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Oulu University Hospital builds new Children and Women’s hospital

08 May 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Smith
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Council approved the 75 million euro project

The renewal of Oulu University Hospital begins with the building of a new Children and Women’s hospital. Oulu University Hospital council approved the 75.2 million euro project unanimously.

The renewal is not just about building walls and a modern hospital, but at the same time it starts a grand rethinking and renewal of procedures and operational models. This is done to improve patient safety, the quality of care, effectiveness, and productibility.

“The council members have made an important decision, which launches the OYS Future Hospital 2030 project. It is important that the views of all parties involved are heard regarding the development of the hospital. This decision has been under preparation for the whole council term. The council members were welcome to participate in the planning through meetings, council infos, and discussions in them”, the council’s chair Esko Valikainen says.

Valikainen thinks Northern Finland needs a modern hospital.

“It guarantees the university hospital’s operations, and university-level education in appropriate premises.”

Oulu University Hospital board’s chair Antti Huttu-Hiltunen thanks the dedicated and long-term work of the Future Hospital’s project office and the hospital’s operative management.

“Us elected officials have been able to participate in the decision making and funding planning for the past term. The Children and Women’s hospital is the first subproject and is happening. The following subprojects will also go through the council and the board.”

Huttu-Hiltunen notes that new building must benefit individuals, the hospital, and society.

“But we mustn’t focus on premises alone, but functionality. Therefore it is significant that the staff is able to participate in the project’s planning. The hospital’s profit goal is important, but effectiveness is more important. Wellness does not come out of treatment days, but healthy days.”

Chief Administrative Physician Juha Korpelainen is overjoyed that the project is materializing soon after four years of planning. The planning was done from a patient point-of-view.

“It is a family-centric effort. The ground work has been done with the staff and patients, so the hospital’s family-centric care rises to a whole new level with the new procedures and operational models”, Korpelainen emphasizes.

The current premises, built mainly in the 1960-1970s, are no longer up-to-date. New building was supported by the poor building technical quality of the current children’s hospital, the opportunity to utilize the vacating women’s hospital premises as substitute premises, and the possibility to expand labor operations.

“The most important aspect is the unification of splintered operations and units into one. This is an aspect that significantly increases patient security. The planning also takes into account the upcoming social and healthcare reform and aims to anticipate future structures”, Korpelainen says.

Along with the building of the Children and Women’s hospital, the core hospital will take shape. The decision of construction is slated for this year. These two subprojects are the first in the approximately 500 million euro Future Hospital 2030 project. All the hospital premises will be renovated or new buildings shall be constructed.

“The construction of the new hospital allows us a unique opportunity to renew procedures and operational models, and to utilize the latest technology more extensively and effectively while bettering our service production, and the effectiveness of care significantly”, program director Kari-Pekka Tampio emphasizes.

According to Tampio, the increase in productivity can be significant enough to cover the real estate investment costs over its lifespan.

The Children and Women’s hospital will consist of five floors, spanning 25,800 square meters. Two floors will be below ground. The building will be situated in the Northern end of Oulu University Hospital next to Kajaanintie. The construction starts next year. The hospital is slated to be finished in 2020.

The Children and Women’s hospital will be executed as an alliance so that the ordering party, designers, and constructors have pledged to further the project together. This ensures that the construction budget is within the goal.

For more information

Esko Valikainen, council chair, 044 4691 479 esko.valikainen(a)kalajoki.fi

Juha Korpelainen, Chief Administrative Physician, Oulu University Hospital, 0400 834 541, juha.korpelainen[a)ppshp.fi

Kari-Pekka Tampio, Program director, Future Hospital 2030 program, 040 151 4005, kari-pekka.tampio(a)ppshp.fi

Antti Huttu-Hiltunen, chair of the board, 044 4970 659, antti.huttu-hiltunen(a)ouka.fi