David Chambers, the architect of the Lean system at the proposed new hospital in Moose Jaw, spoke to a crowd of more than 100 people at the Heritage Inn on Tuesday night. Times-Herald photo by Adam Miller.
Representatives from Five Hills Health Region and healthcare experts spoke to more than 100 Moose Javians last night at the Heritage Inn, updating the public on a new hospital and new healthcare concepts for the future of the city.
John Liguori, an executive director at Five Hills Health Region, said that they were not ready to make an announcement on the location of the proposed new hospital in Moose Jaw as of yet.
"We're not going to have all of the answers tonight," he said, adding that they had narrowed down a preferred site for the hospital and an announcement will be made within four to six weeks on the final location.
"It is a high priority for the Health Region, the partners and the city of Moose Jaw."
Liguori also added that interviews had been conducted on Tuesday for future staff of the proposed hospital and announcement will be made regarding hirings in one week.
David Chambers, an American healthcare expert hired to be the "coach" of the proposed new hospital, led the discussion and focused on implementing a more direct and faster system for future patients called Lean.
"Our current healthcare system is not sustainable," Chambers said, adding that patients should be receiving the highest value for the services provided by hospitals.
The new Lean system makes far-reaching promises including much less travel time and waiting for patients - essentially doing away with forcing patients to move around a hospital on their own, check-in at different areas and wait hours on end for service.
He added that the new system of streamlining patients could result in 45 percent more patient outcomes with the same amount of staff, while eliminating hand-offs from different departments.
"It's about removing waste from the system ... and more and better care with the current system," he said.
"Lean is about value pulled to our patients and defined by our patients. These concepts are revolutionary and do work."
Chambers argued that all of the waiting forced on patients within the current system leads to more costs in the future and mentioned examples of hospitals in the US that take in 50,000 patients a year with no wait times, to the disbelief of the crowd.
Chambers also added that within this system, the proposed hospital will have 31 fewer beds than the Moose Jaw Union Hospital - down to 74 from the current 105.
He called the current system of healthcare a "randomized assembly line" with "so many disconnects between areas of service" and hoped to take the proposed new hospital "from a factory to a place designed for human interaction" within the Lean system.
In addition to the 74 beds currently planned, the new hospital would have 48 universal care platform rooms, essentially designed to get patients in and out in under 24 hours.
See more in Wednesday's Times-Herald
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