- A new regional hospital and cancer centre in Grande Prairie will help more northern patients receive specialized and complex care, closer to home and with shorter wait times.
- The new hospital in Grande Prairie will function as a regional referral centre, providing health services to northwestern Alberta residents.
The new hospital will include:
- An increase in the ICU spaces and allows for growth to the emergency department. The new site will have 172 beds (compared to 161 at the QE2) and capacity to add an additional 60 in the future.
- A state-of-the-art cancer centre with two radiation vaults, bringing radiation therapy services to the community and the surrounding region. The centre is part of a provincewide strategy to open a corridor of cancer care treatment centres across Alberta. Grande Prairie will become the fifth city in the province to offer radiation therapy, joining Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge and Red Deer.
- Eight operating rooms. Shelled-in space for two additional operating rooms will be included to meet increased demands in the future. There will also be an operating room in the obstetrical suite specifically for caesarians.
- Obstetrics – space for an anticipated 2,150 annual births in the region by 2025;
- Diagnostic imaging – including an MRI and future expansion capability;
- Respiratory therapy, laboratory and pharmacy services; and
- Approximately 4,000 square metres for the nursing and medical careers program from the Grande Prairie Regional College.
Alberta Health Services & Alberta Infrastructure