Alberta Health minister still mum on future improvements to Edmonton's Misericordia hospital
Improvements are coming to the aging Misericordia Community Hospital, but exactly what those upgrades will look like and when they might begin are questions the province is still contemplating, Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said Tuesday.
Hoffman said the public will likely have to wait until next spring’s budget to hear a decision on the various possibilities the province is assessing for the west-end hospital.
The government is currently working through the process of putting together its infrastructure plans at a time of low revenue and high demand for new facilities across Alberta, she said.
“There are number of different options on the table right now and I look forward to weighing the pros and cons,” Hoffman said. “But no matter what, the people of Edmonton and the people who count on this facility will be well served, whether it’s this (current) building, this building and another building, or a replacement building.”
The minister made her remarks as the Misericordia officially opened an $11-million neonatal intensive care unit on the third floor, in space that experienced a major flood in May 2013.
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