The UHS Henderson project is a 142 bed medical facility that spans more than 250,000 square feet. The hospital is built for future expansions and features  four operating rooms, with two shelled OR rooms for future expansion, women’s center, including  labor, delivery, recovery,  post-partum, C-Section, and NICU, cath lab, GI bronchial, and radiology services with a target value design of $170 million.

The UHS Henderson Hospital project utilized an integrated lean project delivery (ILPD) method which strives to elimimate waste in construction. Likewise, the project features an IFOA (integrated form of agreement) contract to bind together ten different companies, including Universal Health Services, Southland Industries, Turner Construction, SR Construction, Berg Electric, Buehler & Buehler, Amfab Steel, Excel Engineering, Anning-Johnson, and HMC Architects. With an IFOA, all 10 companies have a shared interest in striving to achieve the same goals.

The IFOA contract ties together these 10 companies to share in the risk or reward of the project. The team is incentivized to increase quality while decreasing cost. The incentive is the 50 percent enhanced profit. If the total project cost is less than the agreed contract value, the savings go back to the signing partners, up to 50 percent of the agreed profit. For example, if the entire profit pool for the project is $5,000,000 the team can earn up to an additional $2,500,000 of profit split amongst the team. Any savings beyond that will go straight back to the owner for additional upgrades that may not be in the current contractual value, this is called Project Target Cost Estimate (PTCE). In order for the team to receive the enhanced profit, the goals set in  the contract must be met. These goals are defined as:

  1. Energy Star Rating of 90 or higher for the first 12 months of operation (8% of the enhanced profit pool)
  2. Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores during the first 12 months show an average Cleanliness of the Hospital Environment at a rating of 82 or higher, or 15% above the national average, (8% of the enhanced profit pool)
  3. HCAHPS scores during the first 12 months show an average Quietness of Hospital Environment at a rating of 67 or higher, or 15% above the national average, (8% of the enhanced profit pool)
  4. Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) during the first 12 months rate an average of:
    1. 45 or less per 1,000 APD or MRSA infections (or 10 % below the national average)
    2. 81 or less per 1,000 APD or Clostridium Difficile (or 10 % under the CDC NHSN SIR)
    3. 45 or less per 1,000 APD for Multiple Drug Resistant Organisms (or 10% below the national average)
    4. HAI’s will be measured utilizing Standardized Infection Rations (SIR’s) and rates for MDROs. (8% of the enhanced profit pool)
  5. Hospital capital costs related to design or construction modifications or omissions are zero after 12 months. Any modifications or omission discovered may be paid out of this portion of the incentive up to the 8%. (8% of the enhanced profit pool)
  6. Patient falls during the first 12 months are an average of 2.15 or less, 10% lower than the UHS Benchmark of 2.39/1,000 APD. (8% of the enhanced profit pool)

The team was challenged to build a hospital with all of the requests from UHS and Valley Health System – a local operational branch of UHS in the Las Vegas Valley, that were incorporated for $170 million. This was no small task. The initial estimates of the hospital were well over the PTCE. Through heavy cooperation, collaboration, and innovation, the team was able work the estimate in order to achieve that PTCE. The team members work frivolously to find savings in just about any category, ranging from material and equipment buyouts to restructuring workflows in order to achieve maximum productivities.

The IFOA drives innovation, collaboration, and cooperation from all parties tied to it. Team members no longer focus on their own bottom line. With the profit pool of these ten companies tied together, it encourages team members to challenge each other on a continual basis to reduce risk and increase productivity. It is a never-ending exchange of trade-offs where somebody may take a $100,000 hit in order for another to achieve a $250,000 savings. Overall, it creates a safe environment where team members can present their risks or opportunities without the fear of reprisal.



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