CALGARY, ALTA. — Alberta officials announced work will soon start on major upgrades to Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary.
The project will increase the emergency department by 15 beds, including two new trauma areas. Officials plan to increase the intake area used to assess and treat patients from six to 26 spaces, and the ambulance drop-off area will be relocated closer to the hospital’s emergency department.
The facility’s mental health short-stay unit will be upgraded to address mental health treatment capacity. The project will also include replacement laboratory space to house state-of-the-art diagnostic services as demand for laboratory services at the hospital is rapidly increasing. Officials estimated that 2.3 million tests will be completed onsite by 2029-30, up more than one-third from current levels.
The province stated work on the emergency department expansion and the mental health short-stay unit will begin soon and are expected to be complete in the spring of 2022.
“Investing in health facilities is part of our ongoing commitment to strengthen our publicly funded health system,” said Tyler Shandro, minister of health, in a statement. “I’m proud this project will help the Peter Lougheed Centre provide top-quality emergency, mental health and laboratory services to people in Calgary and southern Alberta for years to come.”