearly reached its full height, as construction of the helipad on the top of the building has begun. The concrete and steel structural work on the lower floors are the most complete at this point. The structure of the main floor, where the main entrance to the building is located, along with pediatric outpatients, is 100% complete. The structure of the ground floor below it, which will accommodate pediatric surgery and the separate emergency areas for children and adults, is about 90 per cent complete.

April 24, 2017 - 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.

March 6, 2017 - Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan construction reaches visual milestone  A significant visual milestone was achieved on the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS) construction site on February 17 and 18 with the removal of the smaller of the two tower cranes. The two cranes were brought on site in the fall of 2015 to allow Graham Construction to lift equipment and supplies from material storage areas into the construction site, and to assist with the completion of the main shell of the building. With the structural concrete and steel work for the building nearing completion, the smaller crane is no longer needed. 

January 6, 2017 - Building Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan - Concrete and More Concrete - Did you know we have poured the equivalent of the weight of 7,300 elephants - 109,180,000 pounds of concrete - so far in building the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan? In this video, Saskatoon Health Region's Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan Project Director Craig Ayers explains the unique way we are getting this much concrete to the site. (YouTube Runs: 2:03)


December 23, 2016 - Surprise Santa Visit to Royal University Hospital With Saskatchewan's new maternal and children's hospital under construction, our amazing crew with Graham Construction arranged a surprise visit from the North Pole. Kids and adults were in awe as Santa flew through our Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan site with help from the construction crane. Then, he landed and travelled to Acute Care Pediatrics in Royal University Hospital for an early Christmas delivery. Watch his journey, the reaction of those who saw this once-in-a-lifetime visit and hear from the man himself. A special “thank you” to everyone at Graham Construction for going above and beyond for our patients and families this Christmas season. (YouTube Runs: 4:15)

November 22, 2016 - A new way of providing maternal care - For one week, a team of maternal staff, physicians and a patient advisor focused their time on looking in detail how they will work within the new maternal floor in Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. The intent was to test and determine safe and appropriate staffing levels for nursing, physicians and unit assistants within the new floor plan, using real patient data that spanned both “normal” demand as well as  peak demand for care. This event built on work completed in December 2014 where a team of staff, physicians and patient advisors put to test for the first time the new design for Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan maternal floor. During the 2014 event, they used real data from today's labour and delivery, and postpartum units. Hour by hour, the team re-created their path using the new design and family-centred principles of care, with the goal of no patient moves related to capacity. Each hour was photographed, and planning principles documented. This month, the team took those photographs from the 2014 event and added the proposed staffing model, testing to see what would work.

Novmber 16, 2016 - Determining How the New Maternal Floor in Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan Will Work for Labouring Women - In December 2014, a team of staff, physicians and patient advisors put to test for the first time the new design for Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan’s maternal floor. Using real data from today's labour and delivery and postpartum units, hour by hour, the team re-created the path of labouring women on the new floor. They made decisions of how to place them within rooms using the new design and family-centred principles of care. This video introduces you to how maternal services will change within the new hospital, and shows how maternal services’ model of care is evolving. (YouTube: Runs 6:04)

October 21, 2016Overview of new RUH and CHS Parkade Tunnel - Luiza  Kent-Smith, site leader for Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan and Royal University Hospital sites, shares an overview of a new parkade entrance tunnel for both sites for all drivers expected to open on Monday, October 24. (YouTube Runs: 1:26

June 23, 2016 - Revitalized Process for Clinical Form Development and Approval - In preparation for the opening of Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS), upon your next visit, you might notice something different in the way your information is put into your chart or your child’s chart.

June 21, 2016 - "How do we bring a digital hospital to life?" - Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan: Our Journey to Opening Day -  It was November 2011. Lori Chartier remembers clearly presenting the information technology vision for Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS) to a packed warehouse in northern Saskatoon.

June 9, 2016 - Family-centred care concept to revolutionize maternal care in Saskatoon Health Region - When the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS) opens, the maternal floor will be the largest in the building. And it will operate much differently that it does now, using the concept of Family-Centred Maternal Care (FCMC) as its vision for care. Maternal care staff and physicians learned just what that means this week, when the guru of FCMC shared her knowledge with them as they prepare for moving into the new hospital in three years.

