University of Alberta Hospital

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University of Alberta Hospital
The University of Alberta Hospital (UAH) is a research and teaching hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The hospital is affiliated with the University of Alberta and run by Alberta Health Services, formerly Capital Health, the health authority for Alberta. It is one of Canada's leading health sciences centres, providing a comprehensive range of diagnostic and treatment services to inpatients and outpatients. The UAH has a total of 650 beds and treats over 700,000 patients annually. The Stollery Children's Hospital and the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute are both part of the UAH, and act as embedded, "hospitals within a hospital". The Stollery Children's Hospital, along with other UAH facilities, is located in the Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre. The Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute is located in a new building that opened on May 1, 2008, although it will not be operational until September 2009. Because of the UAH, the surrounding area has become part of a healthcare cluster that also includes the Cross Cancer Institute, the Heritage Medical Research Building, the Zeidler Ledcor Center, the Katz Group/ Rexall Center for Pharmacy and Health Research, and the upcoming Edmonton Clinic- which has been called "the Mayo Clinic of the North" and that will host many of the University's health and research clinics The whole complex is served by the Health Sciences light rail transit station and the University Station.

The University of Alberta Hospital opened in 1906 with 5 staff members. Since then, it has steadily grown into a world class facility today which now is staffed by over 8,000 staff and physicians (as of 2007). The hospital began training nurses through recognized apprenticeship program in 1908. In 1916 during World War I it served as the Strathcona Military Hospital. It was the provincial rehabilitation centre for the polio epidemics in the 1920s and 1950s. Dr. Hepburn, a pioneering neurosurgeon, developed "The Edmonton Tongs" as initial treatment for cervical spine injuries in the late 1920s. Dr. John Callaghan performed Canada's first open-heart surgery here in 1956, and the first heart valve replacement 6 years later in 1962. The first heart transplant in Western Canada was performed at the hospital in 1985, by 2001 the hospital had conducted 500 heart and heart-lung transplants. In 2001 the Stollery Children's Hospital opened. In 2006, the hospital had the most technically advanced and only intensive care unit dedicated solely to the treatment of burn patients.

The John W. Scott Health S ciences Library was opened in 1984, and was named after the Dean of Medicine from 1948-1959.

Specialized services

Cardiac care
The University of Alberta Hospital's cardiac sciences program includes adult and pediatric cardiology and heart surgery. The program also does research in vascular biology and electrophysiology. The University of Alberta Hospital is the pioneering hospital for open-heart surgery in Canada.

Transplant program
The University Hospital's transplant program is recognized as one of the best in Canada and the world. It is a leader in both the numbers of transplant procedures performed and success rates. At the hospital, patients can receive heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, intestinal and islet cell transplants.

The University of Alberta Hospital contains a dedicated neurosciences intensive care environment. This area is dedicated to the treatment of complex conditions such as strokes, brain tumours, as well as spinal cord and brain injuries. An inter-disciplinary team uses state-of-the-art technology to coordinate the treatment of these conditions.

Burn treatment
The University of Alberta Hospital receives patients from all over Western Canada in the Fire Fighter's Burn Treatment Unit. This is one of the most technologically advanced and highly acclaimed burn care units in the world. A multidisciplinary team that includes nurses, physicians and physical, respiratory, and occupational therapists provide top-quality care for burn patients.

Building Activity

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