December 3, 2020
GRANDE PRAIRIE – The Government of Alberta has announced the city’s new hospital will be named the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital.
The name was chosen by the Ministry of Health following in-person and online engagement sessions with staff, physicians, volunteers, partners and regional stakeholders. Grande Prairie Regional Hospital had been the unofficial name of the project throughout construction.
“We heard clearly from healthcare providers and the community about how important this new facility is to everyone in Grande Prairie and the region as a whole,” says Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health. “From these consultations, it became clear that the community wanted this new facility to be named the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. This is their hospital. So we’re pleased to give this facility the name that the people of this great city wanted.”
Tracy Allard, MLA for Grande Prairie and a longtime city resident, says she’s eagerly awaiting the opening of this facility.
“The hospital will improve access to quality health care services and strengthen the quality of life throughout our region for years to come,” Allard says.
“The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital will deliver complex and state-of-the-art care to families and individuals in and around Grande Prairie,” adds Travis Toews, MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapati. “Our city and the entire region has worked hard to make this new hospital a reality. It’s exciting to see the community recognized in the name of the facility.”
Outdoor signage with the hospital’s official name is currently being installed at the hospital site.
Greg Cummings, Chief Zone Officer for the North Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS), says he is grateful to everyone who participated in the naming consultations in late 2019.
“We appreciate all of the feedback we heard during this process,” says Cummings. “Various perspectives from these sessions — such as the regional nature of the hospital, the geographic reach of services, its position as a place of learning, and recognition of the diverse cultural groups served — will all be reflected in different aspects of the hospital. Alberta Health Services is very happy to move forward under the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital name.
“Together with partners at Grande Prairie Regional College, the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation and Grande Prairie Hospitals Auxiliary, AHS looks forward to welcoming our first patients and families alongside our staff, physicians, students and volunteers at the new Grande Prairie Regional Hospital,” he adds.
Since AHS took possession of the building this summer, teams have been busy working through the operational planning and commissioning phase of the project. This stage is crucial to ensuring the facility, the building and medical systems, and our healthcare teams are all fully prepared to provide safe and quality care to our patients prior to opening.
Operational planning and commissioning includes ordering and installation of furniture and equipment; detailed cleaning of the entire building; training staff to use the new equipment and systems; and thorough testing of all the medical and operational systems in order to ensure everything is safe and working properly before being used to provide patient care.
This process will also include implementation of AHS’ new Connect Care provincial health information network, which enables healthcare providers and patients quick access to up-to-date patient information in one single patient record.
A second phase of construction at the new hospital is currently underway, adding a 28-bed mental health unit and a 32-bed medical unit. In addition, design work has begun on two operating suites, supported by the Alberta Surgical Initiative. These two new suites will bring the total number of ORs at the site to 11, including a dedicated maternity operating room.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.