June 7, 2016 - Bringing the future to life: Patients and families experience Region’s first live trial of Single Room Maternal Care for Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan - When Jannica Hoskins gave birth to her daughter three years ago, she had been experiencing both physical complications and personal stress. But it was her voice and opinions being overruled that left her feeling truly frustrated with her experience. “I gave birth that day in an emergency vaginal delivery, it happened so fast. The room was filled with a student doctor and a number of other student doctors taking notes,” says Hoskins. “I wasn’t able to have skin to skin right away. There were just so many things in terms of communication and processes that could have been better.”

May 13, 2016 Stepping Inside Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan - It’s a moment parent Charmaine Pyakutch has been waiting for since she first became involved in planning for Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS) eight years ago.

“I haven’t felt goosebumps or my eyes water like that in quite some time,” says Pyakutch. “All I could think was we are that much closer to achieving our goals that so many have worked so long and hard on over the years. The complexity of the past and hearing about the future construction was amazing to finally visualize up close. Although there is still a lot of work to do, much has been accomplished

April 7, 2016 - Changes to CHS construction materials delivery hoped to ease some traffic woes at RUH - Look way up at Royal University Hospital at the large crane in the middle of maternal and children’s hospital construction site and you will see something different.

“The large crane will begin moving construction materials from the laydown area behind the parkade to the construction site by transporting these materials directly overtop the parkade,” explains Craig Ayers, Saskatoon Health Region’s Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS) project director. “

March 30, 2016 - Public, staff thanked for patience during parkade entrance closure - Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS) construction site was busy over the Easter weekend as crews completed the installation of pilings near the Royal University Hospital parkade vehicle entrance on Hospital Drive. Because of this work, the parkade entrance had to be closed and traffic re-routed to the entrance located next to the Saskatoon Cancer Centre on the University of Saskatchewan campus. The crews were able to get the entrance to the parkade open early, before 6 p.m. on Easter Monday, a full 12 hours ahead of schedule.

March 23, 2016 - RUH parkade entrance to close over Easter long weekend - Patients and visitors coming to Royal University Hospital over the Easter long weekend will have to take a different path in order to park their vehicles in the hospital’s parkade. Starting Thursday evening, the RUH parkade entrance via Hospital Drive will be closed for four days. During this time, Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan construction crews will be installing pilings in this area.  their vehicles in the hospital’s parkade.

March 2, 2016 - Staff develops process for work in new surgical suites - As construction continues for the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS), a diverse group of healthcare practitioners teamed up to begin to design how patients, families, providers, supplies and equipment, will move through the new building. During a week-long improvement event, one group of Region staff initiated the design of the processes within the new induction rooms, which is where a child will undergo general anesthesia.

February 11, 2016 - New technology launched in emergency departments - Saskatoon Health Region’s eHealth team had a busy fall advancing the use of technological tools used for healthcare services at the three emergency departments in Saskatoon. Each month from September to December, electronic documentation using the Sunrise Clinical Manager (SCM) application was implemented in all three emergency departments in Saskatoon, starting with Saskatoon City Hospital, then Royal University Hospital (RUH), and finally St. Paul’s Hospital.

February 10, 2016 - Improvements focus on expectant mothers - The Labour Assessment Unit on the fourth floor of Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon is where women greater than 16 weeks pregnant come if they are having pregnancy complications or if they are in labour. Ensuring expectant mothers move quickly through this triaging process was the focus of a recent improvement event.

January 20, 2016 - RUH hospital roads and parkade entrance changing - Drivers arriving at and leaving the parkade at Royal University Hospital (RUH) are being warned to expect additional delays as maternal and children’s hospital construction continues.

December 21, 2015 - Retaining wall work begins - On December 21, crews from Graham Construction started building a retaining or shoring wall near the parkade entrance at Royal University Hospital to allow for further excavation of the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan construction site next to the parkade roads. Once the wall is built, work can proceed to install the remaining 64 pilings required for the hospital.


December 2, 2015 - Graphics for hospital nearing completion - Design elements in the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan are one step closer to finalization. Interior graphics for many parts of the hospital were approved at a meeting between stakeholders, including Saskatoon Health Region employees, physicians, patient advisors and representatives from Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan on November 6

October 21, 2015 - Next phase of road changes take effect at Royal University Hospital - New road changes are taking effect at Royal University Hospital starting Wednesday, October 21. Patients and visitors are being encouraged to give themselves more time to arrive at the site and park.  The vehicle paths leading into and out of the site’s parkade are changing to support shifting construction zones. The new zone will be in place so that crews can dig up roads and re-route sewer and water lines to support Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan construction.

