Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lean new facility design in Saskatoon

Check out this video from the Saskatoon Health Region for a great contrast with Michael Graves' description of unpatient-friendly architect driven hospital design.  When the folks in Saskatchewan needed to plan the design of new clinical facilities, they conducted a design charette based on Lean principles.  The team comprised people from many divisions of the hospital.  Equally important, patient and family members were brought into the design process and were given equal say and had the respect of the professional staff.  It is worth watching the whole thing to get a sense of the process and the engagement of all parties.

If you cannot see the video, click here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Maybe I have an infrastructure bent, but I liked the vertical conveyor belt with storage of medical waste in a shaft rather than in clinical areas. That's cool!
The other impressive thing was how good the facilitators would have to be to pull together such a seemingly chaotic scene, in order to come out with an actual plan.

ps I am finding the new verification words on infinitely more difficult......