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The 766 square meter field hospital – called a pandemic Sprung response facility – will increase the capacity to “meet the growing demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said AHS.
It has taken less than three weeks to build and has 67 beds and staff support space, according to AHS.
If necessary, the facility will welcome people with confirmed, possible or probable cases of COVID-19, said AHS.
“Currently, AHS is able to respond to patient demands at existing facilities in the Calgary area through solid planning and measures taken to build hospital capacity,” said Dr. Verna Yiu, President and Chief Executive Officer AHS management, in a press release.
“This initiative was undertaken to ensure that we have capacity in the Calgary area in case we see a spike in COVID-19 cases requiring hospitalization.”
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Officials do not know when the structure will be used, but said it would be until October.
Karen Foudy, executive director of the Peter Lougheed Center, said the AHS is more proactive than reactive. She explained that within 24 hours, the center could be operational with staff and supplies. For now, the facility will be closed until needed, she said.
Health Minister Tyler Shandro said the project was under budget – less than $ 2 million instead of the $ 3 million planned – and ahead of schedule.
“It shows what can be accomplished when we work together for the good of Albertans,” he said via Zoom media availability.
“It is also an incredible example of the entrepreneurial and entrepreneurial attitude that makes the people of this province so famous and how we can come together in hell, in flood, in fire and yes, even in the event of a global pandemic.” . “
Even if people are working to smooth the curve, everyone needs to be alert and prepared, said Shandro, adding that he hopes the province will never need to use the facility.
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The temporary building was donated by the Alberta company Sprung Structures.
Other ASH partners include Falkbuilt Technologies, CANA Construction, Botting Mechanical, Acutech Electric, WestJet, Stantec, the Government of Alberta and the City of Calgary.
WestJet said it donated 115 kitchen carts from its Boeing 767s to the facility.
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