The Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre is the recipient of more than $19.5 million of provincial funding delegated to local healthcare.
This funding comes as part of a supporting series of enhancement projects at the location including a major redesign of the emergency department and upgrades to the medical device reprocessing department.
Investments were also used to replace the roof, waterlines and repairs to the building envelope, the chiller, medical gasses and heating systems. These upgrades and repairs will help extend the life of the building and ensure comfort for patients, staff and visitors.
A new nurse call system has also been set in place which will allow patients to alert a nurse or other healthcare staff members if they are 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 Minister of Health Jason Copping.
Funding for these projects came from the Government of Alberta’s Infrastructure Maintenance Program.
“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. These local investments help ensure the delivery of high-quality healthcare in Wetaskiwin now and into the future.”
In addition to the investments in Wetaskiwin, AHS currently has around 540 maintenance projects underway throughout the province.