Alberta Health Services has opened eight new transition beds at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre. The beds will provide patients a space to transition from acute care hospitals to an environment that feels like home.

“We are excited to get beds into circulation that will improve patient flow through hospitals throughout the region and reduce the length of stay for clients in acute care who no longer require acute care services,” says Janice Stewart, chief zone officer, AHS central zone.

The beds will support mentally stable patients who require extra time to recover before transitioning to supportive living or a long-term care environment. 

“This investment in the Ponoka community will assist patients who are going through a major life transition by getting them in the right place for the right care when they need it,” says Martin Long, Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Health.

The new beds are expected to open in the early fall. 


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