This will serve as a catchment area as far north as High Level and into the Northwest Territories, with patients as far south as Grande Cache and east as Peace River.
After 10 years of construction, the brand new $850 million Grande Prairie Regional Hospital (GPRH) opened it's doors to patients on Saturday, December 4th.
The GPRH has 10 operating rooms, a dedicated obstetrics suite, and 243 beds, including 28 serving as a mental health unit and 32 acute care spaces, compared to the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital's 181, the previous facility serving the region.
The new hospital can serve 11,000 inpatient and 65,000 ER visits in addition to completing close to 12,000 surgeries.
The hospital is now one of five sites in the province to offer radiation therapy, which is a first for the area.
Every patient will have their own room with sleep space for visiting family.