A group of Red Deer physicians has now formed a non-profit society as they continue their plight to secure a commitment from the province for a fully funded re-expansion of the Red Deer Regional Hospital.

5 founding board members have created the Society for Fair and Transparent Health Funding to Central Alberta, including General Surgeon Dr. Paul Hardy.

Hardy explains why they felt this society would help elevate their lobby efforts.

“We want a mechanism that is long term, sustainable and has representation from the community, not just physicians and not just Red Deer.  So a non-profit society we thought was the best way of carrying this message on until we get some development that we desperately need”.

It's been about a year since the group of Doctor’s brought their concerns to the public about lagging infrastructure at the Red Deer Regional Hospital, and Hardy says they need to keep pushing.

“I think when we started we were initially seen as maybe just disgruntled and that our message would fizzle out but clearly that’s not the case but we need help and we need sustainability for it.  We are continuously working on planning with Alberta Health Services and the government is hearing us, so we’ve been heard, but until they’re actually building we need to keep the pressure up”.

Hardy says they will be hosting a meeting in early March in hopes of recruiting more society members who can go out and help educate the public and government, watch their Facebook page for details.

In the meantime he says over capacity is a daily issue at the Red Deer Regional Hospital, long wait lists continue and people are still needing to travel to Edmonton and Calgary to get the care they should be able to receive here in central Alberta.

More Local News

Arrest made in fatal pedestrian hit and run on March 11 2018

From Red Deer RCMP: Red Deer RCMP have arrested and charged a 29 year old man in relation to a fatal hit and run that occurred in north Red Deer on March 11, 2018. RCMP identified the suspect after a…

Suspects carjack, drag 76-year-old woman from car at knife point in Wetaskiwin

From Wetaskiwin RCMP: On November 7, 2018 a Central Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit (CAD CRU) member observed a carjacking at knife point. A 76-year-old victim was dragged out of her truck by…

Blackfalds proposes tax increase of 1.5% in 2019 as population hits 10,000

The Town of Blackfalds has finished up the details on their budget proposal for 2019. The most common question for families is what will be impacting them directly and a tax increase is always on…

ME Global named one of Canada's safest Employers

MEGlobal Canada ULC has been named one of Canada's Safest Employers, winning gold in the Chemistry category at a ceremony hosted by Thomson Reuters and Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine in…

UPDATE: Death on Sunchild First Nation ruled a homicide

From RCMP Major rimes Unit: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 4:23pm: On November 9, Rocky Mountain House RCMP responded to an incident at the Sunchild Gas Station. A male victim died following an…

Lacombe welcomes new Director of Community Services

The City of Lacombe is pleased to welcome their new Director of Community Services Deborah Juch, who started her new position on November 1st. Raised in Calgary with a father in the military, Juch…

Three boys under 16 charged with armed robbery of Red Deer store

From Red Deer RCMP: Red Deer RCMP arrested three male youths early this morning after they robbed a north Red Deer convenience store with an imitation firearm then attempted to flee police by hiding…

Public Safety Compliance Team sees only minor violations during CFR weekend

Some local Red Deer businesses passed the test during random safety inspections this past weekend. On Friday, October 19th, the Public Safety and Compliance team inspected 10 random bars and…

Original concept flag stolen from Band Office in Montana Cree Nation

From Maskwacis RCMP: On November 6, 2018, Maskwacis RCMP received a report that the Band Office in Montana Cree Nation was victim of a break and enter overnight. Investigation revealed that multiple…

Ponoka picks up Healthy Community Award

Ponoka is one of three Central Alberta communities to receive a Choosewell award for supporting healthy activity. The award was presented by the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association at their…

CochraneNow.com is Cochrane's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login