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Strategic Plan

The Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) Strategic Plan summarizes work from the Provincial Health Plan and the Regional priority projects for 2013/14.

Strategic Planning

In 2011, the Ministry of Health adopted a new model for strategic planning referred to as strategy deployment or Hoshin Kanri

This year, Sun Country Health Region Health along with other health system leaders from Regional Health Authorities, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Health Quality Council, SAHO and the Ministry of Health worked together to create a provincial Health Plan.

Definition of Strategy Deployment (Hoshin Kanri)

In Japanese, Hoshin means shining needle, compass or direction; Kanri means policy. Together they are translated as strategy deployment.

An organization's leaders recognize that each person is an expert in their own role. Hoshin Kanri is designed to use the collective thinking power of all employees. It is a management system in which all employees participate, from the top down and from the bottom up. Company leaders collaborate to determine priorities and then engage all levels of staff to focus and unify efforts to achieve the priorities. This Strategy Deployment (Hoshin Kanri) process is known as "catchball".

The engagement of staff, physicians and managers to be successful in their work is key to accomplishing the vision of a transformed health system.

Definition of Lean

Lean is a production strategy in which all parts of a production system are focused to eliminate waste while continuously increasing the percentage of value added work.

Strategy Deployment (Hoshin Kanri) in Sun Country Health Region

In strategic planning Strategy Deployment (Hoshin Kanri) and Lean are powerful tools for managing an organization’s direction or focus, setting targets and reaching goals.

Sun Country Health Region along with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders have committed to a system-wide adoption of Strategy Deployment (Hoshin Kanri) as a first step in the implementation of a Lean system for Saskatchewan health care.

As part of the Strategy Deployment (Hoshin Kanri) process the following Triple Aim strategies that support the vision of a transformed health care system were developed. They are: Better Health, Better Care, Better Value. Critical to the success of this vision is a commitment to safe workplace and supporting patient and family-centered care that will enable the development of Better Teams.

These strategies focus on making improvements to the health of the population, individual care and financial sustainability, all in the context of value. The fourth aim is intended to strengthen the health care workforce to enable the changes required to improve the other three aims.

Also identified were three important foundational pieces related to the work we do:

  1. Patient & Family Centered Care (Patient First Review)
  2. Continuous Performance Improvement
  3. Thinking and Acting as One System.

To continue the process of Strategy Deployment (Hosin Kanri), Sun Country Health Region Health along with other health system leaders from Regional Health Authorities, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Health Quality Council, SAHO and the Ministry of Health identified three breakthrough priorities for transformation in 2013/14: 

  1. Improve access and connectivity in Primary Health Care innovation sites and use early learnings to build foundational components for spread across the province.
  2. Transform the patient experiene through sooner, safer, smarter surgical care.
  3. Safety Culture: Focus on Patient and Straff Safety.

The Sun Country Health Region management team reviewed the breakthroughs and thought about what could be done in the next 12-18 months to support the achievement of these goals. The team identified nine projects.

Our challenge is to focus our time and effort on completing these nine projects and then integrate them across Sun Country Health Region.