Alberta Premier Rachel Notley unveils location of new Edmonton hospital.
The area of southwest Edmonton has seen significant growth in recent years and the trend is expected to continue through to 2030. Over the next decade it is expected to experience the largest growth rate of seniors. It’s in this location the provincial government announced it will be building a new modern hospital.
“This new Edmonton Health Campus site will be a model of modern health care delivery,” said Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO, Alberta Health Services, in a news release. “The campus will provide a comprehensive mix of health care services, integrating acute care and emergency services with care in the community. It will align and coordinate care including rehabilitation, addiction and mental health, seniors, diagnostic and ambulatory services. The campus will also help Albertans focus on wellness and illness prevention as part of a health care continuum.”
The new 350- to 500-bed,facility will be built on a 320-acre site with proximity to Anthony Henday Drive and the Queen Elizabeth II highway, and current LRT planning includes expansion to the site before 2040.
“This will be one of the largest and most technologically advanced health facilities in the city,” said Brian Mason, Minister of Infrastructure
The province has allocated $400 million for the new Edmonton hospital in its 2017 Capital Plan, which has committed $4.5 billion to plan and build health facilities over the next four years. According to a CBC News report, planning and development has already begun and the province plans to break ground in late 2020 with construction to be completed in nine years.