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New facilities

Capital Health opens $2-million gastroenterology centre

EDMONTON – Capital Health and the University of Alberta have officially opened the Zeidler Gastrointestinal Health Centre, the new home of the Division of Gastroenterology.

The 30,000-square-foot, three-storey building located next to the University of Alberta Hospital is Canada’s first clinical facility dedicated solely to gastroenterology patient care and research.

A $2-million donation from Midge Zeidler to the University Hospital Foundation funded the development of this new specialized facility. The donation is one of the largest contributions the University Hospital Foundation has received and the biggest ever in support of gastroenterology. “I am pleased to have contributed funding for a building that will help advance innovative patient care and research for thousands of people suffering from stomach and liver diseases,” said Midge Zeidler.

“We are sincerely grateful to Midge Zeidler for her generous contribution,” said Allan Sawin, Chair of the University Hospital Foundation. “The new facility and its multidisciplinary concept will have a tremendous impact on gastroenterology care and research and will help Capital Health and the University of Alberta attract and retain some of the best experts in the field.”

Prior to the opening of the Zeidler Gastrointestinal Health Centre, faculty, physicians, support staff, patient-care facilities, clinical research and diagnostic equipment were in varied locations across the hospital and university campus.

“This incredible new facility allows us to work more efficiently and collaboratively under one roof,” said Dr. Richard Fedorak, Director of the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Alberta Hospital. “As a result, we will be able to advance gastrointestinal care and research farther and faster than ever before.”

The new facility accommodates:

• 100 Capital Health and University of Alberta staff;

• Outpatient consultation clinics;

• A Gastrointestinal Clinical Trials Centre that assesses and tests new treatments for gastrointestinal and liver disorders;

• Dedicated teaching areas to train scientists and physicians; and

• Faculty, teaching and administration offices and facilities.

The Division of Gastroenterology is one of the leading programs for patient care and research in North America. The team treats approximately 8,000 patients annually and has $3.5 million in research grants.

About Capital Health
Capital Health in Edmonton is one of Canada’s largest health regions and is affiliated with the University of Alberta, providing integrated health services to one million residents in Edmonton and the surrounding area. Capital Health acts as a referral centre to central and northern Alberta, the North and the Prairies, providing specialized services such as trauma and burn treatment, organ transplants and high-risk obstetrics.