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McCaig Tower opening adds surgical capacity in Calgary

October 12, 2010

New $550-million state-of-the-art facility in service this month

CALGARY – The opening of the new McCaig Tower at the Foothills Medical Centre (FMC) will significantly expand surgical capacity at FMC and offer specialized, patient-centred orthopedic care. The facility will open with a phased approach, starting October 20.

“The facilities within the new McCaig Tower have been designed to meet world standards in patient care,” said Gene Zwozdesky, Minister of Alberta Health and Wellness. “Given his tireless advocacy for bone and joint health, it is fitting that Calgary’s hub of orthopedic excellence is named in Bud McCaig’s honour.”

This provincially funded, $550-million acute care facility will open in phases, starting with: a new, 31-bed orthopedic surgical unit; two new operating rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology; four new day surgery beds; four new post-anesthesia recovery beds; one new X-ray room; and a new, expanded central sterile reprocessing unit for surgical instruments.

In its first year, the facility will create a 10 per cent increase in surgical capacity at the FMC, adding to the 17,000 surgeries performed annually at the Foothills Medical Centre.

“The McCaig Tower adds significant new capacity that addresses the health care needs of people living in Calgary and southern Alberta,” said Ken Hughes, AHS Board Chair. “This facility is design-built for orthopedic surgeries and orthopedic care and will provide excellence in service for patients requiring hip, knee and other orthopedic surgeries.”

When fully operational, the eight-storey McCaig Tower will be home to 23 operating rooms, 93 acute care beds, a 36-bed intensive care unit, new lab and diagnostic imaging areas as well as a muscular-skeletal clinic and other out-patient services. Equipped with the latest medical technology and specialized infection prevention and control features, the McCaig Tower is Alberta’s newest model for the delivery of health care.

“Combined, these new surgical suites, inpatient units, rehabilitation areas and supporting systems will help physicians and staff provide better care for patients,” said Dr. Peter Jamieson, medical director at the Foothills Medical Centre. “From over-sized, high-tech ORs to wireless medication and physician orders, McCaig Tower will offer the highest standards and latest innovation in the delivery of health care.”

Nearly $5 billion in provincial funding is invested in more than 1,000 health care-related infrastructure projects that are currently in various stages of completion across the province.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 3.7 million adults and children living in Alberta.

Taking into account the diverse needs of Albertans, AHS is strategically investing in the health system to support patients and communities to stay healthy and manage illness effectively.