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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.

Pope Francis

New Emergency Department

Updated November 13, 2020

Piles are being driven into the ground at the site of the new Misericordia emergency department (ED), marking the beginning of construction.

The $65 million project will benefit Albertans by enhancing the delivery of care and supporting more patients. Until the new ED is completed, the existing ED continues to operate and care for patients.

The new ED will be nearly three times the size of the current one, which currently sees more than 50,000 patients in a space designed for 25,000. It will have six ambulance bays (up from four), 66 treatment spaces (an increase of 40), as well as a diagnostic services area.

After piling is done and foundations are poured, the next phase of construction will begin in the New Year.

“We’re really looking forward to that next phase, when we actually start seeing things build upward,” says Heath Ramsden, clinical liaison at the Misericordia.

In a media release from Alberta Infrastructure, Patrick Dumelie, CEO for Covenant Health, thanked the government for supporting the project. “The enhanced emergency department capacity will ensure we continue to provide high quality, compassionate care to our patients in a state-of-the-art environment designed to meet their needs and to support our teams to do their best work.”

Construction of the new ED is expected to finish in late 2022, and it will open to the public in 2023.

 

 

Parking changes

During construction, some of the parking spots in the front parking lot will be required as part of the construction site. Modifications to the parking lot will also be made as part of the construction plan, which may mean changes to traffic flow for periods of time.

We recognize that reduced parking in the front lot may cause some challenges for patients and their families, and we’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Signs will be posted to direct overflow traffic to a second parking lot behind the hospital, and eight additional handicap parking spots have been added on the south side of the Mother Rosalie building, near the parking lot entrance off 87 Avenue.

 

Meeting Community Needs

Did you know that in 2016:

73% of patients visiting the ED were classified as urgent, emergent or at resuscitation level, as per Canadian triage guidelines?

Mental health and/or addiction are the primary reason for many ED visits?

  • 11% of admitted ED patients
  • 6% of visits without admission

The ED serves many older Albertans and frail seniors?

  • 22% of ED patients are 65+
  • 50% of those admitted are seniors

About The Project

New Emergency Department

A new and expanded Emergency Department (ED) is being constructed on the west side of the Misericordia Community Hospital (MCH) with funding from the Alberta Government.

The $65-million project will benefit Albertans by enhancing the delivery of care, while also addressing service pressures in the area.

The facility will be state-of-the-art, with a patient-centred design that incorporates architectural best practices. Once open, it will provide a compassionate and safe care environment for patients and staff with enhanced efficiencies, privacy and safety.

The new ED will replace the existing one, which currently serves 51,000 visits per year in a space designed for 25,000.

The new ED is a significant step towards a modern, vibrant MCH that will meet the needs of the communities in west Edmonton and northern Alberta for generations to come. It follows other investments made at the site in recent years, including new Neonatal care and Mental Health units, as well as expanded Medicine units

Construction work is expected to begin in summer 2020, with the ED opening in spring 2023. The current emergency department remains open during construction to ensure patient care is uninterrupted.

Funding

The Government of Alberta has allocated $65 million for the design and construction of the new Emergency Department. This is a capital project of Alberta Infrastructure and Alberta Health, led by Alberta Health Services as provincial health authority and Covenant Health as service provider and operator.

Click here to download the fact sheet