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Progress Made on Design of New Integrated Facility in Leader

Following a successful week-long planning event in January that saw Leader health services staff and patient/family representatives explore options for the design of the community’s new integrated health facility, significant progress is being made to move the project planning through its early phases.

The creative 3P (Production, Preparation, Process) planning event held in January established basic adjacencies between departments and services, where the input of health services staff was essential in determining the best interior blueprint to maximize the patient flows and their health care experience. The overall design option selected included the addition of a third long term care wing which will be constructed between the existing north and west wings.

Following up on the efforts of the 3P team, the ‘schematic design’ phase began in early February. Members of the health services and design team travelled to Maple Creek to tour the acute care and universal care unit areas of the soon-to-be-open Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility (SIHF).

“Seizing the opportunity for the staff to tour and review the layout of the Maple Creek facility was very timely in our design planning for Leader,” said Brenda Schwan, Vice President of Human Resources and Capital Project Lead. “They had a chance to see how the patients would flow through the programs and departments, and use that real-life-size information to make adjustments to the Leader design. This is another example of how we can use another community’s success to better the future programming in a separate community.”

Further discussions with the architects led to the final schematic design meeting on March 2. Following this, the interior adjacencies for wall placements, location of each desired space and room, and the coordination of all spaces were confirmed. The ‘design development’ phase is expected to begin on March 17, where the architect will expand upon the schematic design processes to develop more detailed drawings illustrating other aspects of the proposed design.

A variety of tenders have been awarded to the capital project partners that will be actively engaged in the design and construction planning process. In addition to aodbt architecture and interior design who was awarded the architectural services contract, Altus Geomatics (site survey), P. Machibroda Engineering (geotechnical services), and Golder Associates (hazardous materials) were the successful tenders for their respective Request for Proposals (RFP). The project’s general construction contractor RFP is expected to be released in summer 2015.

Construction on the new integrated facility is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2015 and it is expected to open its doors in the fall of 2016. The approved capital project will see a physical addition built onto the Western Senior Citizen’s Home which will see acute care, long term care, primary health care clinic, community health services, home care, and ambulance services included under one roof.

Leader Staff Contribute to Design of New Facility

A large team of approximately twenty-five individuals worked together during the week of January 5-9 to continue planning design options for the new integrated health facility in Leader. The team included members of the Leader health services staff, patient/family representatives, primary health care clinic team members, aodbt architecture representatives, community members, and others. Members of Cypress Health Region’s Kaizen Promotion Office coordinated the event and activities for the week.

The 3P Event (Production, Preparation, Process) utilized the principles of Lean to continue developing the blueprint for the new integrated facility. One of the major objectives for the week was to ensure that the facility’s design will maximize the patient flows and make additional improvements to make the patient experience even more valuable to them.

During the week, participants were kept busy with a variety of tasks which included group work, specific team work, and individual creative thinking. The five days were scheduled to review the various flows of patients, health providers, equipment, information, supplies, and medications; identify the various wastes and inefficiencies within the current flows that could be reviewed to offer a better care experience for patients in the new facility; review and select an external footprint for the new addition’s attachment to the existing long term care facility; create over 150 design options for the internal look of the addition, which were eventually voted down to one design for further 3D model development; create and build table top and full-sized mock ups of what an acute inpatient and universal care unit room will look like; and provide a report out which summarized the week’s activities.

Sherry Miller serves as the Health Services Manager for Leader and she helps to coordinate the programs and services offered in the four current Cypress Health buildings. She was one of the participants involved in the week and will play an important role in the future planning and transition to the new integrated facility.

“It has been amazing to watch the progression of the 3P team from the start to the end of the week, and the results that we have achieved,” commented Miller. “With the amount of background information and data that was provided, the team used their expertise and past experiences with patient care to develop an exciting design option that will take full advantage of our programs and services being under one roof. The results from this week are another example of what can be achieved when a team is moving in the same direction, with a specific target to be achieved.”

“We were very impressed with the creative and innovative efforts of the 3P team this week,” said Brenda Schwan, Executive Director of Human Resources and Capital Lead for Cypress Health. “The level of detail in the design options that were put forward allowed the team members to look at the best elements from many options, and put them together into a final option that will provide a positive care experience for our patients. All of the detailed thoughts and feedback that the staff were able to provide will prove to be extremely beneficial for our architectural design team as they move towards creating a final design for the new build.”

There will be an opportunity for staff and the general public to examine the work that the 3P event team completed and get an advance look at some of the conceptual design work that was accomplished. An ‘Open House’ event will be held on January 12 and 13 at the Little Flower Parish Hall in Leader (10 am – 4 pm, 6 – 8 pm; each day) where visitors can increase their awareness of what the new integrated facility is going to look like and what services/programs will be included within it. Visitors can walk through the life-sized mock ups of an acute inpatient room and universal care unit room. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Construction on the new integrated facility is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2015 and it is expected to open its doors in the fall of 2016. The approved capital project will see a physical addition built onto the Western Senior Citizen’s Home which will include acute care, primary health care clinic, community health services, home care, and ambulance services.

Architect Selected for Leader Capital Project

The Cypress Health Region has selected aodbt architecture + interior design of Saskatoon to provide architectural consulting and design services for the new integrated healthcare facility in Leader. aodbt was chosen from among many applicants to join the project planning team.

Architectural design firms are an essential component of the project planning team. They will actively participate with the staff, patient family representatives, community members, and the Cypress Health Region throughout the design and construction phases of the capital project.

The capital project will include an addition to the existing Western Senior Citizens Home and renovations to the Home to accommodate the addition. Construction of spaces for acute care, community health, primary health care clinic, and emergency medical services will be included in the project. As the project architect, aodbt will be requested to design and integrate the new building’s structural, mechanical, and electrical systems to accommodate changing internal space as required. As well, the design of the building is expected to truly integrate the staff and programs/services under one roof.

Brenda Schwan, Cypress Health’s Executive Director of Human Resources and Capital Project Lead, is pleased that the project will now be further continuing into the design phase. “Cypress Health has worked with aodbt on other capital projects in the past and we have built a strong working relationship,” said Schwan. “This integrated building project will require innovative design to reflect the collective needs for all of the services that will be provided under one roof.”

“The aodbt team and our engineering group are very excited to be working with the Cypress Health Region again,” commented Charles Olfert, Principal Architect with aodbt architecture + interior design. “We have recently planned quite a number of integrated health facilities, so we know that each site is special and presents unique challenges and opportunities. We have already started developing some ideas and are looking forward to applying Lean planning processes to move this project forward very quickly in 2015.”

With the architectural services contract now awarded to aodbt, the planning and design phases will begin to pick up speed. A Lean 3P (Production, Preparation, Processing) event is being held in early January which will utilize the information collected in a functional planning exercise in 2011 and a recent ‘value stream mapping’ exercise which followed patients at the Leader Hospital and Primary Health Care Clinic.

Following the 3P event, the design team will move into the ‘schematic design’ phase which will then lead into the development of the final design for the integrated facility. During these phases, there will be many consultations held with staff, medical team members, patients, family members, and the general public to ensure that their feedback becomes a vital component of the planning.

It is anticipated that construction document preparation will begin in May 2015 and a tender for general contractor services will be distributed in August 2015.

The Cypress Health Region will join the community and surrounding areas in looking forward to the expected start of construction in September 2015. “This capital project is another prime example of the regional and provincial emphasis on providing innovative health care close to home,” added Schwan. “This project is the result of a tremendous partnership with the community and municipal councils, and we can’t wait for the next steps towards construction.”