September 23, 2015 - RUH Roadways changing as CHS construction moves forward - Patients, visitors and staff driving to Royal University Hospital (RUH) in Saskatoon are being encouraged to give themselves more time to arrive at the site and park through the rest of September and October. Construction for Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS) is underway and crews will be digging up roads leading in and out of the parkade as they reroute existing water and sewer lines

September 16, 2015 - Phase 2 main building construction begins - Phase 2 construction for Saskatchewan’s new maternal and children’s hospital has begun. Last week, Graham Construction and Engineering LP arrived at the site, which is located next to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, and began mobilization. This involved securing the construction area and setting up the contractor’s site facilities.

July 15, 2015 - Tender continues for CHS Phase 2 main building construction - Evaluation of tender for Phase 2 of the main building construction of the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS) is continuing this summer. Pre-qualified bidders have agreed to extend the bid acceptance period to late August.

June 24, 2015 - Interior design and furniture planning enters final stage - This week, maternal and children’s hospital interior design teams, which include clinical experts, housekeeping, and  families, heard how architects have taken their feedback and adapted that to the design created by over 600 children and teenagers from north, central and southern Saskatchewan. Read the rest of the article and see pictures here.

May 27, 2015 - What's in a chair? More than you think when choosing one for a new maternal and children's hospital. - Is this chair too high, too low or just right? Arms or no arms? Do we have the right number of chairs for this room? This might seem like minor details, but these are the finer points that make a difference for patients and families, along with staff and physicians, who will spend their days and nights in the new maternal and children’s hospital receiving and providing care. Read more.

May 20, 2015 - Tender closes for Phase 2 of Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan construction - Tenders for the construction of CHS main building closed last week as scheduled, after granting pre-qualified bidders a three week extension. The bidders received 11 volumes of drawings and four volumes of technical specifications in late February which provided the detailed information required for bidders to complete their proposals. Bidders also had to consider within their proposals how they will work within this complex construction site, have construction materials delivered and how many working days needed to complete construction. Read more.

May 13, 2015 - Heard rumours about the new maternal and children's hospital? Get the facts here. - If you have been to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon lately, you may have looked outside and wondered why the construction site for the new maternal and children’s hospital – the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS) –  seems quiet. Here’s the facts on what’s been happening. Read more.

March 25, 2015 - Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan main building blueprints completed and released for tender - How do you build a building that is one and half times the size of a football field? This is the question construction companies are now working on to provide the answer. In February, the blueprints for Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan main building were completed and released for tender. Read more.

March 11, 2015 - Wayfinding and signage design wraps up - Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan’s wayfinding and signage consultant is back on site this week, meeting with all the clinical and support areas to review their detailed signage plans. This involves confirming each sign’s location, size and wording with operational leaders. It is the final piece of design development for wayfinding and signage. Read more.

March 4, 2015 - Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan enters last phase of interior design - Last week, interior designers returned to focus back on the inside of Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan as the last phase of interior design got underway. With the walls in place, the colours picked, now the team is getting direction on fabric and furniture. Read more

January 21, 2015 - New adult ED always part of CHS

There has been plenty of buzz around the building of the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS) over the past few months. A ground-breaking ceremony was held in September, pilings are going into the ground, and soon construction beyond the foundation will begin. Despite its name, this new hospital will not care for children only. It will also be the site of maternal services, which will move over from Royal University Hospital (RUH). And it will be the home of a new adult emergency department. Read more here.

January 7, 2015 - Emergency departments take next step towards electronic health record

The emergency departments in Saskatoon are one step closer to an electronic health record. Electronic charting is coming to the Royal University Hospital Emergency Department (ED) this year; an important step in preparing for the ED’s move into their new space within  the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. Read more here.

December 2, 2014 - Acute Care Pediatrics Pilot Opens

A pilot unit that will be testing the new model of care designed early this year was officially opened in Acute Care Pediatrics at Royal University Hospital on December 1. Read more here

October 21, 2014 - Roadwork begins at RUH

Roadwork to allow for further construction of the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan has begun at Royal University Hospital. On October 20, crews were on site, removing portions of the meridians on Hospital Drive. The removal will allow Saskatoon Health Region some flexibility when it comes to traffic entrance routes to the hospital.  The treed portions of the meridians will stay where they are. Read more here.

