Council briefs for February 24, 2020
Mineral Springs Hospital still a top medical centre
The Banff Mineral Springs Hospital Community Board updated Town council this week on the hospital’s programs, which have provided continuing service in the community since 1930. Renowned in North America, Banff surgeons perform the most ACL knee surgeries in Alberta, and local surgeons and physicians are official health care providers for the National Ski Team, the Calgary Flames and the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association.
Today, as one of 26 health centres operated by Covenant Health, the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital serves a regional population of 13,000 residents and some of the 4 million visitors who come to Banff each year. The only Covenant facility with its own EMS team, the hospital has a stable employment level with 268 doctors, clinical staff and support staff, and 50 volunteers.
The board reports emergency room visits have remained stable over the past several years (11,032 emergency room visits last year). Top surgeries in Banff include: knee repairs and reconstruction, breast reductions, carpel tunnel release, shoulder repairs, ankle fractures, collarbone repair and hand contractures. The hospital continues to have 12 in-patient acute care beds as well as 10 designated day-surgery beds also classified as acute care services. In addition, there are 25 continuing care beds, 17 emergency beds and one palliative bed.
New at the hospital:
- A new ambulance with enhancements, such as a zero-lift load system to help get patients safely inside the ambulance.
- A new, modernized acute-care nursing station
- Four portable telemetry monitoring systems for cardiac patients
- A new research program is coming next year to provide interactive stimulating environments for patients with dementia.