Childrens hospital up and running but mum on identified problems

Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Aerial view of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon on Sept. 13, 2019. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix/Liam Richards) Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Logan Johnson, five, gives a photo to Dr. Marcus Wellbear, the children’s hospital mascot, after a ceremonial grand opening of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital on Sept. 5, 2019. Staff say Saskatchewan’s first children’s hospital is now fully operational, but they are mum about whether problems they reported last week persist.The Saskatchewan Health Authority said 112 of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital’s 176 rooms are occupied following a successful move from neighbouring Royal University Hospital on the weekend. It opened its doors early on Sunday morning. Carrie Dornstauder, executive director of maternal and children’s provincial programs, said more problems were being identified every day and a dedicated team was working through them.“They might have found three or four more in the time we’ve been here,” she said.Earlier Monday morning, a nurse working in the facility was struck by a falling ceiling tile because of an “unforeseen issue” involving pressurized airflow, SHA spokeswoman Amanda Purcell said. The nurse was able to return to work and the issue was resolved, she added.Dr. Jocelyne Martel, the clinical head of obstetrics, said 10 births had already taken place in the new facility.Planning for the $285.9 million facility began in 2007. As of last week, it still had not hired six of its 72 [email protected]/zakvesceraRelated  Dr. Ron Siemens, the interim provincial head of pediatrics and an emergency pediatric physician, said problems were minimal even though his team was tested by some of the “worst situations that one could have expected.”“Murphy’s law, they happened on the first day,” he said. “We’re very impressed with how the facility allowed us to deal with those appropriately and efficiently, and it went very well. For those who wanted the system to be tested early, it came out with flying colours.”However, when asked about the 599 items the health authority reported as needing repairs in the new facility last week, SHA staff could not provide solid answers.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Corey Millar, vice-president of provincial programs with the health authority, said there was a “comprehensive list” of tasks but could not say how long it was or how many items were a priority.When pressed by a reporter, he said, “I think today we’re here to talk about the move itself.”Last week, identified problems ranged from the minor to the serious. Last month, CBC News reported Saskatchewan psychiatrists found the hospital to be rife with safety and suicide risks. Children’s hospital will open without full physician team Children’s hospital celebrates upcoming opening amid internal tensions Riders give Sask. Children’s Hospital a boost as moving plans proceed for new facility First-of-its-kind program to fill gap in Indigenous childbirth care

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