A new hospital being built in Calgary's deep south will start opening in stages next spring, provincial officials said Friday as they gave members of the media a tour of the site.

The South Health Campus, located at 196th Avenue and Deerfoot Trail S.E., will start offering urgent care and ambulatory clinics in 2012, said officials with Alberta Health Services.

Day surgery and day medicine programs will begin next, followed by inpatient services, emergency and critical care services. Women's services and a special care nursery will be the last areas to open in phase one, they said.

The staged introduction of clinical services is expected to be completed in early 2013.

When the provincial government first talked about the hospital a decade ago, it was expected to cost about $500 million and be open by 2010. But the cost of the project ballooned during the boom years, topping $1.7 billion, officials announced in 2008.

The project was also scaled back. Updated drawings included fewer beds for obstetrics and mental health patients.

When it is fully operational, the hospital — roughly the size of Chinook Centre — will accommodate:

  • 2,400 staff.
  • 183 physicians.
  • 298 beds.
  • 11 operating rooms.
  • 200,000 outpatient visits.
  • 2,500 births per year.