Surgical Scheduling and Capacity Planning
The purpose of this project is to develop a mathematical model that will effectively answer scheduling and capacity planning challenges for meeting wait time targets for surgeries at Ottawa Hospital. We look to incorporate both operating room time and bed utilization in a sequential decision model of the surgical scheduling process from ‘decision to treat’ date through to discharge from the hospital. The presence of significant uncertainty both in demand and in service times makes this a challenging problem; one that defies an easy solution. The aim is to provide the hospital with both a scheduling policy and a capacity plan that will maintain wait times within the government mandated wait time targets.