ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, ALTA.—Rocky Mountain House Health Centre in Alberta will be getting a $10-million surgical upgrade, officials announced.
Plans are underway to build a new operating room to support the surgical program and upgrade the medical device reprocessing department where reusable medical devices are cleaned and sterilized.
The construction is also part of the Alberta Surgical Initiative, which aims to provide surgeries to all patients within wait times recommended by medical experts.
The facility currently only has one operating room where approximately 150 procedures are completed each month, including about 60 general and gynecological surgeries, 90 endoscopies, plus hernia repairs, carpal tunnel repairs and other minor procedures.
Officials noted with the addition of a new dedicated operating room, the hospital will have capacity to perform 120 surgeries each month or double the number now. The existing operating room will become a procedure room and will offer triple the number of endoscopies and minor procedures, or about 240 procedures each month.
Plans also include additional recovery rooms and patient support areas. In addition to increasing surgeries, officials aim to reduce pressure on central Alberta’s major hospitals, like Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. This also means rural residents can get treatment closer to home.
“This funding will have a direct impact on our ability to enhance the surgical program in Rocky Mountain House and in central Alberta,” said Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO of Alberta Health Services, in a statement. “It is vital we keep our health care infrastructure current and up to date, and projects like these help maintain our facilities and ensure our patients receive quality care in the best environments.”
Design work on the project is underway and is expected to be complete in early 2022. Once the design is approved, construction timelines will be finalized and shared with the community.