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The Peter Lougheed Centre (PLC) is located in the northeast quadrant of Calgary. It first opened as a small facility linked to the Calgary General Hospital in 1988. The Calgary General Hospital closed in the early 1990’s which allowed for the full functioning of the PLC as an acute care site. After the FMC site, the PLC has become a major teaching facility for medical trainees from clerks to specialty residents. Much of the nursing and physician staff came from the former Calgary General Hospital creating a bit of nostalgia amongst many individuals.
The PLC has 577 beds. It has on average 200 emergency visits per day. Recently this has increased to >240. The PLC serves much of the population in northeast Calgary. This area of Calgary is ever expanding with the high influx of immigrants from across the globe. The PLC thus has a very multicultural and multilinguistic mix of both patients and staff.
The division of Gastroenterology has a strong historical presence at the PLC. Not only has it consistently been ranked as the number one facility to train in general gastroenterology amongst trainees it is the only site with a mix of both academic and fully clinical gastroenterologists.
The inpatient gastroenterology service is busy with an average of 6-8 medical consults per day and 4-8 admitted patients under the care of the gastroenterologist. As the numbers of ERCP and general GI procedures have increased over the past few years, it is the only site with dedicated nursing support for 8 hours on Sundays.
In 2011 the PLC carried out over 11,000 endoscopic procedures. It is also the only site with therapeutic endoscopy (ERCP, double balloon enteroscopy). In fact ERCP’s are carried out at the PLC for all of southern Alberta and southeastern BC.
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