New Alberta Children’s Hospital set to
When it officially opens its doors on September 27, 2006, the new
Alberta Children’s Hospital will offer state-of-the-art healthcare
services to children of all ages throughout Southern Alberta.
The new hospital cost $253 million to construct. The province of Alberta
provided approximately $220 million, while community partners through
the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation provided $33 million in
funding for special design and architectural features, such as the
hospital’s Healing Gardens, interactive playgrounds, a gathering space
and pet room. An additional $20 million was provided from the community
through the Foundation to fund research chairs, professorships and
David Tuer, Calgary Health Region Board Chair, and Jack Davis, President
& Chief Executive Officer, in addition to other senior executives of the
Calgary Health Region, were joined in late August by the Honourable
Norman L. Kwong, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta; the Honourable Ralph
Klein (pictured), Premier of Alberta; the
Honourable Iris Evans, Minister of Health and Wellness; and His Worship
Mayor David Bronconnier, The City of Calgary, to celebrate the momentous
“The new Alberta Children’s Hospital is an outstanding example of the
Region’s and the provincial government’s strong commitment to providing
a future of excellence in healthcare to our community,” said David Tuer,
Board Chair, Calgary Health Region. “It stands as a testament to the
outstanding support of our partners, both in the provincial government
and in the community, who provided the necessary funds to make this
dream a reality.”
Premier Ralph Klein (pictured above) said, “This hospital is the first new freestanding
children’s hospital to be built in Canada in more than 20 years. It will
serve as part of a network of services throughout southern Alberta to
provide the finest possible healthcare for our children.”
Features of the new hospital include:
• Over 60% larger in size than the existing Alberta Children’s Hospital
• Site is master-planned to allow for future expansion to occur
laterally and not vertically – avoiding disruptions/shutdown of existing
areas during construction.
• Incorporates strategically located shelled-in areas within the
building that will accommodate some future growth.
• Incorporates latest information systems and technology – will
accommodate future technologies (wireless, fibre optics, etc.)
• Telehealth/teleconferencing capabilities from all rooms.
• Mechanical systems designed for energy efficiency. Triple glazed
windows in clinical areas reduces operating costs of mechanical air
systems and provides better quality heating and cooling to these areas.
• Mechanical systems designed to provide isolation capabilities in PICU,
Oncology and dedicated patient rooms in case of infection outbreak.
• Patient building mechanical systems designed to also provide isolation
capabilities by floor, wing or rooms in case of infection outbreak.
• Pre-manufactured headwalls to house medical gases, electrical outlets
and nurse call systems will allow future retrofits and changes to occur
without the need to demolish walls or shut down patient rooms.
• Interstitial service floor contains mechanical and electrical systems
over Emergency, PICU, DI, Surgery and Recovery to allow easy maintenance
and future renovations.
• Designed to serve 60,000 visits per year. The existing hospital was
built to accommodate 25,000 visits and is currently serving 47,000.
• Increased number of exam stations from 25 to 30 – including 2
dedicated exam rooms for mental health patients.
• Increased number of triage desks from 1 to 2. Triage desks have an
adjoining exam room to allow immediate patient assessments.
• Increased number of resuscitation/trauma beds from 2 to 4. Trauma
rooms have built-in overhead X-ray equipment eliminating the need to
transfer critical patients to DI.
• Dedicated procedure room for minor procedures – allowing increased
accessibility to trauma rooms for more acute procedures.
• Dedicated telehealth/teleconferencing room.
• Human Simulator room for hands-on, real time training for internal and
• Helipad located within 60 metres of Emergency.
• Increased number of Operating Theatres from 5 to 9 and includes the
• 1 OR with ability to accommodate interoperative MRI capabilities
• 2 ORs capable of handling minimally invasive SMART technology
• Capability for all 9 ORs to provide minimally invasive technology
• Exterior wall of MRI area is demountable for ease of equipment
• Increased the number of Special Procedure Rooms from 1 (which
contained both Cardiac Cath and Endoscopy) to 2 - 1 primarily for
angiography and 1 primarily for endoscopy.
• Increased induction rooms from 1 (in an open area) to 5 dedicated
induction rooms with parent accessibility.
• Increased post-op recovery beds from 12 to 22 beds.
• 50% increase in beds
• Consolidated 35 bed day surgery unit compared to existing ACH
consisting of two units (15 and 7 beds) located on two floors.
• Dedicated procedure room to allow pre-op patient assessment and
• Family lounge, breastfeeding room and parent lockers adjacent to Day
• Functionally, centrally located to Emergency, PICU and IPUs.
• Nuclear Medicine: from 1 to 2 units
• Fluoroscopy: from 1 to 2 units
• X-Ray: from 2 to 4 units (1 located within the orthopedics clinic)
• Ultrasound: from 4 to 6 rooms
• Includes state-of-the-art MRI and CT Scan technology.
• Dedicated induction room and recovery area within the DI suite.
• Full digital image reading to allow remote conferencing and faster
electronic access to images in OR’s and other critical care clinical