Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre (RDRHC) - Business Case

Central Zone, Capital Projects

Highlights:

  • AHS remains committed to working to improve services and enhance healthcare delivery in Red Deer. We are working closely with our Government partners – Alberta Health and Alberta Infrastructure – on the business case for RDRHC.
    • The redevelopment of RDRHC will be led by Government, with AHS input into the care and service delivery models.
    • We look forward to working with Alberta Infrastructure and Altus Planning Inc – the consultant selected for the business case and functional program planning – on finalizing recommendations to Alberta Health on an expanded campus of care at RDRHC and in the community.
  • Work on the business case was temporarily paused during the spring to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic response; work fully resumed in the summer, and we anticipate the business case will be complete in the new year.
  • The business case work is divided into stages.
    • Work in the first stage includes finalizing recommendations on an expanded campus of care at RDRHC, as well as finalizing which ambulatory care services could more appropriately be located within the community, and adjacent to the hospital, to help keep people well and out of hospital
    • The resources necessary to support such changes are also being reviewed to help inform the potential project scope.
    • The work in the initial stage has also included reviewing the requirements necessary for a cardiac cath lab development and potential upgrades to the Medical Device Reprocessing Department (MDRD).
  • Input has been provided through multiple working groups, which include physicians, clinical staff and leaders, as well as patient and family advisors and members of our local health advisory councils.
    • AHS has formed a patient and family advisory committee who will bring an important perspective and voice to the project throughout its entirety. The lived experience of our patients and families is an important element to capture as we plan for the future of service delivery at RDRHC and in the community.
    • Ongoing engagement with our stakeholders, including local elected officials, will continue throughout the project and will vary in terms of opportunities for input and feedback.
    • The goal is to work closely with our Government partners as well as their project consultant to include the voice and experience of patients and family members in the planning process, and into the design of new infrastructure as it is approved.
  • Once complete, the business case will inform the project scope, construction schedule, capital costs and potential operating budget implications for redevelopment of RDRHC.
  • We anticipate work on the business case will be complete early in the new year; however work in priority areas may proceed sooner than expected.