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The redevelopment of the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) campus has been on the Government of Alberta’s priority list for health care infrastructure spending for over 20 years. Prior to Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) inception in 2008, Capital Health included the RAH on their list of infrastructure priorities. This dates back to the early to mid 1990’s. When Capital Health merged into AHS, the RAH continued to appear on the list of top health infrastructure needs. In October 2016, AHS listed three distinct infrastructure needs at the RAH in the highest priority category, which is defined as projects with high strategic demand and high risk if no action is taken.

These projects need to be funded immediately, as part of Phase One of the redevelopment.

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Building
  • Clinical Services Building
  • A new Active Treatment Centre/Main Hospital (ATC)

Without funding, patient care, safety and dignity continues to be compromised.

Present

The RAH serves more than half a million patients annually and is a critical piece of health care infrastructure in Alberta. Along with serving all of Edmonton, patients come from across Northern Alberta, the North West Territories and the Yukon for care that cannot be delivered locally. A major disruption of service at the RAH would send the entire health system into turmoil.

While the hospital has seen upgrades and investments in certain areas, many patients are still cared for in spaces that do not meet today’s standards of care.

For example, single patient rooms are industry standard to prevent the spread of infection and ensure patient privacy. But rooms in the ATC still house four, or even five beds – with patients all sharing one bathroom.

The current infrastructure, from the HVAC to the electrical system, is too old to be updated and can’t support the technology modern medicine requires. The RAH has experienced two electrical fires in the past year and flooding frequently shuts down units. This puts unnecessary and avoidable stress on patients and staff.

Edmonton has long been overlooked for healthcare infrastructure spending. In the time that the RAH has been waiting for government funding, Calgary has built three new hospitals – despite the health care needs of Edmontonians being greater than Calgarians.

An investment in the RAH means that one of Canada’s busiest hospitals would finally be brought into the 21st Century.

Future Vision

The RAH needs a funding commitment that would complete Phase One of the redevelopment of the hospital.

Phase One includes:

  • Construction of a new, 800 bed main hospital tower, also known as the Active Treatment Centre. This would house a new emergency room, surgical suites, acute care beds and more.
  • Construction of a new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Facility.
  • Construction of the Clinical Services Building.
  • A new Parkade.
  • District Utility Plant upgrades.
  • Demolition of existing and unused buildings.

The total estimated cost of Phase One could be well over $1 Billion.

To complete the redevelopment of the RAH campus, which includes the Capital Care Norwood building, the Active Treatment Centre, the Orthopedic Centre and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, a total investment of $4 Billion is required. However, those additional projects fall into Phase Two of the master plan and do not require immediate funding.

The RAH has been patiently waiting at the top of the health care infrastructure list for over 20 years. Without an investment the entire health system is at risk and patient care, safety and dignity continues to be compromised.

The Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation

Established in 1984, the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation provides a way for thousands of individuals and organizations to support the Royal Alexandra Hospital and its number one priority: building better health care.

Through our capital campaigns, the annual Full House lottery, and a variety of fundraising initiatives, the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation is committed to supporting improved healthcare outcomes for the hundreds of thousands of people who seek treatment at the Royal Alexandra Hospital every year.

The Foundation funds ground-breaking education, cutting-edge research, next-generation technologies and facility enhancements. It also supports a growing number of specialized centres of health care excellence located at the Royal Alexandra Hospital campus, including the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, the CK Hui Heart Centre, the Orthopedic Surgery Centre and the Eye Institute of Alberta.