Demolition work begins on Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital expansion

A media event was held on Friday to mark the start of a project to expand the emergency department at Edmonton’s Misericordia Community Hospital.

The demolition and remediation phase, which is expected to take four months, officially begins Monday.

The former NDP government announced the hospital expansion project in April 2017. It revealed the modernization would include a new ER, 34 additional treatment spaces, two more ambulance bays and two X-ray suites.

On Friday, the United Conservative government said the expansion would include space for six ambulance bays, “emergency waiting and treatment areas and diagnostic services.”

The UCP said the expansion will be 5,000 square metres (up from 1,700 square metres), with 66 treatment spaces, six ambulance bays, and two X-ray suites.

“The environment is just not conducive to the volume and type of care we’re trying to provide so we’re so grateful for this expansion,” said Patrick Dumelie, CEO of Covenant Health.

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