Hip and knee surgeries on track at Health Resource Centre, Calgary hospitals
May 3, 2010
All surgeries at the Health Resource Centre in Calgary are proceeding as scheduled.
An interim receiver has been appointed to take over operations of the Health Resource Centre (HRC) in Calgary, which performs hip and knee surgeries for Alberta Health Services.
The ruling, made May 3 in the Court of Queen’s Bench, came after Alberta Health Services (AHS) filed an application in court to have the receiver take over operation of HRC. AHS made the application to protect the interests of patients during bankruptcy proceedings in an ongoing legal dispute between Networc Health Inc. which owns HRC, and one of its creditors. AHS was successful in its request to appoint PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. (PwC) as the interim receiver.
All surgeries scheduled at the HRC will continue; any patient with concerns or questions about his/her surgery may contact AHS Patient Services Healthlink at 403-943-5465(LINK) or 1-866-408-5465 for more information.
Please note that surgeries outside the Calgary area are not affected.
AHS is committed to ensuring Albertans receive quality health care and timely access to surgical procedures. AHS will work in partnership with PwC and Networc Health Inc. to ensure that patient care is not disrupted.
Pursuant to an agreement signed in 2006 between HRC and the former Calgary Health Region, HRC provides publicly funded hip, knee, foot and ankle surgeries.
In 2009/10, about 1,000 surgeries were performed at HRC, including approximately one-third of all hip and knee surgeries performed in Calgary. Historically, HRC has performed approximately 900 hip and knee surgeries annually.
By early winter, AHS will be in a position to open eight additional operating rooms in the new McCaig Tower, an expansion of the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.