Improved Care for Brain Patients One Step Closer

The Government of Alberta is helping to advance the development of a new neurosciences intensive care unit (neuro ICU) at the University of Alberta Hospital.

Alberta Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman announces a $24 million co-investment with the University Hospital Foundation to further develop the neuro ICU for brain patients at the University of Alberta Hospital.

The $12-million investment will support further planning and functional design work for the project beginning in early 2019. In addition, the University Hospital Foundation is committing a further $12 million to help support the replacement of the nearly 40-year-old facility.

“Patients with head injuries and neurological conditions, and the world-leading health teams who support them, deserve access to state-of-the-art technology and modern facilities. This investment will take us one step closer to making that a reality at the University Hospital, and will help enhance life-saving care for patients here in Edmonton and across Western Canada.”

~Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health

The current neuro ICU has 11 beds and serves as a referral centre for Edmonton and northern Alberta, northeastern B.C. and the Northwest Territories. The future expansion will increase capacity to 24 beds in single-patient rooms.

“Redeveloping the neuro ICU at the University of Alberta Hospital is a priority project that will increase capacity and improve family and patient experience by better coordinating care from diagnosis through treatment and rehabilitation. AHS is grateful for the University Hospital Foundation’s continuing support of this project and the many innovations it has funded as part of the Brain Centre Campaign.”

~Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO, Alberta Health Services

The University Hospital Foundation has raised more than $50 million in cash and pledges since launching the Brain Centre Campaign in 2011.

“Thanks to incredible community support, our vision to give patients at the University of Alberta Hospital access to the most advanced brain care in the country is becoming a reality. We have already accomplished so much, and we will do even more with the government’s commitment to match our $12-million commitment of new funding.”

~Jim Brown, chair of the University Hospital Foundation, co-chair of the Brain Centre Campaign

In October 2017, Wayne Gretzky donated $99,000 to the Brain Centre and was named honorary chairman of the campaign.

“I’ve always like being part of a winning team. With support from a community like Edmonton, I know the Brain Centre Campaign will do great things and accomplish everything we set out to do.”

~Wayne Gretzky, honorary chairman, Brain Centre Campaign

The current neuro ICU, which served more than 700 patients last year, is one of only two dedicated neuro ICUs in the country, and the only one in Western Canada.