The Ministry of Health introduced the Saskatchewan Health Plan for 2017-2018 following consultation with the Regional Health Authorities and stakeholders. The plan was developed using the method of Hoshin Kanri, which builds on the Lean management tools to focus organizations on priority areas for improvement. 

The provincial health plan is focused on the four enduring goals of Better Health, Better Care, Better Teams and Better Value. The Ministry of Health has identified a number of targets for improvements and broad priorities for achieving those targets. 

The Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority, through its own consultation process with management, staff, physicians and partners, developed its own Hoshin Kanri projects to support the provincial goals. The RHA board of directors receives reports at their regular board meetings regarding progress towards achieving the strategic priorities. Information is included in the Board Meeting Materials.

You can also find out more at Our Improvement Journey.

The Prince Albert Parkland RHA’s strategic priorities for 2017-2018 are: 

Emergency Department (ED) Wait and Flows is a Provincial System Priority. The goals is to improve access for patients and reduce ED waits by 50%, with necessary improvements in key areas (primary health care, Specialist consults, diagnostics, mental health & addictions, long term care, home care, and acute care) to be achieved by 2019. The Prince Albert Parkland priority is to Improve access for patients and reduce ED waits by:

  • Achieve Emergency Department (ED) Length of Stay (LOS) @ 90th percentile CTAS – 1-3 = 8 hrs (non-adm pts) CTAS – 4-5 = 4 hrs (non adm pts) by March 31, 2018
  • Pre-operative evaluation guidelines based on Choosing Wisely Canada for surgical patients will be implemented by March 31, 2018
  • 100 % of LTC facilities will implement the suicide prevention screen on admission by March 31, 2018
  • By March 31, 2018, there will be a 10% reduction in psychiatry wait times for clients triaged as Moderate (T3) and Mild (T4).
  • 10% decrease in hospital utilization for patients managing COPD by March 31, 2017
  • By March 31, 2018, a 15% increase from 2016-17 values in the # of HIV screening tests completed.

Prince Albert Parkland second strategic priority is the implementation of both the Safety Management System and Safety Alert Stop the Line (STL). The RHA wants to ensure a consistent auditing and training process, and an accountability mechanism for staff who do not comply with safety training. We also want to ensure that consistent messaging supports positive engagement.

  • 10% reduction in sick time hours usage from the 2016-17 numbers
  • 80% audited hand hygiene compliance rate across the organization 
  • 100% Roll-out of Stop The Line (STL) methoManagement System Elements 1 - 3
  • By March 31, 2018, there will be a 10% reduction in psychiatry wait times for clients triaged as Moderate (T3) and Mild (T4).100% of Herb Bassett Home, Whispering Pine Place, and Birchview Home will implement Safety Management System (SMS) Elements 1 - 6.     

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