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Telehealth is very simple for you to use. The day of your appointment


you simply arrive at the facility and will be escorted to the Telehealth Suite.


Your facility’s


Telehealth Facilitator will ensure that the televisions are properly connected and will provide you with instructions so that you feel completely comfortable with your clinical appointment.


Telehealth’s vision is to provide optimal health care for anyone, anywhere, anytime: enabled by information and communication technology. The mission of Telehealth Saskatchewan is to improve the quality and accessibility of health services and health information for all people


The possibilities of Telehealth are broad. Within some regions of Canada, Telehealth has expanded into Telehomecare, Telementalhealth, Telecardiology, Telepediatrics, Telerehabilitation, TeleICU, and Televisitation.


In some


health regions the implementation of these expanded uses of Telehealth has resulted in reduced emergency visits, decreased inpatient hospital admissions, better service, increased confi dence and peace of mind in one’s health, and increased confi dence in using technologies in health service delivery.


in the province. Telehealth has partnered with regional health authorities in Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Health, and Health Canada.


The Cypress Health Region is excited to continue to create and extend Information Technology solutions in order to better interact and serve patients with a new model of care. Technology such as Telehealth is a powerful tool for health care and can help to create prosperous cities, towns, and villages. Cypress Health will continue to work with communities to ensure critical infrastructure is in place for the delivery of safe, high quality, sustainable healthcare.


For more information on how you can benefi t from the use of Telehealth please contact Carolyn Hildebrand, Cypress Health Region Telehealth Coordinator at (306) 778-5444.


Capital Projects Continue to Progress Working Towards New Facilities in Maple Creek, Leader, and Swift Current


The Cypress Health Region is continuing its work towards securing new health facilities in the communities of Maple Creek, Leader, and Swift Current. Each of these projects are currently in the planning spotlight and include a new integrated health facility in Maple Creek, a proposed addition/ renovation integrated health facility in Leader, and a proposed new long term care facility in Swift Current in conjunction with other community partners. A summary updating recent developments for each project is included within this article.


Maple Creek:


The schematic design report for the Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility (SIHF) was submitted to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health in the fall of 2011. In January 2012 the report was approved by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health and the Cypress Regional Health Authority Board of Directors.


What is Schematic Design? Schematic Design establishes the general scope, conceptual ideas, the scale, and the relationship of the various program elements involved in a capital project. The primary objective of schematic design is to arrive at a clearly defi ned, feasible concept based on the most promising design solutions. In basic terms, it means how big the various program spaces should be and where the walls, windows, and doors should go.


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Theschematicdesignprocessinvolved staff champions from each program area in Maple Creek, regional managers, directors, senior leadership, physicians, the project management fi rm, steering committee community members, and architects. This group met regularly over a two month period throughout the summer to work through this process.


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The schematic design planning for the SIHF focused on ensuring adequate space in a design erected to see services pulled to the patient in every possible circumstance. An appropriate illustration of pulling services to the patient would be comparing these two grocery shopping experiences:


What is Design Development? Whereas schematic design focuses on the general scope, ideas, and scale of the design, design development establishes all of the fi ne details of a project. These fi ne details include types of fi xtures, equipment and furniture needs, interior design features, security, electrical and mechanical systems, and others.


• Travel to the hardware store to purchase three things, travel to the grocery store to purchase ten things, travel to the pharmacy for two items, travel to the corner store to purchase four items, and travel to the specialty store for that one item that only that specialty store keeps in stock


• Travel to one store, walk in the doors and hand your list to an attendant who shops for you while you wait comfortably and the attendant returns to you with your entire list of required items. Those items are processed for check out right where you are located.


Example B is a basic illustration of pulling services to the customer or, in healthcare, to the patient. The SIHF is designed around this principle of providing multidisciplinary, collaborative services pulled to the patient in one effi cient location.


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Another key design element from schematic design is a shift in long term care (LTC) programming space to build ‘homes’ for LTC residents to live in. These homes are each designed for a total of 16 residents and are equipped with their own kitchen, living, and dining spaces. They also share access to a manicured courtyard/garden and each home has a dedicated tub and other home-like ammenities. This facility design is intended to support a new model of care that would see the elimination of the three plagues facing our elders: loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.


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team shifted its focus to the design development phase. The detailed design report has recently been completed and has been submitted to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health for approval.


The same team members involved in the schematic design process were also included in the design development process with the addition of specialized consultants for mechanical, electrical, and dietary purposes. The planning of detailed design showed a high desire among staff to be as automated and effi cient as possible by incorporating elements of technology. Programmable card swipe door access throughout the facility, a highly advanced nurse call system, up to 20 rooms with Telehealth connectivity, wireless internet throughout the facility, and patient kiosks were some of the advancements from detailed design.


The design development process of the Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility also saw an emphasis on how families will support their loved ones within the facility. The design development report recommends that each inpatient room have capacity for a loved one to sleep overnight. The facility would feature two bunkhouses designed to support loved ones overnight, and a public concession area would be equipped to provide meals to loved ones throughout their stay. The design development process also involved creating mock-ups of the universal care, inpatient, and long term care patient rooms.


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With the schematic design stage completed and the design development stage nearing completion, the Cypress Health Region is anticipating the project to go to tender in late spring/early summer of 2012. This timeline will be dependent upon Ministry approval of the design development and subsequent tendering process.


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The SIHF site will need preparation work due to high ground water level. This will involve the use of engineered fi ll and sinking specifi cally engineered pilings deep into the ground.


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The anticipated construction start date for the new Southwest Integrated Health Facility is July 2012 with the facility expected to be open in early 2014. continued on page 3


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