The Alberta government says it’s on track to start construction on the new Calgary Cancer Centre in late 2017.
In an update Wednesday, Associate Minister of Health Brandy Payne said construction will begin once a successful bid is chosen to build the facility. A request for proposals will go out later this month.
Payne talks about what will be in the new centre.
“There will be160 new inpatient beds, meaning dedicated space for cancer patients to receive the treatment they need. There will also be outpatient cancer clinics. The facility will also house clinic trials and research labs bringing even more focus on finding ways to combat and one day find a cure for cancer. There will also be 12 new radiation vaults, plus three spaces ready to be completed for future needs. And finally there will be new on-site parking with more than 1, 600 spaces available, almost double what’s currently available.
Dr. Sunil Verma, Medical Director at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre calls the plan for the new facility a “hub and spoke” model.
“We want to be able to ensure that there is still access to the care closer to home for some of our patients, but the comprehensive cancer treatment, like chemotherapy and radiation, takes place at this facility.”
Payne can’t say what the province is budgeting for the entire project until a bid is chosen, but says $1.2 billion has been allocated over the next five years.
The cancer centre is expected to open at Foothills sometime in 2024.