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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 2016/17.

Strategic Planning

In 2011 the Ministry of Health adopted a 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 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 2016 - 2017 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 2016 – 2017 provincial health system Hoshin will help to achieve Saskatchewan’s health system transformation.

‘To improve access for patients and reduce ED (emergency department) waits by 60%, necessary improvements in key areas (primary health care, specialist consults, diagnostics, mental health & addictions, long term care, home care, and acute care) will be achieved by 2019.’** 

** Note:  Catchball process will inform specific targets around the necessary improvements for 2016-17.

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 are individually and collectively significant towards providing a caring environment in which to live and work.

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.

For 2016 – 2017 we have two Hoshin breakthrough projects.

1.    Culture of Safety – Believe in Zero

2.    Enhancing Primary Care and Mental Health Partnerships to Improve Patient Care


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