Alberta Children's Hospital

Coordinates: 51°04′28″N 114°08′53″W / 51.074444°N 114.148056°W / 51.074444; -114.148056
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Alberta Children's Hospital
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Alberta Children's Hospital
Alberta Children's Hospital is located in Calgary
Alberta Children's Hospital
Location of Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary
Location28 Oki Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates51°04′28″N 114°08′53″W / 51.074444°N 114.148056°W / 51.074444; -114.148056
Care systemPublic Medicare (Canada)
Emergency departmentYes, Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center
Beds141 [1]
SpecialityPediatric hospital/Pediatric trauma centre
HelipadTC LID: CAC6
OpenedSeptember 27, 2006; 16 years ago (2006-09-27)
ListsHospitals in Canada

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.[2] 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 several children's hospitals in Canada (others being Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada in Montreal, Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine in Montréal, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton, The Children's Hospital of Winnipeg in Winnipeg, Children's Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ontario, BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver and IWK Health Centre in Halifax).


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.[3]

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.

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.[4] 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.[5]

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 involved in the study of human development from embryo to adulthood.[6]


The facility operates 34 clinics:[7]

  • 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
  • Genetics 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[edit]


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  2. ^ 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. ISBN 1-895176-99-9.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Calgary Health Region (2006). "Alberta Children's Hospital". Archived from the original on 2007-02-03. Retrieved 2007-03-04.
  4. ^ "Accredited Trauma Centres". Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2013-01-11.
  5. ^ First in North America with Laser Eye Surgery for Kids!
  6. ^ Institute Profile[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Calgary Health Region. "Alberta Children's Hospital – Clinics". Archived from the original on 10 February 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2007.