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Using Advanced Process Simulation Methodology to Plan for a Major Facility Renovation – Surgical Suite at The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW)

by Kolker, Alexander

Abstract: Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) is in the planning stages for a major facility renovation of its surgical suite to increase capacity; patient, physician, and staff satisfaction; and efficiency of surgical services. Principles of management science and operations research helped address the issue of capacity analysis and patient flow in the complex surgical facility. Discrete events computer simulation methodology helped predict if the current number of beds and operating rooms and their allocation for the various surgical services would be enough to meet the projected patient flow demand from 2009 to 2013. Using computer simulation of a number of feasible scenarios, the team determined the best possible allocation of available resources (operating rooms and beds) to meet the accepted criteria and estimated the implementation cost of different options. Projected return on investment is 7% over a 15-year period, and positive cash flow in year one.

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