Hospital checkup

It has been two years since the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital officially opened its doors, and we think it’s time for an anniversary checkup.

Founded on the Lean methodology — meant to cut down wasted time and money at every step — the hospital was the first purpose-built facility in the province. The idea is to eliminate processes that waste time and cause inefficiencies, like waiting and walking back and forth between different health-care workers. Furthermore, the efficiencies are meant to be informed by experience on the frontlines, as opposed to implemented from the top down.

The former CEO of the Five Hills health Region, Dan Florizone, was an early champion for the system when he became the deputy minister of health for the province. He estimated the project would take 50 years and result in an ongoing evolution that would affect everyone from the nurse practitioner in a remote northern clinic, to a 12-person team in big city operating rooms. He called it “transformational” and a “game changer.”

The Times-Herald reported on this ambitious plan in 2011 and the hospital held its grand opening in 2015. Now we want to know what you think of the results. How has Lean improved health services in Moose Jaw? How has it impeded them? What are your top concerns moving forward?

Next week, to mark the hospital’s anniversary, the Times-Herald will be running a series looking into how Lean and the new hospital have changed health care in Moose Jaw.

We can’t do it without you.

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