Implementation of a Hybrid Operating Room for Cardiac Surgery at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital: Collaboration and Change Management Challenges
This case deals with a project to build a hybrid operating room for cardiac surgery at Montreal's Sainte-Justine University Hospital. The case is discussed from the perspective of change management and implementation processes at the personal and organizational levels. The change involved the learning of new practices with state-of-the-art equipment and the collaboration of two medical teams: surgical and cardiology. This initiative, suggested by a cardiologist in 2002, was finally completed in 2010 following several years of fundraising efforts and the departure of several stakeholders. The arrival of a new CEO in 2009 gave fresh impetus to the project. The leaders of the two teams managed the change to the best of their ability, and a Tactical committee was set up to plan activities and prepare the various actors for the change (managers, cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, technologists, etc.). This case study of a successful change reports the perspectives and perceptions of fourteen key actors, including doctors, nurses, managers, administrators, heads of sectors and other units, and the chief executive officer.