“Love the colours!”

“The rooms are so spacious!”

“The frosting on the (patient room) doors look great!”

These were just a few of the overwhelmingly positive comments overheard at the staff open house held on August 13 on Surgery 4B. The open house gave staff the opportunity to see the completed unit prior to the first patients arriving the next day.

Staff orientation for the new Surgery 4B at St. Paul’s Hospital began on July 30. In just 16 months, the old space was demolished and the new floor was completed.

One of the most popular parts of the open house was an explanation of the high-tech nurse call system. It uses sensors mounted in the ceiling throughout the unit to locate staff and allow wireless communication among care providers, a unique system within St. Paul’s Hospital.

The clock started ticking on the Surgery 4B renovation project at St. Paul’s Hospital in May of 2011. Just 16 months later, thanks to the efforts of many dedicated people both within the Region as well as outside contractors and architects, the unit has opened to surgical patients.

For Saskatoon Health Region, the project has set a new standard. Not only in the way the project was organized, but also in how lean methodologies were incorporated into the unit to optimize the physical space and streamline and standardize processes.

The unit was officially turned over to the Region by the contractors at the end of July. The new unit staff began their orientation on July 30, and just two weeks later surgical patients arrived.

“The unit is something special,” says Jenny Bartsch, Director of Surgical Services and project lead. “The amount of time and effort that went into this project by everyone involved has really paid off.”

Turning the 4th floor of St. Paul’s into an 18 private bed surgical unit required complete demolition, right down to the concrete pillars, and rebuild of the area. “We know staff and patients had to overcome noise and vibrations from the construction work. The planning team says thank you for your patience.”

To learn more about Surgery 4B and to see photos of the reconstruction process, please visit www.saskatoonhealthregion.ca and click on Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative at the bottom of the homepage.