The School

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"The School" is the building at 700 Elgin that the DOM is converting into clinic space.

In the fall of 2017, our Department, in cooperation with Health Sciences Centre and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (now Shared Health), agreed to a $8.9M project where 13 of our ambulatory care clinics which see over 75,000 patients a year, would be consolidated into a brand-new clinic in what was once a school located next to HSC.

Working with our partners at WRHA (Now Shared Health) Capital Planning, Health Sciences Centre and MMP Architects Inc., this new clinic is planned with evidence based design principles, using an “On-stage/Off-stage model/design.”

What is “On-stage/Off-stage design”? For patients, the experience is like any conventional clinic – they check in at a reception desk, sit in a designated waiting areas and transit patient hallways to an exam room. What makes on-stage/off-stage different is that the patient areas are separated from the areas the clinic staff and physicians use. Each clinic room has two doors, one leading out to the patient hallways, and another opening onto large staff workspaces which are designed to encourage collaboration between physicians, residents, staff and between subspecialties.

Researchers studying this model of clinic design report that patients perceive higher privacy levels and experience lower wait times.

The time physician and staff spend with patients rises, the distances staff and physicians travel is greatly reduced and communication between care providers is significantly improved.

With the consolidation of 13 clinics scattered around the HSC campus, combined with the advantages of the clinic’s On-stage/Off-stage design, the Department expects more interdisciplinary care and patients seeing various subspecialists during a single visit.The Department expects to move into our new clinic space in late 2020 or early 2021.

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