The existing St. Elisabeth Hospital (Sehos) on Curaçao needs to be replaced. The government of Curaçao has tasked the Foundation for the Development of the Dutch Antilles (SONA) with the construction of a new hospital. AT Osborne was then involved by SONA to advise in the areas of care processes, hospital buildings, fixed assets and issuing contracts. An important requirement for the new hospital is that the building must fit in with the culture and styles of construction on Curaçao. It also needs to be a contemporary and sustainable building that will operate reliably, especially because it is the only hospital on the island.
The new building will house all specialist areas from the present Sint Elisabeth Hospital as well as new kinds of care based on best practices and other up-to-date approaches. The Minister of Health, Environment and Nature gave SONA (Foundation for Development of the Dutch Antilles) the job of designing and building the “Nos Hospital Nobo” (“Our new hospital”). USONA is carrying out this job for SONA and has split it into construction, transition of the organisation and design.
For the construction task, USONA involved AT Osborne from the start in a number of management and consultancy activities. It was decided to outsource the design and the construction of the project jointly, on the basis of a requirements catalogue, and during the design and construction to use the existing hospital organisation as a sounding board. The party who was awarded the contract needed to demonstrate that the different subsections of the design and the implementation complied with the requirements, and that their processes were designed in such a way as to achieve this. With the project management for both the contractor and the principal based on quality assurance (of products and processes) and risk management, special attention needed to be paid to local procurement of materials and workforce, cultural heritage and local conditions.
Following an international tender, Ballast Nedam International appeared to have submitted the winning bid. As part of the preparation nd project management, AT Osborne is carrying out the following activities:
- Requirements catalogue and contract preparation
- Project management
- Contract management
- Quality management
- Technical management
- Technical testing
To ensure that the (medical) equipment can easily be installed in the building, AT Osborne is also handling the definition and procurement of (medical equipment) for the hospital. Quality management will make sure that the (draft) documents provided by the contractor are checked by the technical testers and the results shared with the contractor. In addition, the construction quality delivered as well as the establishment of quality management by the contractor will be monitored and supervised. Finally, a random audit will be carried out to check how the contractor has ensured that their own processes are followed.