While the planning and construction of a new building is complex and time consuming, it is an activity most healthcare leaders are familiar with and have probably had some direct experience. What healthcare leaders often find more complex and daunting is the task of activating the new building and transitioning operations so the building is ready to safely treat patients on Day One.
Transition and activation planning is the coordination of the physical, clinical, human resource and operational components of the move into a new building or space to facilitate an on-time, on-budget, safety-event-free opening.
Given the sheer number and magnitude of operational changes that typically come with the opening of a new building, the number of staff who must be oriented to new processes and life safety procedures, and the natural anxiety that always surfaces, an effective transition and activation schedule which lays out the tasks to be accomplished in a detailed manner is paramount. An integrated activation schedule, much like orchestra score, describes what should be done, by whom and when, resulting in staff being able to competently conduct Day One operations.