Those waiting for hip, knee and ankle replacements may be breathing a sigh of relief after a ruling yesterday that Calgary’s Health Resource Centre will remain open until at least Jan. 15, 2011.

The centre was facing bankruptcy after a dispute erupted between Networc Health, which owns HRC, and one of its creditors, Cambrian Group of Companies.

Alberta Health Services, which contracts the HRC to perform around one-third of provincial orthopedic surgeries, filed an application requesting that an interim receiver take over operations of the HRC, which was granted by Justice Barbara Romaine yesterday.

“It means uninterrupted patient care until January, which we think is exactly what we asked the court to do,” said executive vice-president and CFO of Alberta Health Services, Chris Mazurkewich.

As for what will happen after January, Mazurkewich explained that surgeries will be moved to other local facilities and AHS has plans to add eight operating rooms to the Foothills Medical Centre.

AHS is predicting the total cost of this case may be anywhere from $500,000 to $1.5 million, said Mazurkewich.

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