Foothills Medical Centre
Foothills Medical Centre ( FMC) is the largest hospital in Alberta, Canada and is located in the City of Calgary. It is one of Canada's most recognized medical facilities and is one of the leading hospitals in Alberta, providing advanced healthcare services to over two million people from Calgary, Southern Alberta, southeastern British Columbia, and southern Saskatchewan. Formerly operated by the Calgary Health Region it is now under Alberta Health Services. The main building of the hospital was opened in June 1966. It was originally named 'Foothills Provincial General Hospital' and later known simply as Foothills Hospital. With the addition of other medical facilities, it became known by its present name. The Foothills Medical Centre is an accredited tertiary trauma centre by the Trauma Association of Canada and is the largest regional trauma centre in Southern Alberta. The FMC works in conjunction with the nearby University of Calgary for the purposes of educating students as well as providing facilities for medical research. It is physically attached to the University of Calgary Medical Centre (UCMC) as well as the Special Services Building (where most other medical services are provided) and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, which was renamed the "Cancer Centre", and is a leading centre in Alberta for cancer treatment and research. The large site also includes the Grace Women's Health Centre, The Health Sciences Association of Alberta, as well as both the North Tower and South Tower, which offer many outpatient services. A new tower (TRW Building) was also added to the Health Sciences building, which was completed in late 2005. The neighbouring Alberta Children's Hospital and west side of the University of Calgary campus are accessible from the FMC via the West Campus Boulevard bridge spanning over 16th Avenue ( Trans-Canada Highway). Additionally, the head office of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta is housed on the 8th floor of the Foothills Medical Centre. Apart from these distinctions, FMC boasts the world's first and most powerful movable MRI machine, which was introduced in January 2009. It will help patients at the Foothills Medical Centre (FMC) receive the world’s safest, most accurate surgery possible. In addition, the world's first robotic surgery was also performed on a patient at the FMC for a removal of a brain tumour, which also created a landmark in Canadian medical history. Currently, the hospital is undergoing a large expansion with the addition of the new McCaig Tower, which partially opened in October 2010. This new addition will include 93 inpatient beds, 36 bed intensive care unit, 21 short-stay beds (a total of 150 additional beds), as well as 8 operating rooms. Major renovations to the emergency department are planned, and is expected to commence when the new tower is completed.

Current description
In addition to a 24-hour emergency room and inpatient care, FMC has 57 outpatient clinics on site. This facility provides comprehensive and specialized medical and surgical services to Calgary and Southern Alberta:
  • 22 bed intensive care unit and 24 bed cardiac care unit
  • Trauma centre for Southern Alberta
  • 18 operating theatres - including a specially designated trauma operating room
  • High risk maternity and neonatal intensive care unit
  • PARTY Program (Prevent Alcohol & Risk Related Trauma in Youth Program for Grade 9 secondary school students)
  • PADIS (poison & drug information)
  • Southern Alberta Renal Program
  • Intraoperative MR - magnetic resonance system (first of its kind in the world, located in the Seaman's Family MR Research Centre)
  • Stephenson Cardiac MR Centre - the leading cardiac magnetic resonance facility in Canada, as measured by number of peer-reviewed articles published, and part of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta
  • Multiple transplantation such as kidney, pancreas, corneal and tissue transplants.
  • HOPE Program (Human Organ Procurement and Exchange)
  • University of Calgary Medical Clinic (UCMC) clinics

Chronology of hospital projects
  • Provincial and territorial hospital insurance plans. The Prime Minister of Canada, John Diefenbaker, declares federal grants are available to provincial hospital-care projects, 50 cents on the dollar financing, from Ottawa.
  • Main building completed, Foothills Hospital.
  • First school of nursing class begins study.
  • February, main Hospital Phase II complete.
  • April, first out-patients and glaucoma laboratory.
  • June, Foothills Hospital opens.
During opening year, "Patient Care" booklet describes new hospital: "Largest completely new hospital of its kind constructed in North America; 765,000 square feet (71,100 m 2) of floor space; 2,000 rooms. Patient capacity: 766 beds, 116 bassinettes, 15 day care beds. Staff when the hospital is in full operation: 1,200-1,500. Cost: $21,000,000 for construction of hospital, School of Nursing and Power Plant " $5,000,000 for initial equipment. T-shaped hospital building, 12 storeys plus basement. The cross-piece of the T includes all nursing units. The back wing, or stem of the T, is 10 storeys high and includes all clinical and other service departments. A 100 bed auxiliary hospital is planned for later construction on site; also a 370 bed psychiatric hospital which will be operated under separate administration. Capital financing for construction was by the usual Federal Provincial grants plus a $17 million debenture issue to be retired by the Provincial Government over a 20 year period. Operation costs will be met by the standard per diem payments made under Alberta Hospitalization Benefits. Complete hospital control is vested in the board of Management."
  • Pathology labs ( medical laboratory) begins using advanced equipment to provide a complete pathology service.
  • Residence for 329 nursing students is linked as teaching hospital support of Foothills Hospital.
  • Planning continues for 100-bed auxiliary hospital and 370 beds for psychiatric patients.
  • 1966 to 2007 and beyond
Hospital expands, largest hospital of the province of Alberta to be Foothills Medical Centre. 2001
  • November, new 14-bed inpatient stroke unit, Unit 100.
  • October 19, as part of a C$1.7 billion expansion for Foothills Medical Centre the Calgary Health Region named the new tower the JR (Bud) McCaig Tower after well-known local philanthropist, Bud McCaig. McCaig who had died in 2005 was the founder of Alberta Bone & Joint Health Institute.
  • C$460M 8-storey tower, JR (Bud) McCaig Tower.
JR (Bud) McCaig Tower adds to largest hospital of province Alberta: 8 operating rooms 36-bed intensive care unit 93 inpatient beds 21 short-stay beds Diagnostic imaging Southern Alberta Tissue Program Calgary Laboratory Services space for expansion (16 operating rooms) Expanded and renovated emergency department (main building) Musculoskeletal (MSK) Clinic Bone and Joint Program includes MSK Clinic, surgery, and teaching facilities Surgical processing Admitting

Building Activity

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