Through a renovation andupgrading project thatbegan last January, theemergency departmentin Grande Prairie willdouble its capacity.
When the QEII Hospital in Grande Prairie opened in 1984, its emergency department had been designed to handle about 22,000visits a year. In 2009, the emergency departmenthandled 50,000 visits.
Those numbers closely echo Grande Prairie’s overallpopulation 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 area relief is an understatement. Even the word “renovations” is an understatement.
Changes currently being made to QEII’s emergencydepartment will dramatically change the way thehospital delivers health care.
Through a project that began last January, thedepartment will double its capacity. The numberof trauma rooms will go from two to four, and thetrauma area will be equipped with a telestroke systemconnected to specialists around the province. Eightstretchers will be added, including a five-bed areawhere patients can be assessed and cared for withoutformal admission. A larger nursing station will beinstalled, better sight lines created and patient privacymeasures improved.
The department’s expansion will see a number ofother services relocated to an adjacent wing in thehospital, plus an endoscopy clinic and intravenoustherapy area will be created near the Emergencydepartment.
“I can’t say enough about the benefits that we willsee from the expansion,” says Emergency departmentmanager Shelley Scorgie. She adds the renovationsand expansion will help reduce wait times for patientsand address the facility’s current needs.
The expansion is scheduled for completion in 2011.
“Patients will really notice the difference when thisexpansion is done,” Scorgie says. “Their waits to see adoctor 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