October 30, 2008
Please be advised that move-in plans for the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute--originally scheduled for November—must be postponed until September of 2009. An announcement of the official move-in date will take place as soon as it is confirmed.
Construction and commissioning (testing of systems and equipment) in the new building are not yet complete.
The Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute is one of the largest projects of its kind in North America, with some of the most advanced technology in the world. To ensure the Heart Institute incorporates the most current technology, numerous design changes have been made since this facility was first conceptualized. These changes include the addition of three new floors, a short-stay unit, a redesigned cardiac catheterization lab and a new plan for the intensive care unit. These changes and additions have affected the construction schedule.
When construction is completed, the commissioning process begins. This involves testing all the systems and technology within the heart institute on a room-by-room basis. This very complex process is expected to take several months. We are monitoring the schedule closely.
Heart patients will continue to receive excellent cardiac care at facilities in the Edmonton area—all of which are equipped to handle cardiac emergencies so patients having a heart attack can be treated at their nearest hospital emergency department. All cardiac services scheduled to move into the heart institute will continue to function at the University of Alberta Hospital site.
Watch for more updates on the move-in schedule for the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.