AHS supports the Rocky Mountain House town council decision to remove the water tower so the newly completed heliport upgrade at the Rocky Mountain House Health Centre can begin operation.
AHS will continue to work closely with town council and provide any support we can in order to resolve the issues with the water tower and other obstruction issues as quickly as possible. Our focus remains on finding a quick solution so we can begin transporting patients to the upgraded heliport.
AHS has committed up to $430,000 to cover the costs to demolish the tower, as well as, replace the communication antenna, relocate the ammonia stack on the rink and any other obstruction issues. Any additional costs outside of this commitment would have to be discussed further and measured against other health care needs in the province.
In the meantime, all STARS helicopters will continue to land at the Rocky Mountain House airport. Ground ambulances will be used to transport patients to and from the health centre and airport. This is already common practice in Rocky Mountain House, and, in fact, other communities across the province. It is a safe option.