October 9, 2014 - Road changes begin at RUH as maternal and children’s hospital construction gets underway

Roads around Royal University Hospital (RUH) will be changing soon as the construction of the new maternal and children’s hospital gets underway. “The upper floors of Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan will extend above the current area of the entrance roadways into the parkade. This means we will eventually have to take over a part of that roadway area on Hospital Drive and redirect traffic,” explains Craig Ayers, Saskatoon Health Region’s project director for Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. “We want the public, along with our staff and physicians, to be aware that there will be changes to the site and its roads as construction evolves over the coming months and years.” Read more here.

October 1, 2014 - Families Turn Sod to Start Construction of Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan

They took their little shovels and buckets and showed us all – including Saskatchewan’s Premier – how a sod-turning for a maternal and children’s hospital should be done. Children took centre stage at the official groundbreaking for the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan, held at the construction site beside Royal University Hospital on September 25. Read more here.

September 2, 2014 - RUH Launches Courtesy Parkade Shuttle for Patients and Families

It just got easier for patients and families to park at Royal University Hospital (RUH). The RUH Parkade Courtesy Shuttle service is now operational and available to patients and families parking on levels two through five within the RUH parkade. Read more here

August 13, 2014 - A Familiar Landmark at Royal University Hospital Falls as Demolition Continues

For over 25 years, it sheltered thousands of patients and families walking into Royal University Hospital each week. Renamed and renovated in 2010, the Cameco Skywalk has become a familiar landmark for the hospital’s visitors, staff and physicians. Read more here.

July 23, 2014 - CHS Site Preparation Demolition Hits 78%

Site preparation at Royal University Hospital for the new maternal and children’s hospital continues. Crews are now 78% complete demolition activities. Over the next few weeks, crews will focus on removing the portion of the parkade that is directly joined to the hospital. Read more here.

July 9, 2014 - A Familiar Landmark Stands Alone

Crews have completed about 60% of the demolition and excavation work at the RUH parkade. A portion of the RUH parkade is being torn down to make way for the new maternal and children’s hospital. Read more here.

July 2, 2014 - Creating a Blueprint for Exceptional Care

In a packed warehouse dozens of staff, physicians, administrative leaders and patient advisors explained their blueprint for exceptional care. Creating that vision is something patient advisor, Mary Lee Simpson, won’t soon forget. Read more here.

June 10, 2013 - Exciting Next Step for Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan as demolition begins

Demolition on a portion of the RUH parkade has started to prepare for September construction start of Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. A new entrance into the hospital from the parkade also opened last week which has replaced the existing Skywalk. Read more here.

April 23, 2014 - Additional Children’s Hospital funding means more beds for growing province

Tara Johnson told a crowd gathered at Royal University Hospital. “My life is different now in ways I would have never imagined.” Johnson, whose daughter has a chronic condition that requires many trips to see pediatric specialists, spoke at an announcement of $20-million for additional beds at the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS). She is thrilled that the Saskatchewan government is investing additional money to build a hospital that will meet the future needs of Saskatchewan families. Health Minister Dustin Duncan made the announcement of additional funding at a news conference in Saskatoon. “We need to get the size of the facility right to reflect our province’s growing population,” he says. Read more by clicking here.

January 29, 2014 - Patient safety at centre of recent Maternal Services award

Saskatoon Health Region’s efforts to improve obstetrical patient safety have been recognized with a significant award. On January 23, a core team of employees and physicians from Maternal Services received The MOREOB Recognition Award for their work in implementing key patient safety activities. Read more by clicking here.

December 17, 2013 - Lean still in its infancy in Saskatoon Health Region

"In the beginning, the Ministry of Health challenged us to use lean processes for the planning, designing and building of the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan,” says Maura Davies, President and CEO, Saskatoon Health Region. “And while we are still doing that work, lean has enabled us to look far beyond the scope of the Children’s Hospital and apply this approach to improvement into virtually all areas of care and service.” Read more by clicking here  .

October 30, 2013 - Public input and design science help create the inside of Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan

The voices of children, teenagers and families from across Saskatchewan are shaping the inside of Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan. The team is combining that with the science behind interior design to create themes for each floor. The themes are reflecting the regions of our province. Read more by clicking here.

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