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Alberta Children's Hospital

Alberta Children's Hospital
Alberta Children's Hospital
Alberta Children's Hospital is located in Calgary
Location of Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary
Location Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Care system Public Medicare (Canada)
Hospital type Specialist
Emergency department Yes
Helipad TC LID: CAC6
Speciality Pediatric hospital/Pediatric trauma centre
Founded May 19, 1922 (1922-05-19)
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Alberta Children's Hospital (ACH) is the largest public hospital for sick children in the prairie provinces, and is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It is operated by Alberta Health Services - Calgary Health Region. The new facility opened on September 27, 2006 and is the first free-standing pediatric facility to be built in Canada in more than 20 years. It was originally opened on May 19, 1922 as the Junior Red Cross Children's Hospital.[1] It is located west of the University of Calgary campus grounds and just across from the site of the Foothills Medical Centre.

ACH is one of six in Canada (others being Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver and IWK Health Centre in Halifax).


  • Design 1
  • Clinics 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The Alberta Children's Hospital was designed with substantial input from young patients, as well as families, physicians and staff of the hospital. In 2002, architects created renderings of how the hospital could look; a multi-storey brick building. These drawings were brought to the hospital's Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and changed substantially into a colourful building closely resembling toy building blocks.[2]

The idea for the Alberta Children's Hospital was to create a building that would reduce stress and promote healing. The interior of the hospital has been designed to enable the delivery of family centred care. The hospital includes supports for families such as sleeping facilities for parents in each patient room, a babysitting service for siblings of patients, a sacred space for spiritual activities, a pet visitation room and the Healing Gardens that surround the new hospital, giving parents and their children areas to heal, to have fun and to spend private time.

The Alberta Children's Hospital is used by patients from birth to age 18 from southern Alberta, southeastern British Columbia and southwestern Saskatchewan. It is an accredited pediatric level I trauma centre by the Trauma Association of Canada.[3] Additionally, the ACH is the provincial expert and referral centre for bone marrow transplantation, and is the leader in Western Canada (which is rapidly establishing itself as the national leader), for pediatric neurosciences. It also is the only pediatric hospital in Canada that consists of a comprehensive Behavioral Unit, is the world leader in congenital cataracts surgery, and has the largest pediatric vision clinic in all of Western Canada.[4]

The Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health (ACHRI) is the Alberta Children's Hospital's affiliated research institute, and has a team of over 150 members dedicated to research and teaching excellence in the study of human development from embryo to adulthood.[5]


The facility operates 34 clinics:[6]

  • Asthma Clinic
  • Burns Clinic
  • Cardiology Clinic
  • Cystic Fibrosis Clinic
  • Dental Clinic
  • Developmental Clinic
  • Down Syndrome Clinic
  • Diabetes Clinic
  • Endocrine Clinic
  • Eye Clinic
  • Feeding Consultation Service
  • Gastro-Intestinal Clinic
  • Haematology Clinic
  • Haemophilia Clinic
  • Infectious Disease Clinic
  • Inherited Metabolic Disorders
  • Myelomeningcele Clinic
  • Nephrology and Urology Clinic
  • Neurology Clinic
  • Neuromotor Clinic
  • Neuromuscular Clinic
  • Neuropsychological Service
  • Neuroscience Services
  • Neurosurgery Clinic
  • Orthopaedic Clinic
  • Perinatal Clinic
  • Plastics Clinic
  • Pulmonary Clinic
  • Refractory Epilepsy Clinic
  • Regional School Health
  • Respiratory Home Care Clinic
  • Rheumatology Clinic
  • Sleep Service Clinic
  • Vascular Malformation Clinic

See also


  1. ^ Coppes-Zantinga, Arty (1997). The child in the centre : seventy-five years at the Alberta Children's Hospital. Calgary: University of Calgary Press. p. 61.  
  2. ^  
  3. ^ Accredited Trauma Centres
  4. ^ First in North America with Laser Eye Surgery for Kids!
  5. ^ Institute Profile
  6. ^  

External links

  • Official website
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health
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