Clinical Services

Clinical Services offered by Banff Mineral Springs

The BMSH emergency department (ED) provides care for victims of major trauma, cardiac events, injuries and general medical conditions. Approximately 35% of all patient visits to the ED are related to sport and recreational injuries. Of these, approximately 90% are skiers and snowboarders. The mean age of emergency patients is 16 to 25 years. The majority of patients seen in Emergency are Albertan residents followed by out-of-province and international patients. Dedicated emergency physicians with advanced training in emergency medicine (CCFP–EM or FRCP) staff the department. Several clinics are situated in the ED. 

 These include:

  • Upper Extremity
  • Sport Medicine
  • Orthopaedic
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Osteoarthritis

The hospital, particularly the ED, acts as a rural learning centre for residents in emergency medicine and nursing as well as EMT-A and EMT-P students. The Department is also the site of many research projects.


The Mineral Springs Acute Care Unit provides a mix of medicine and surgery services and consists of 22 beds with one palliative suite as well as a labour and delivery suite. Surgical procedures, both elective and emergency, are provided on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Approximately 250 surgical cases are completed each month.

There is also a two bed, special care suite for seriously ill patients needing close observation. Elective surgery patients are processed through a pre-assessment clinic, also located on acute care.  The clinic assesses the need for pre-anaesthesia consults and provides pre and post-operative teaching.


The Continuing Care Department provides a high standard of individualized care to 25 residents of St. Martha’s Place using a collaborative model of care. The department aims to maintain and promote independence and health, prevent illness, and ensure dignity and individual self-worth. It maintains an interdisciplinary team approach with residents and their families and provides an environment that encourages physical, psychological and spiritual well being as well as continuity of care through the coordination of resources and services. The specific types of services provided include:

  • 24 hour/day nursing assessment
  • Planning
  • Intervention
  • Evaluation
  • 24 hour/day access to diagnostics
  • Therapeutics
  • Physicians
  • Medications
  • Oxygen
  • Nutritional Services 

Prevention and Promotion

  • Recreation Therapy
  •  Social Activities
  •  Volunteer Programs
  •  Music Therapy
  • Church Services 


  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Seating Assessments
  • Hip Protector Program

St. Martha’s provides a home-like atmosphere on a secure unit. There is immediate access to an enclosed patio, where residents can relax in the shade or help with the gardening if they are inclined.  Birthday parties, pub nights, special brunches, and musical therapy are some of the activities that keep our residents engaged and productive. Quality of life is not just a phrase but a commitment from our staff to our residents.
BMSH’s two operating rooms provide orthopaedic, plastic, limited general surgery, and caesarean section services. All surgical instruments are provided through the Medical Service Reprocessing Department. The OR boasts a consistent postoperative complication / infection rate of less than 1%.

The ten most common surgical procedures include:


  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Breast Reductions
  • Shoulder Repair
  • Open Reduction, Internal Fixation (All Fractures)
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Liposuction
  • C-Sections
  • Appendix Excision
  • Removal of Device, Breast With or Without Capsulectomy
  • Knee Joint Release 


  • Meniscectomies, Meniscoplasty
  • Nerves of Forearm and Wrist Release (Carpal Tunnels)
  • Synovectomies (Knee Debridement)
  • Flexor Tendons of Finger Release (Trigger Finger)
  • Hernia Repair
  • Varicose Vein Stripping and Ligation
  • Dupuytren Contracture Release
  • Tendons of Thumb Release (Trigger Thumb)
  • Skin Abdomen and Trunk Partial Excision
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Banff Emergency Medical Service (EMS) provides pre-hospital and inter-hospital medical care for the Town of Banff, Village of Lake Louise, Banff National Park (Improvement District No.9), and surrounding area.  As a hospital based service, Banff EMS paramedic teams have been able to maintain the specialized training and critical skills required for the high level of patient acuity, long distances, and back country rescue. Banff Mineral Springs Hospital refers the third greatest number of severe trauma patients (Injury Severity Score >12) to the regional trauma centre in Calgary.  Banff EMS experience high fluctuations in call volume because of the town and National Park’s popularity as a vacation destination.

Banff EMS participates in paramedic practicums, training programs, and connects with students for the purpose of recruitment and succession planning efforts.