Opening the facility all at once will help streamline services in one location.
Having all inpatient programs under one roof will assist in continuity of care, making it easier for our healthcare teams to care for all our patients.
This will also eliminate the need for additional medical transport teams to move patients between the two facilities.
Care teams and their patients will remain in one location. Moving all at once is what’s best for our patients.
Grande Prairie Regional Hospital (GPRH) will serve a diverse population from throughout northwest Alberta.
Once open, the new hospital will include a wide-range of services including surgery, cancer care and emergency services. GPRH has all single inpatient rooms, including medical, mental health, intensive care, obstetrics, pediatrics and more.
There are two radiation vaults in the new state-of-the-art cancer centre, bringing radiation therapy services to the community and the surrounding region. This is a first for Northern Alberta. Outpatient programs will include specialized clinics, medical day procedures, and a cardiac/respiratory program.
In partnership with Grande Prairie Regional College, an educational space at the new hospital will be used for the training of nurses and other healthcare professionals.
There’s also a five story parkade with parking for the public, staff and students at the hospital in addition to surface parking.
The Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Hospital building will remain open once the new hospital is operational. Services to be provided at the QEII have yet to be fully determined.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) took possession of the new facility in July 2020. The operational planning and commissioning phase of the project is now underway.
This includes detailed cleaning, installation of furniture and equipment and training our staff to use the new medical equipment and systems. Testing of all the medical and operational systems is necessary to make sure everything is safe and working properly before being used for patient care.
Commissioning will also include implementation of our new Connect Care provincial health information network. This system will allow healthcare providers and patients easy access to up-to-date patient information in one single patient record. We’re excited to have the new hospital Connect Care capable from the start.
We are happy to be working with Alberta Infrastructure on the second phase of new hospital construction, currently underway. Phase two includes the buildout of a 28-bed mental health unit and an additional 32-bed medical unit in previously shelled space. Construction on this important phase of the project is expected to be finished in the fall of 2021, with operational planning and commissioning to follow.
Work has also begun on two new operating room suites, supported by the Alberta Surgical Initiative. These two new suites will bring the total number of ORs at the site to eleven, including a dedicated obstetrics OR in the maternity unit.