Alberta Hospital Edmonton

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Alberta Hospital Edmonton
Alberta Health Services
Alberta Hospital Edmonton main entrance 011.jpg
Alberta Hospital Edmonton's main entrance off of Fort Road
Location 17480 Fort Road, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates 53°38′11″N 113°22′24″W / 53.6363°N 113.3733°W / 53.6363; -113.3733Coordinates: 53°38′11″N 113°22′24″W / 53.6363°N 113.3733°W / 53.6363; -113.3733
Care system Medicare
Hospital type Psychiatric
Emergency department No
Beds 410
Founded 1923
Website Alberta Hospital Edmonton
Lists Hospitals in Canada

Alberta Hospital Edmonton is a psychiatric hospital operating under the governance of Alberta Health Services. It is located in the northeastern portion of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and was founded on 1 July 1923.

Admission and continuing treatment at Alberta Hospital Edmonton can be voluntary, formal under the Mental Health Act, or in the Forensic Psychiatry Program under the Criminal Code. Referral agents include physicians, mental health professionals, other health care facilities, community agencies, courts, corrections, police, and family, in addition to self-referral.

Each Alberta Hospital Edmonton program has an inpatient and a community component. Interdisciplinary teams are made up of program managers, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychometrists, nurses, psychiatric aides, social workers, occupational therapists, recreation therapists, physiotherapists, therapy assistants, counselors, pharmacists, dietitians, chaplains and support staff.


Grand Opening[edit]

Recent History[edit]

In August 2009 Alberta Health Services announced that it will be closing 106 of the 410 beds at the hospital.[1] The AUPE has been strongly opposed to the closures and have staged many protests and have made several television commercials at an attempt to gain support.[2]


There are 45 buildings at AHE spread over 275 acres (1.11 km2).[3] The buildings on the site were named numerically in the order in which they were built originally but now the order has no relevance.

1 Building

Building 1
  • Originally the first dormitory
  • contained the apparel shop and Highwood School until closed in 2006

2 Building

  • Remains standing, but unused. It used to be a supplementary dormitory where numerous patients were also treated.

Old 3 Building

  • Contained 2 units 3B and 3C
  • Demolished and replaced with current 3 building

3 Building

  • Helen Hunley Forensic Pavilion
  • contains X-ray and CT scanning equipment
  • Dorran Auditorium
  • Pool and gymnasium

4 Building

  • Original building demolished, new building used as new food services which replaces old 17 building
  • formerly held patients; following closure for patient care, became a dormitory for staff

5 Building

  • Rose Sinclair Pavilion
  • Not in use but still standing. Used to be the old Forensic Pavilion until Forensic Psychiatric Services moved to the now 3 Building.

6 Building

  • Laundry

7 Building

  • Woodwork shop
  • Unused as building is condemned

8 Building

  • Rachel H. Young Pavilion
  • Contains Rehabilitation units; including the Specialized Treatment, Assessment and Rehabilitation Services (S.T.A.R.S.)
  • Contains Budz Bistro (coffee shop run by patients as part of a patient program, but is now not in operation)

9 Building

Building 9
  • Contains library, pharmacy, pastoral/spiritual care, AV and computer lab
  • Contains Central Services, Highwood School and Apparel Shop
  • Contains Provincial Protective Services Communications Center
  • Contains the Parking Call Centre for Alberta Health Services.

10 Building

  • AD MacPherson Pavilion
  • Houses Admitting and is part of the Adult Psychiatric Program.

11 Building

  • Cottonwood
  • Remains standing but unused

12 Building

  • AR Schrag
  • ECT therapy
  • Geriatric units used to reside here however have been moved to Villa Caritas.

14 Building

  • Storage, but is now demolished in preparation for a new Food Services building.

15 Building

Administration building
  • Administration and HR

16 Building

  • Used to function as a Fire Hall when AHE had its own fire department, but has been since converted into a car wash, framing shop and bottle depot. 16 Building is run by staff but staffed by patients, who are taking part in patient programs.

17 Building

  • Food and Nutrition Services, decommissioned, replaced with new building 4
  • Main cafeteria found here

18 Building

  • Power plant

19 Building

  • Facilities management offices

20 Building

  • Greenhouse and RSVP gift shop
  • Originally patients were paid a small stipend for working in the greenhouse. However, this is no longer funded. In March 2016 a fire broke out and the building has sustained severe damage and is to be demolished. Temp greenhouse has been erected.

21 Building

  • Stores/Receiving
  • Patient Transportation
  • Regional Surplus

Cameron Hall

  • Demolished

Water Tower

  • Due to its height, this structure is visible throughout the Alberta Hospital site and to the outlining area.


  • Adult psychiatry (Ages 18–65)
    • CLiP (The Community Living Program) provides support to psychiatric patients within the community upon discharge from the hospital
  • The Northern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Program
  • Young Adults Acute Unit

Notable patients[edit]


  1. ^ Jacobs, Miindelle (21 August 2009). "Mental health care in need of miracle". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 5 January 2010. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Diotte, Kerry (27 August 2009). "AUPE to take on Alberta Hospital bed closures". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved 5 January 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ The Road Taken By Alberta Hospital Edmonton
  4. ^ Dykstra, Matt (2012-04-20). "Manslaughter verdict for killer mom". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2016-12-16. 
  • Alberta Hospital Edmonton 1923-1983, Published by AHE, Printed by ABC Press 1979 Ltd.