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Who We Are
  • We are the skilled and dedicated health professionals, support staff, volunteers and physicians who promote wellness and provide health care every day to about 4 million Albertans, as well as to many residents of Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.
  • Alberta Health Services (AHS) has over 104,000 employees, including about 96,100 direct AHS employees and almost 8,000 staff working in AHS wholly-owned subsidiaries such as Carewest, CapitalCare Group and Calgary Laboratory Services (excluding Covenant Health staff), 17,600 volunteers and almost 8,400 physicians.
  • Students from Alberta’s universities and colleges, as well as from universities and colleges outside of Alberta, receive clinical education in AHS facilities.
  • 100 acute care hospitals, 5 stand-alone psychiatric facilities, 8,230 acute care beds, 22,533 continuing care beds/spaces and 202 community palliative and hospice beds, 2,327 addiction and mental health beds plus equity partnership in 41 primary care networks.
  • Programs and services are offered at over 450 facilities throughout the province, including hospitals, clinics, continuing care facilities, mental health facilities and community health sites.
  • The province also has an extensive network of community-based services designed to assist Albertans maintain and/or improve health status.
Our History
  • Canada’s first province-wide, fully integrated health system, announced on May 15, 2008, by Ron Liepert, Minister of Health and Wellness.
  • We bring together 12 formerly separate health entities in the province including three geographically based health authorities, Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC), Alberta Mental Health Board and Alberta Cancer Board. Ground ambulance service was added to the responsibilities of AHS in an announcement from Alberta Health and Wellness on May 30, 2008. The services were moved from municipalities to AHS effective April 1, 2009.
Our Leadership