Budget 2015 strengthens Edmonton’s health facilities for the future

This year’s provincial budget includes critical investments in Edmonton-area health-care facilities that will improve access to services for patients and families.

Edmonton health - babyThe province’s five-year capital plan allocates $17 million to expand the Stollery Children’s Hospital surgical suite, and $50 million to redevelop and expand the hospital’s critical care units.

“The Stollery Children’s Hospital is vital to meeting the health-care needs of children and families not only in the Edmonton region but from across Alberta and western Canada. With services at the hospital in higher demand than ever, we’re making investments that will help to improve access and reduce stress on families who are already dealing with the most difficult circumstances imaginable.”

Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health

In addition to funding for the Stollery, the province’s five-year capital plan includes the following investments in health-care facilities in the Edmonton area:

  • approximately $47 million for Kaye Edmonton Clinic, including a new state of the art urology clinic, and
  • $20 million for long-term planning for the Royal Alexandra and Misericordia hospitals.

“While we are addressing aging infrastructure with this five-year capital plan, we are also building public infrastructure to support better access to health care. This means residents in Edmonton and throughout northern Alberta will have the right care when they need it.”

Brian Mason, Minister of Infrastructure

Budget 2015 includes $2.2 billion for health infrastructure over the next five years. A total of $652 million will go towards addressing maintenance needs at health-care facilities across the province.

Investments in other health-care facilities across the province include:

  • Calgary Cancer Centre
  • Edson Healthcare Centre
  • Foothills Medical Centre
  • Grande Prairie Regional Hospital
  • High Prairie Health Complex
  • Lethbridge Chinook Regional Hospital
  • Medicine Hat Regional Hospital
  • Northern Lights Regional Hospital (Fort McMurray)
  • Peter Lougheed Centre (Women’s Services and Vascular Renovations)
  • South Health Campus