The $13.3 million Grey Nuns Day Clinic Support Building and a similar project underway at the Misericordia Community Hospital are part of Caritas Health Group's participation in Capital Health's Growing in Place 2010 plan. Under this plan, 800 acute care beds and 1,000 long term care beds will be added in the region by 2010.
As the additions are completed, offices and clinics will be moved out of the Caritas hospitals to free up space for approximately 100 beds at each of the two facilities—increasing the patient capacity at these sites by 38% over the next two years. The vacated space will be converted back to inpatient units, expanding Medicine, Surgery, Geriatric and Women's Health Programs. A new unit to care for stroke patients will also be established at the Grey Nuns.
"This will have a tremendous impact on our ability to serve our local communities—and beyond," says Greg Hadubiak, Vice-President for the Grey Nuns and Caritas Planning and Development. "Each inpatient area we reclaim aims to relieve pressures on our busy Emergency Departments, and will allow us to perform more surgeries and meet the needs of the growing number of patients with chronic or complex medical conditions."
The four-storey 5,310 square meter annex at the Grey Nuns will open Fall 2005. It will house the Pre-Admission Clinic, Diabetes Centre, IV Therapy Clinic, Psychiatric Outpatient Program, Capital Health Home Care and Regional Palliative Care, as well as a new regional renal dialysis unit.
At the Misericordia, a new three-storey addition will be constructed in 2006 at the southeast corner of the property. The 4,720 square meter facility will be home to the Child Health Clinic, Geriatric Assessment Clinics, Diabetes Centre, Healing Connections, Outpatient Mental Health, Pre-Admission Clinic, Urodyamics, Northern Alberta Continence Services, and Capital Health Home Care and Community Rehabilitation.