Scaled models explained

Nathan Liewicki
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Five Hills Health Region Executive Director of Environmental Services Jim Allen shares a scaled model of a section of the new regional hospital with a small tour of health professionals Tuesday. The tour was part of the FHHR's two-day Semi-Annual Review that took place in Moose Jaw. 

Five Hills shows off 3P process during review tour

Roberta Arens is retired, but the former nurse believes the direction the healthcare system is headed in would suit her well.

“I just wish that I was still working because this is my kind of thing,” Arens told the Times-Herald Tuesday. “This is what I like. I like things to be organized, and flow well and work well.”

Her kind of thing is the lean healthcare principles being adopted throughout the Five Hills Health Region (FHHR) through the 3P model – production, preparation and process.

She was one of more than 100 current and former healthcare staff members from parts of the province in Moose Jaw on Monday and Tuesday for the FHHR’s Semi-Annual Review.

Tours were also included as part of the two-day review.

One of the tours gave people the chance to see the 3P model of the new regional hospital come to life from its early stages of development.

Although the tour was brief, participants like Arens were able to see how three of the seven flows of healthcare – flow of the patient, flow of the provider and flow of supplies – were examined considerably by 3P team members and morphed into the design process of the models.

Things such as the width of doors, the size of rooms and the equipment needed in rooms were all considered in shaping the designs.

“Each individual was tasked with coming up with seven different designs,” said Jim Allen, FHHR executive director of environmental services.

“You'd have 70 designs, so amongst their team they'd talk about their designs and benefits. As a team they'd come up with two or three best of the best designs – the culmination of the team's best designs – and then they'd mock it up. Each team would make two or three models at about a 1:50 scale.”

The tour displayed a series of scaled models constructed by 3P teams using things like cutouts, stickers and notes to pinpoint areas of importance in, for example, the pediatric ward of the new hospital.

“The conversations that came out of the models were really rich and you can appreciate something in a model that you can't see in a drawing,” said Allen.

There was something about seeing the drawings become scaled models that caught Arens’ attention.

“The light bulb that went off was seeing the mockups that they've done because it's hard for me to visualize space from a flat drawing. And when you see it – even though I know they've changed some of those mockups – that's not the way it's going to be,” Arens said. “You can see the flow and see how the patients – even though they are ill – will have such a better experience because of the room they are going to be in.”

A full-scale model of one of the rooms that will be in the hospital was the final part of the tour, giving participants a look at the almost final product.

“We are so lucky to get a new hospital and to be able to get this new system at the same time,” Arens said. “We are just very lucky.”

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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