Long-awaited Grande Prairie Regional Hospital opens to patients

Plans for the hospital were first announced in 2007. The contract came in 2011 and originally had a completion date of 2015

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After $850 million and more than a decade of work, the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital began seeing patients on Saturday.

The building, which was the focus of years of disputes , has 11 operating rooms and a dedicated obstetrical OR in the maternity unit as well as a cancer centre offering radiation therapy for the first time in the province’s north.

“This long-awaited new hospital was purposely designed with the patient and family experience in mind, and we look forward to caring for the community here. The facility offers many enhancements that will benefit patients right from Day 1,” Stacy Greening, Alberta Health Service’s senior operating officer for Grande Prairie said in a statement.

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Inpatients at the QEII Hospital are being moved to the new location. Acute care units and the ER were closed at the QEII as of Saturday but the hospital remain open for some services including dialysis.

Plans for the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital were first announced in 2007 by then-premier Ed Stelmach. The contract came in 2011 and originally had a completion date of 2015.

The project faced multiple hurdles, including disputes with the original construction company as well as design changes.

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