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City women’s hospital named after Lois Hole

EDMONTON – A new women’s hospital, planned to open in 2008, will be named after Lois Hole, the lieutenant-governor of Alberta (pictured at left).

The new $160-million women’s hospital will be constructed on the site of the Royal Alexandra Hospital, and will occupy four floors of a seven-storey building.

Like the Stollery Children’s Hospital at the University Hospital, it will be a “hospital within a hospital.” It will feature a special healing garden open to patients and families.

The Edmonton Journal reported that Hole attended the announcement at the Alex, and called it an honour and a thrill. Building the hospital is a sign that Albertans remain committed to public healthcare, she said.

“It’s only possible because Albertans from all walks of life have made it abundantly clear that first-class public healthcare is a top priority,” she said. “I’m very grateful to live in a country where people place such a high value on our public institutions ... and I’m equally grateful whenever people work to keep those public institutions alive and growing.”

Hole entered the hospital gymnasium in a wheelchair – it was her first public appearance since late October. She was treated for abdominal cancer a year and a half ago.

Dr. Wylam Faught, chief of women’s health at the Royal Alexandra, said the women’s hospital will be unique in the province. It was an honour, he said, to have it named after “an individual who means so much to so many and demonstrates in her caring ways all we are trying to achieve in our hospital.”