Patients, staff and physicians will benefit from a larger, upgraded emergency department (ER) at the Stettler Hospital and Care Centre as the reconfigured space will reopen Mon. June 28.
The enhanced ER at the Alberta Health Services (AHS) facility opens its doors following a major renovation project that began in March of last year, with the goal of enhancing visibility, accessibility, privacy, security and workflow.
The ER renovations are part of a multi-year, $9.3 million renovation project which is drawing to a close at the Stettler hospital by early next year. Funding for the project comes from the Government of Alberta’s Infrastructure Maintenance Program.
Renovations include items such as a new, larger space for improved patient flow, a more secure and safe department for patients and staff, a two-stretcher trauma room, a new entrance to the ER, upgraded cardiac monitoring system and patient lifts, improved lighting, a private physician consultation area and more stretcher and treatment chairs.
This was the third phase of a renovation project that began in 2019.
The first phase included the building of a new pharmacy and gift shop and modified the cafeteria, laying the groundwork for subsequent phases.
The next phase included a Labour and Delivery reconfiguration, which enables mothers and their partners to stay in the same space for labour, delivery and postpartum care for the duration of their stay, with more privacy and comfort.
The final piece of the project is a new nutrition and food services area, which will include a new cafeteria attached to a more efficient kitchen and upgraded equipment.
Groundwork is complete, construction will resume in two weeks and anticipated completion is February 2022.
“Coming to an emergency department is usually stressful, so I’m pleased these renovations create an environment where people can be as comfortable as possible when they come here,” said Nate Horner, Drumheller-Stettler MLA.
The Stettler Health Services Foundation, which works with the community to make decisions about how best to allocate health-related donations, has raised a total of $650,000 to support all phases of the renovation project.
“Our foundation is very committed to our hospital, and we are extremely grateful it holds the same priority among our community,” says Leona Thorogood, Stettler Health Services Foundation chair. “Through a number of events such as the Festival of Lights, and through the generosity of community members, we have raised funds to purchase a variety of equipment for the ER and to support healthcare delivery in our region.”
A new entrance has been created for more direct access to emergency care.
The new emergency entrance will be available 24/7 for patients requiring emergency care. After 8 p.m. individuals will have to be buzzed in for increased security.
After hours, patients and families will have to use the emergency entrance.
The ambulance bay, which was temporarily relocated during construction, is back in use at its historical location.
It can be used by any patient that arrives by vehicle and requires urgent and immediate assistance.
Take a tour of the facility by watching this video on Youtube.
By Alberta Health Services