“The fourth fl oor renovations at St. Paul’s Hospital are taking shape,” says Deb Gudmundson, Executive Director of Acute Care. “We are using Lean principles to move this project forward on an accelerated schedule, and the methodology has proven very effective.”

Renovations to the underutilized fourth floor of St. Paul’s Hospital began in September last year. Demolition work was completed in December and crews immediately began constructing the new 18 bed surgical unit. Framing on the new unit is almost complete and dry-wall work began in late January. Construction is tentatively scheduled to be completed
by late July.

Gudmundson stressed the importance of teamwork. “Because of the accelerated schedule, everyone involved in the renovation work on fourth floor, from the construction crew to the steering committee to the process mapping teams, have had to support one another to keep the project on schedule. It is satisfying to see all the hard work to date beginning to take solid form as walls go up.”

The unit will add 18 new private bed rooms to the hospital, each with its own ceiling lift and bathroom. There will also be isolation capacity and two negative pressure rooms. Advanced technology on the unit includes Pyxis (automated) narcotic administration, and a new Nurse Call system with Vocera (wireless, voice-activated) badges. The renovations are part of the Province’s Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative which aims that by 2014, no patient will wait more than three months to have surgery. Once operational, this new surgical unit at St. Paul’s will create capacity for additional urology, plastic and ENT
inpatient surgery in Saskatoon Health Region and signifi cantly contribute to the goal. The renovations are funded by the Ministry of Health and donor funds raised through the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation Embracing the Future campaign. Click here to find out more about the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative.