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With patients set to move into the brand-new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon on Sept. 29, staff are going over hundreds of items that need attention before the doors open.Carrie Dornstauder, provincial executive director of maternal and children’s programs, said in a press conference Friday that 599 items have been identified as needing fixes since construction finished. She said those items have been prioritized and many are already well on their way to getting sorted out.“Anything that’s a priority one will be ready for day one or we wouldn’t be moving. Some of them will continue on for a period after. It may be as simple as ‘Do we have enough lockers for nurses? Do we want to move a desk, or a chair?’ Or, ‘Are we waiting for another computer screen?’” Interim head of pediatrics Dr. Ron Siemens said issues raised last week by child and adolescent psychiatrists who toured the facility are also being worked through. Some of those concerns included sight lines from some nursing stations potentially leaving opportunities for patients to harm themselves. There were also concerns raised that some sliding doors could be barricaded from the inside and that potentially harmful items were being stored in unlocked cupboards.Siemens said he’s keeping in contact with the head of child and adolescent psychiatry to work through issues that have been identified. He noted there are some cases where something that appeared to a safety problem during a walk-through of an empty facility will not be an issue when staff are present.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“In our pediatric emergency, the patients are never by themselves. They’re always with either family or security or the nurse right in front of them. So we don’t see (sight lines in that area) as a major problem, but when you walk through, you might see it as a problem because you don’t know what process we have in place.”Siemens compared the process of identifying and fixing issues with what a family might experience moving into a brand new home.“You get in and you say ‘Gee, that desk is in the wrong place, that window needs a little help.’ And so, we’re having those things. We’re making sure that each division gives us their questions, we deal with them and we move forward in a continuous process of improvement.”Roughriders announce lottery partnership with hospital foundationAlso Friday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ charitable foundation announced it is joining forces with the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation (JPCHF) on a new lottery benefitting a number of causes in the province, including the hospital.Saskatchewan Roughrider Foundation Board Chair Craig Reynolds unveiled the new Touchdown for Kids Millionaire Lottery in Saskatoon’s Kinsmen Park.“We’ve been big supporters of the Jim Pattison Hospital Foundation for years and so to partner with them was just natural and allows us to do so many great things in the community and do more in the community,” Reynolds said. Matt Smith / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Funds raised will be split evenly between the Riders’ foundation, in support of youth programs around the province, and the hospital foundation.Brynn Boback-Lane, president and CEO of the Jim Pattison Hospital Foundation, said initiatives like the lottery will help keep the new hospital up-to-date.“It’s one thing to build a new children’s hospital for the province. It’s another thing to ensure that it’s sustainable and that we always have the right equipment and the right programming in place for the families and the children that come, the moms-to-be that come through the doors.” Bryn Levy / Saskatoon StarPhoenix  Tickets for the lottery went on sale starting Friday. The final draw will be held Dec. 19 for prizes including a $1 million grand prize, along with a $500,000 early bird prize available for tickets purchased before Nov. [email protected] Irene Dube’s handmade blankets make Children’s Hospital more homelike Children’s hospital celebrates upcoming opening amid internal tensions Children’s hospital to be named after Jim Pattison following ‘historic’ $50 million gift Matt Smith / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Brynn Boback-Lane, president and CEO of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation announces the Touchdown for Kids Millionaire Lottery in Saskatoon, Sask. on Sept. 20, 2019. (left-to-right) Saskatchewan Health Authority vice-president Corey Miller, maternal and children’s programs executive director Carrie Dornstauder and interim pediatrics head Dr. Ron Siemens speak to media on Sept. 20, 2019 in Saskatoon, Sask. Roughrider Foundation Board Chair Craig Reynolds announces the Touchdown for Kids Millionaire Lottery in partnership with the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation. Photo taken in Saskatoon, Sask. on Sept. 20, 2019.