The Peter Lougheed Centre is one of the closest hospitals near Strathmore with 600 beds and with the Strathmore District Health services only having 23 acute care beds this means that when the Strathmore Hospital is full many residents travel to the Peter Lougheed Centre for their care.
Since the Peter Lougheed Centre is home to one of the busiest emergency rooms, the emergency department has had a redevelopment. Construction of Phase 1 began in the spring of 2021 and is now complete. Calgarians and Albertans now will benefit from a larger and upgraded triage area, an improved resuscitation and trauma space, and new, modern care spaces.
The $137-million redevelopment will also enhance Emergency Medical Services' access to the emergency department, improving the design and functionality for staff and patients.
Minister of Health Adriana LaGrange explained that the redeveloped emergency department at the Peter Lougheed Centre is another example of the government's commitment to strengthening the healthcare system in Calgary and across the province.
"The opening of the redeveloped emergency department will provide enhanced emergency care to better meet the needs of Calgarians."
The Government of Alberta said they have recognized there was a need for a new and larger space. Once all phases are complete, the Peter Lougheed Centre will have doubled in size and will support more patients with a total of 89 beds, decreasing emergency room wait times.
Minister of Infrastructure Pete Guthrie explained the final project will be finished in the fall of 2025.
"Alberta Infrastructure will continue to work closely with government and industry to deliver the high-quality infrastructure and increased health care access that Calgarians and Albertans need today and in the future.”
Phase 2 of the project is expected to begin in early fall 2023 and will feature new, state-of-the-art equipment that will help improve the patient experience and decrease wait time for patient diagnostics. This includes the addition of two portable X-ray machines, four additional bedside ultrasounds for a total of six, and a bladder scanner.
President and CEO of Alberta Health Services Mauro Chies thanks the Government of Alberta for their crucial investments into healthcare.
"The opening of the expanded emergency department demonstrates the government’s commitment to meet the growing needs of our city while helping improve access to care for those who need it most.”
When fully finished in 2025, the new emergency department will provide 25 additional care spaces, each with the added capability of continuous cardiac monitoring, while increasing the overall space of the emergency department from 2,300 square feet to 4,600 square feet.
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