Through a renovation and
upgrading project that
began last January, the
in Grande Prairie will
double its capacity.
When the QEII Hospital in Grande Prairie opened in 1984, its emergency department had been designed to handle about 22,000
visits a year. In 2009, the emergency department
handled 50,000 visits.
Those numbers closely echo Grande Prairie’s overall
population growth. In 1984, the city had 24,411 residents; now, more than 50,000 people call the city home.
To say renovations underway at the department are
a relief is an understatement. Even the word “
renovations” is an understatement.
Changes currently being made to QEII’s emergency
department will dramatically change the way the
hospital delivers health care.
Through a project that began last January, the
department will double its capacity. The number
of trauma rooms will go from two to four, and the
trauma area will be equipped with a telestroke system
connected to specialists around the province. Eight
stretchers will be added, including a five-bed area
where patients can be assessed and cared for without
formal admission. A larger nursing station will be
installed, better sight lines created and patient privacy
The department’s expansion will see a number of
other services relocated to an adjacent wing in the
hospital, plus an endoscopy clinic and intravenous
therapy area will be created near the Emergency
“I can’t say enough about the benefits that we will
see from the expansion,” says Emergency department
manager Shelley Scorgie. She adds the renovations
and expansion will help reduce wait times for patients
and address the facility’s current needs.
The expansion is scheduled for completion in 2011.
“Patients will really notice the difference when this
expansion is done,” Scorgie says. “Their waits to see a
doctor or nurse will be shorter, and their overall quality of care will be even better than it is right now.”
reported by MArK EVANS and SCOTT SEyMOUr, AHS
Dramatic expansion underway at Grande
Shelley Scorgie, QEII Emergency department