More than $19.5 million has been invested at the Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre supporting a series of enhancement projects across the site, including a major redesign of the emergency department and upgrades to the medical device reprocessing department.
Additionally, investments to replace the roof, waterlines and repairs to the building envelope, the chiller, medical gases and heating systems will ensure the comfort of patients, staff and visitors, and help extend the life of the building. A new nurse call system enables patients to alert a nurse or other healthcare staff members if needed.
“All Albertans, no matter where they live, need and deserve access to our world-class health system, and they need it close to where they live,” says Jason Copping, Minister of Health. “These projects help make that a reality, and are part of our commitment to manage and improve health infrastructure and services across Alberta.”
Funding came from the Government of Alberta’s Infrastructure Maintenance Program.
“The community is pleased to have these investments in healthcare,” says Rick Wilson, MLA for Maskwacis-Wetaskiwin. “Investments like these in rural Alberta are an important part in ensuring Albertans have access to healthcare facilities that are safe and secure; places that provide high-quality care when they or their loved ones are sick or injured.”
AHS, in partnership with Alberta Infrastructure and Alberta Health, is building and renewing facilities across the province to provide accessible, sustainable, quality healthcare to all Albertans. AHS currently has about 540 maintenance projects underway throughout the province.
“The Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre plays an important role in the well-being of this community and surrounding area,” says Mauro Chies, interim Alberta Health Services (AHS) President and CEO. “The emergency department is one of the busiest in the Central Zone, and its redesign will enhance not only the safety of our patients and staff, but will also provide improved treatment spaces. Elsewhere, renovations to the medical device reprocessing department will help support the site’s surgical program and AHS’ ongoing work to reduce surgical wait times across the province. These local investments help ensure the delivery of high-quality healthcare in Wetaskiwin now and into the future.”