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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 2015/16.

The 2015/16 provincial health system one-year Hoshins will help to achieve Saskatchewan’s health system targets for improved access to services in Mental Health & Addictions, as well as eliminating emergency department waits and improving flow. The targets are:

Mental Health and Addictions: To improve access, by March 31, 2016, meet triage benchmarks for waits to see contract and salaried psychiatrists 50% of the time, and triage benchmarks for outpatient mental health and addictions services 85% of the time.”

Emergency Department Waits and Flow:  “By March 31, 2016, 90% of patients waiting for an inpatient bed (from the time a decision is made to admit, to actual admission) will wait no more than 17.5 hours.”

We care about the health and safety of our patients and staff. This is clearly reflected in the Hoshins this year, which are directly linked to provincial Safety Outcomes. They have been determined through focused and thoughtful discussion between front-line staff and management, along with valuable input from patient and family advisors.

For 2015/16 we have four Hoshin breakthrough projects.

1.    Stop Staff Injuries

2.    Stop–the-Line/ Safety Alert System

3.    Appropriate Use of Antibiotics

4.    Stop Infections (Hand Hygiene and High Touch Areas)

These Hoshins are individually and collectively significant towards providing a caring environment in which to live and work – the foundation for patient and family centered care.

We care about our patients’ ability to receive health care services in the right place, at the right time and by the right team.  In addition to the Hoshins, we will continue to focus on improving the continuity of care by supporting the province’s high priority areas for improvement in Primary Health Care, Seniors Care, and Wait Time for General Practitioner to Specialist, Appropriateness and Safety.

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

Strategic Planning

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

Each year Sun Country Health Region Health along with other health system leaders from Regional Health Authorities, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Health Quality Council, 3SHealth, eHealth, and the Ministry of Health work 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 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.

The Hoshin Kanri planning process for 2015/16 is a collaborative effort of various healthcare teams, along with patient and family advisors at the provincial, regional and local levels. 

Together with our partners we have affirmed our commitment to improving access, quality, and safety for the people we serve and our employees. We are aligned and committed to better health, better care, better teams, and better value as we transform Saskatchewan’s health care system.