Alberta Hospital Edmonton
|Alberta Hospital Edmonton|
|Alberta Health Services|
Alberta Hospital Edmonton's main entrance off of Fort Road
|Location||17480 Fort Road, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Website||Alberta Hospital Edmonton|
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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.
- Opened Sunday, July 1, 1923 as the "Institute for the Feeble Minded"
In August 2009 Alberta Health Services announced that it will be closing 106 of the 410 beds at the hospital. 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.
There are 45 buildings at AHE spread over 275 acres (1.11 km2). The buildings on the site were named numerically in the order in which they were built originally but now the order has no relevance.
- Originally the first dormitory
- contained the apparel shop and Highwood School until closed in 2006
- 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
- Helen Hunley Forensic Pavilion
- contains X-ray and CT scanning equipment
- Dorran Auditorium
- Pool and gymnasium
- Currently demolished
- formerly held patients; following closure for patient care, became a dormitory for staff
- 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.
- Woodwork shop
- Unused as building is condemned
- 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)
- Contains library, pharmacy, pastoral/spiritual care, AV and computer lab
- Contains Central Services, Highwood School and Apparel Shop
- Contains Provincial Protective Services Communications Center
- AD MacPherson Pavilion
- Houses Admitting and is part of the Adult Psychiatric Program.
- Remains standing but unused
- Storage, but is now demolished in preparation for a new Food Services building.
- Administration and HR
- 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.
- Food and Nutrition Services
- Main cafeteria found here
- Power plant
- Facilities management offices
- Greenhouse and RSVP gift shop
- Originally patients were paid a small stipend for working in the greenhouse. However, this is no longer funded.
- Patient Transportation
- Regional Surplus
- 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
- Alberta Hospital Edmonton 1923-1983, Published by AHE, Printed by ABC Press 1979 Ltd.