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Strategic Planning

The Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) Strategic Plan summarizes work from the Provincial Health Plan and the Regional priority projects for 2014/15.

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.

The Hoshin Kanri planning process for 2014 - 2015 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.

The 2014 – 2015 provincial health system one-year Hoshin will help to achieve Saskatchewan’s health system target of eliminating emergency department waits by 2017. The target is “at least 85% of patients requiring admission from ER are admitted to an appropriate bed within five hours.”

Hoshin breakthrough projects at Sun Country Health Region are aligned with the provincial target and the government’s long term healthcare outcomes. They directly reflect this Health Region’s priorities for providing patient and family centered care. 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 2014 – 2015 we have four Hoshin breakthrough projects.

1.    Timely Access to a Health Care Team
2.    Stop–the-Harm (Stop-the-Line)
3.    Stop Staff Injuries
4.    Developing Leaders, Removing Barriers

We care about our patients’ ability to receive health care services in the right place, at the right time and by the right team. We will focus on improving the continuity of care through Timely Access to a Health Care Team.

We care about the health and safety of our patients and staff. Stop-the-Harm and Stop Staff Injuries are individually and collectively significant towards providing a caring environment in which to live and work.

We care about leadership at all levels in SCHR. Our desire is to be intentional about developing a culture of awareness, understanding and respect across the organization. Developing Leaders, Removing Barriers will be the foundation to broaden leadership capacity throughout our health region.

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