The now upgraded and expanded surgical suite at the Stollery Children’s Hospital was unveiled Friday.
With the improvements the Stollery can now handle 2800 more surgeries per year. The suite includes two procedure rooms and five operating rooms.
To pay for the project, the province chipped in over $33-million, with the Stollery Foundation funding $2.5-million.
Premier Rachel Notley says she’s proud that the province could come through with funding on this project.
“This is exactly the kind of front line service that Albertans rely on,” says Notley. “It’s the kind of public service that Albertans care about protecting. It would not be here and it would not be protected if we didn’t have a commitment to stable and predictable funding within our health care system.”
Notley also announced that operation hours at the Stollery are increasing as well.
“Since operational hours were recently increased to 24 hours a day, three days a week, the number of postponed surgeries has dropped by 93 per cent. This fall, the operational hours for these recovery beds will increase further to 24 hours a day, five days a week.”
August 29th is the start date for the expanded suite. tl/kb/bg