Saskatchewan residents will soon have access to a brand new emergency department.
The Government of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Health Authority and Royal University Hospital Foundation celebrated the grand opening of the new Royal University Hospital (RUH) adult emergency department (ED) on Wednesday, August 28.
“This new emergency department will improve patient safety and privacy, accommodate more people and improve access for trauma and EMS personnel,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said. “I am proud of our government’s investment in this project that will better meet the growing healthcare needs of Saskatoon residents.”
The RUH adult ED includes:
• private exam rooms;
• enhanced trauma rooms;
• minor assessment and treatment spaces; and
• specially equipped mental health rooms.
Access to Emergency Medical Services will be improved by a large ambulance bay, and direct access to the STARS helipad through a dedicated trauma elevator. The new ED will open later this fall.
Anyone needing emergency services will go to a new entrance just past the current ED, where they will be triaged and directed to the appropriate care.
The RUH Foundation contributed $5 million for furnishings, new technology and advanced equipment and fixtures.
“We are extremely humbled by the confidence bestowed on the Foundation and Royal University Hospital and thank the donors from across Saskatchewan who have given so generously,” Arla Gustafson, CEO of RUH Foundation said. “Donor support has and will continue to make a difference and help save lives every day in our new Adult Royal University Hospital Emergency Department.”
“Today, we celebrate the work done to ensure residents and families are first and foremost in decisions made regarding their care,” Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone said. “Collaboration with partners such as the Government of Saskatchewan and the Royal University Hospital Foundation, with the unwavering support of their donors, is key to important initiatives such as the new RUH Adult ED. A sincere thank you to the many dedicated staff who have worked so hard over the years to make this space a reality; they are the backbone of health care in our province.”
The Government of Saskatchewan has provided $257.6 million for the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital, including the Royal University Hospital adult emergency department.