The Ministry of Health introduced the Saskatchewan Health Plan for 2016-2017 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 2016-2017 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:

  • decreasing re-consults in acute care,
  • meeting Expected Length of Stay for non-admitted ED patients,
  • decreasing hospital utilization of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients,
  • utilizing standardized care plans in LTC, and
  • decreasing wait time for psychiatry.

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:

  • a display of patient safety stats (newsletter alert) on every Visibility Wall and used as part of daily huddles.
  • education for every patient and staff on responsibility to stop/fix and report
  • work into orientation sessions a short introduction for Stop the Line.