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The Alberta government announced another $36.5 million for the Mazankowski Heart Institute Thursday. ((CBC))

The Alberta government announced Thursday it will spend another $36.5 million to complete work on the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.

The contribution brings the provincial government's investment  in the new centre at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton to $217 million. The centre will bring together heart specialists and researchers in complex cardiac care, including heart transplants.

The additional funds were needed to complete the sixth, seventh and eighth floors of the facility, which will house testing and research facilities as well as office space.

"Further development of this state-of-the-art facility will improve access to leading practices in cardiac care for those living in and around Edmonton, northern Alberta and indeed across Western Canada,"  provincial Health Minister Ron Liepert said at a ceremony at the institute Thursday.

The first phase of the centre opened in May. Outpatient facilities are already in use and this fall, the institute's 124 beds, five adult operating rooms and pediatric operating room will also start operation.

Construction of the final phase will begin in late 2009.

The centre is named after former deputy prime minister Don Mazankowski, a longtime Tory MP who represented Vegreville, a riding east of Edmonton.