Strathcona Community Hospital to open May 21



News Release
Strathcona Community Hospital to open May 21
*People in Sherwood Park and the surrounding area will have access to a 24/7 emergency department when the Strathcona Community Hospital opens next month.
The new hospital in Sherwood Park will open in stages. When the hospital opens May 21, patients will have immediate access to new services such as laboratory services, a CT scanner, an intravenous therapy clinic, diagnostic imaging and an around-the-clock emergency department.

“We are building a better health care system that focuses largely on primary care. Not only will people and families come to the Strathcona Community Hospital for access to a 24-hour emergency department, people will also come for primary care to help manage their health and chronic conditions to hopefully avoid hospital stays in the first place.”
Fred Horne, Minister of Health

Hospital highlights
$130-million facility
24-hour emergency department
CT scanner
IV therapy clinic
Outpatient clinics to phase in after initial opening include: low-risk prenatal and women’s health, seniors health, orthopedic and sports medicine
Space for future expansion
Innovative infection prevention and control measures
Energy efficient design

The hospital will serve about 92,000 Strathcona County residents, plus people living in east Edmonton. This new facility will mean that about 30,000 fewer patients will need to make trips to Edmonton to visit a 24-hour emergency department, and will help alleviate some pressures in those facilities.

“The Strathcona Community Hospital will bring health care closer to home for the residents of Sherwood Park and Strathcona County. It will provide patients and families with increased access to first-class care.”
Dave Quest, Associate Minister of Seniors and MLA for Strathcona-Sherwood Park

“I’m excited about the new services that will be available to the citizens of Sherwood Park. 24/7 emergency services, CT scanning and IV therapy are examples of what will now be accessible within our community.”
Cathy Olesen, MLA for Sherwood Park

“This innovative new hospital will serve the residents of Strathcona in collaboration with local physicians. It will provide access to a modern Emergency Department as well as specialized ambulatory clinics.”
Dr. David Mador, Vice President and Medical Director, Northern Alberta, Alberta Health Services
Patients who are seriously ill will be treated at Strathcona Community Hospital, stabilized and then transferred to the appropriate acute care hospital in Edmonton.

The new hospital, located at 9000 Emerald Drive in Sherwood Park, will be open to the public for tours during the following times:

Thursday, May 1, 6 – 8 p.m.
Friday, May 2, 6 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 3, 2 – 4 p.m.
A virtual tour of the new facility will also be available on May 1 on the AHS website.

Urgent care services offered at Health First Strathcona will be integrated into the new hospital after the centre closes at midnight on May 20, 2014. People are encouraged to call Health Link Alberta at 1-866-408-5465 for health advice or to find out where to go to receive health care treatment.

Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta’s resources to ensure we’re able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

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