Partners

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is a proud to partner with the following organizations, health care providers and educational units:

  • Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation (RAHF)
  • Women's and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI)
  • Alberta Health Services (AHS)
  • Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology (WISEST)
  • Lois Hole Hospital for Women
  • 2SLGBTQ+ Welness Centre
  • Our Teaching Hospitals: the Royal Alexandra, Grey Nuns, Misericordia and the Sturgeon General Hospitals

Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation (RAHF)

Established in 1984, the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation provides a way for thousands of individuals and organizations to support the Royal Alexandra Hospital and its number one priority: building better health care.

The Foundation funds ground-breaking education, cutting-edge research, next-generation technologies and facility enhancements. It also supports a growing number of specialized centres of health care excellence located at the Royal Alexandra Hospital campus, including the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, the CK Hui Heart Centre, the Orthopedic Surgery Centre and the Regional Eye Centre.


Women's and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI)

Summary and message from our executive director:

The Women and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI) supports research excellence dedicated to improving the health and lives of women and children.

Through the commitment of our partners, the University of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, wchri-collage-325x166.jpgthe Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation and supporters of the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, WCHRI is able to offer a range of programs to foster the continued success of our researchers.

The generosity of supporters of the Lois Hole Hospital for Women and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation has allowed WCHRI to develop research in women's health-a historically underrepresented area of health research. Since our partnership established in 2006, WCHRI members have: expanded awareness around mature women's health, strengthened support for perinatal mental health and grown understanding around healthy pregnancies-among many other areas.

Our partnership with these esteemed organizations has also established the Lois Hole Hospital Women's Research Centre-a dedicated research space within the hospital that enhances patient care and facilitates knowledge in women's health.

Research is the basis of the best health care and research in women's health has a ripple effect. Healthier women and healthier pregnancies mean healthier children, healthier families and healthier communities. We know that women have health needs far different from men, but changes in women's healthcare have been slow to come and won't happen without research in women's health issues.

We are incredibly proud of our researchers at WCHRI, many of whom are members of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and are thrilled to help enrich their important work. Together, we are closing the gap in women's health research and building a brighter future for all.

Sandra Davidge, PhD
Executive Director
Women and Children's Health Research Institute


Alberta Health Services (AHS)

As a zone leader for Edmonton and the capital city region, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology works closely with the provincial health authorities to provide optimal maternal, perinatal and women's health care services throughout Edmonton and Northern Alberta.

Through our ongoing collaboration with Alberta Health Services, our clinicians, surgeons and residents ensure quality patient care, administer a variety of programs and services, and work together to continuously improve upon women's health in our province. The academic chair for the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology is also is the Alberta Health Services zone clinical department head (ZCDH) for Women's Health for the Edmonton Zone.

In September 2014, the Regional Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Executive Committee (ROGDEC) was established, which includes all Ob-Gyn hospital site leads, the department's sub-specialty directors, medical education and research leads, as well as the academic chair, zone lead and Administrative Professional Officer. This committee meets 4 to 5 times a year to develop the program's education, research and clinical initiatives, as well as planning future manpower and recruitment.


Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology (WISEST)

Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology is a University of Alberta educational unit that has dedicated over 30 years to empowering women in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

By collaborating with industry, government, academia, and over 600 volunteers a year, WISEST delivers programs and networks that increase the diversity of voices represented in STEM fields, thereby strengthening the workplace and society as a whole.

WISEST has expanded its programming to pay specific attention to encouraging Aboriginal students to pursue their gifts in the sciences. WISEST is chaired by Dr. Denise Hemmings, an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology.


Lois Hole Hospital for Women

The Lois Hole Hospital for Women consolidates specialized services for women under one roof, improving accessibility and quality of care. This hospital meets the growing demands for Women's Health services in central and northern Alberta and across Canada's northwest. Through a range of sub-specialty outpatient clinics including Fertility, Urogynecology and Gynecology Oncology, the Lois Hole Hospital for Women receives approximately 75,000 patient visits each year.

As a national leader in the treatment of high-risk labour and deliveries, the Lois Hole Hospital for Women offers specialized inpatient and outpatient care for these high-risk pregnancies and multiple births. There are 16 labour and delivery rooms including two that contain infant resuscitation areas to provide the most advanced care. This leading edge facility delivers nearly 6000 babies every year.


2SLGBTQ+ Wellness Centre

The University of Alberta Obstetrics and Gynecology is now affiliated with the newly opened slgbtq-logo.jpg2SLGBTQ+ Wellness Centre, a place for multidisciplinary gender care. 

In November 2018, the Urogynecology Division initiated a program to help transgender and gender non-conforming individuals obtain the care they need following gender affirmation bottom surgery. The surgery currently is performed in Montreal, a long distance away for people who require pre- and post-op follow-up. Patients are seen before and after surgery in order to help them achieve the best possible outcome for their procedures.The post-operative care is multidisciplinary and includes pelvic floor physiotherapy, and education for OBGYN residents and medical students. Patients are seen at the Lois Hole Hospital and the LGBTQ+ Wellness centre. For many years now, general gynaecologists have supported transgender masculine identified individuals who require gynaecological care, including hysterectomies, and this continues.

Our Teaching Hospitals

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology works in close conjunction with four major Edmonton-area hospitals and numerous private practice clinicians across the province. To learn more about our teaching hospitals and clinical affiliates, see Facilities & Teaching Sites.