Parkland Health and Hospital System (PHHS) is Dallas’ only public hospital, providing state-of-the-art medical services to more than 1 million patients annually. It includes Parkland Memorial Hospital, Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC), Parkland Community Health Plan, and the Parkland Foundation.
Three years ago, PHHS began work on a new $1.27 billion, 3.4 million-square-foot healthcare campus. When completed, it will include an 862-bed acute care hospital, outpatient clinics, parking garage, central utility plant, and other support facilities.
Public funding―including US$747 million in tax and revenue bonds―accounts for a significant part of the project’s budget. PHHS’ commitment to ensuring fiscal transparency throughout the project played an important role in securing overwhelming taxpayer approval for the bond measure.
To execute on this commitment, PHHS created a central project office and standardized on Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management as the platform for managing the massive initiative. PHHS required all internal team members as well as external project partners―including architects, engineers, construction companies, consultants, and contractors―to use the system for scheduling. Today, more than 1,000 professionals, spanning 150 groups and companies, use the system.
More than two years into the project, construction initiatives are running slightly ahead of schedule and under budget, and PHHS attributes an important part of this success to its rigorous project management model, which Primavera P6 supports. For example, the 1,700-space parking garage came in US$6.6 million―approximately 14%―under its US$45 million project. In addition, the primary hospital came in US$8 million under its US$683 million budget.
The Parkland Campus initiative is an extraordinarily large and complex construction initiative, and PHHS wanted to manage it internally. To achieve this goal, it required a robust and proven project management solution that could support a wide variety of internal as well as external users and enable a unified work breakdown structure for all parties.
“Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management is the industry standard for project management, so it was our first and only choice for the Parkland Campus project,” said Patrick Casey, senior program controls manager, Parkland Health and Hospital System. “We have no room for error on this highly visible and largely, public-financed initiative, and Primavera is helping us to meet our commitments for on-time, on-budget delivery of its components.”
PHHS selected Critigen LLC, which is a subcontractor to construction and engineering firm CH2M Hill in the Parkland campus initiative, as its Primavera implementation partner. The health system included requirements for its IT implementation partner as part of its contractor request-for-proposal (RFP) process.
“Critigen played an important role in mapping and completing integration of Primavera P6 to our financial environment, as well as for other tools. This integration was vital, as it enables us to link project information in Primavera P6 and financial data elsewhere in the enterprise in near real time―for an accurate view of project budgets and progress. Critigen has consistently delivered valuable insight and technical expertise, and it continues to be involved in managing the master schedule for the healthcare campus initiative,” Casey said.