Minister of Health
Over the next several years, we are spending over $3 billion on everything from paving hospital parking lots to building brand new hospitals.
Hundreds of millions of those dollars go to fixing hospitals and clinics by paying for new windows, nurse call systems, and air conditioning units that keep an entire building cool during heat waves like we experienced this summer.
Over and above this funding, Alberta’s government is spending millions on brand new projects that benefit rural Albertans. We’re doing this because for too long, rural Alberta has been neglected by previous governments.
Rural living, and the freedom and independence it affords, is a way of life that many Albertans love and embrace; but it also means being further away from the health care services that people from the city take for granted.
To address that problem, we have announced a new $50 million fund for projects from Brooks to Wetaskiwin, Cardston to Slave Lake, and all across Alberta, for revamping rural emergency departments, building new and larger ambulance bays, upgrading labs, and new surgical equipment.
Central Albertans have been asking for the Red Deer hospital to be expanded for over a decade. We are delivering by spending $100 million to start the first phase of construction this fall. The hospital is one of the busiest in the province with over 50 per cent of patients being from nearby rural towns.
We are also spending over $35 million on a new birthing centre in La Crête, which has one of the highest birth rates in the province and is over 100 kilometers away from the nearest hospital. The new facility will come with a midwifery program, a new Emergency Medical Services facility, and more space for mental health and primary health care services.
This item is reprinted with permission from the Slave Lake, AB, Lakeside Leader. For the complete article, click HERE
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