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August 31, 2015

Junk in Your Trunk to raise money for hospital foundation

LETHBRIDGE — Local and area residents have an opportunity Saturday Sept. 5 to sell unwanted items and raise money for the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation at the same time.

August 31, 2015

Find Your Stride program supports active, healthy living

BROOKS – Local and area residents can take steps toward better fitness by participating in an eight-week pilot program starting next month.

August 31, 2015

More than $169,000 invested in local health care

THREE HILLS — More than $169,000 in repairs and upgrades have been completed in the last year at the Three Hills Health Centre to improve services at the local Alberta Health Services (AHS) facility.

August 31, 2015

Renovations complete at local emergency department

PINCHER CREEK — A $650,000 renovation project, now complete, will improve comfort, safety and security for patients and their families at the Pincher Creek Health Centre emergency department (ED).

August 31, 2015

Work begins today on Crowsnest Pass helipad upgrades

BLAIRMORE – Construction begins today on a new and improved helicopter landing pad at the Crowsnest Pass Health Centre. The project costs about $914,000 and will take eight weeks to complete.

August 27, 2015

Pain-free brain surgery without a scalpel

University Hospital Foundation funds $17.5M Gamma Knife and Clinical 3T MRI Centre.

August 26, 2015

Whooping cough outbreak declared in AHS North Zone

GRANDE PRAIRIE — Alberta Health Services (AHS) has declared a whooping cough (pertussis) outbreak in the AHS North Zone due to a sustained increase in the number of confirmed cases.

August 25, 2015

AHS Expressive Arts helps clients explore art therapy

MEDICINE HAT — People living with a chronic illness or disability who want to explore different forms of artistic expression are invited to join Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) community art program, which begins here next month.

August 25, 2015

Mental Health outreach workers launch backpack drive

AHS staff gather backpacks for their clients, some of the city’s most vulnerable.

August 24, 2015

New nurse call system installed at local health centre

BOW ISLAND — The Bow Island Heath Centre has a new $400,000 nurse call system, which enables patients to alert a nurse or other health care staff members if they need assistance.

August 19, 2015

More than $1.2 million invested in local health care

Upgrades and repairs improve service at Two Hills Health Centre.

August 17, 2015

More than $1.4 million invested in local health care

Upgrades and repairs improve service at Brooks Health Centre.

August 19, 2015

‘Elder-friendly’ surgical unit to get seniors home sooner

EDMONTON — Getting elderly patients home sooner, stronger and with fewer complications after emergency general surgery is the goal of an ‘elder-friendly’ emergency surgical unit now being created at University of Alberta Hospital.

August 17, 2015

Three Hills Health Centre welcomes portable X-ray unit

Three Hills Health Centre welcomes portable X-ray unit New machine allows images to be taken at bedside in critical situations.

August 14, 2015

Stay safe while swimming in lakes, rivers and streams

LETHBRIDGE – As Albertans enjoy the hot summer weather, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is again reminding Albertans to take precautions against the potential risks of swimming in open bodies of water.

August 14, 2015

Albertans encouraged to cook shellfish to reduce risk of illness

CALGARY – As investigation into 19 cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection in Alberta continues, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reminding all Albertans of the risk of this illness and important precautions to protect themselves.

August 13, 2015

AHS responds to Ministerial Directive on Lab Project

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services (AHS) today responded to the Ministerial Directive it has received regarding the Edmonton Lab Project that directs AHS not to expand the level of laboratory services provided by the private sector at this time and to cancel the RFP (Request for Proposal) process for the project.

August 12, 2015

AHS scores high in accreditation

A strong commitment to patient safety, the positive impact of Strategic Clinical Networks, and a caring and highly-competent workforce were some of the strengths noted by Accreditation Canada in its report following the May 11-15 survey visit.

August 10, 2015

Construction starts on heliport for Health Centre

Work at Rocky Mountain House Health Centre scheduled to minimize impact of noise on patients and visitors.

August 10, 2015

New volunteer positions at the Jack Ady Cancer Centre

Physiotherapy support volunteers needed to assist patients and families.

July 30, 2015

Sturgeon Community Hospital ventilation work to begin

ST. ALBERT – Work will begin shortly to replace the 25-year-old ventilation system in all five operating rooms at the Sturgeon Community Hospital (SCH), ensuring the facility continues to meet health and safety standards.

August 6, 2015

Work continues on new heliport for Fort McMurray

FORT McMURRAY – Design work for the construction on the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre’s rooftop heliport is ongoing and will be completed during the fall of 2015.

August 6, 2015

Hospital’s north entrance to reopen at noon Friday

LETHBRIDGE — The north atrium entrance of Chinook Regional Hospital will reopen Friday at noon. Patients and visitors who use the parkade can once again walk directly into the hospital.

August 5, 2015

Protect yourself against rabies, report wild animal bites

Following two bat bite incidents reported in the South Zone in the last week alone, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reminding residents and visitors to report all wild animal bites to their local public health office, or to Health Link.

August 4, 2015

New family physician now practising in Whitecourt

WHITECOURT — Local residents have increased access to primary care with the arrival of a new family physician now practising in the community.

July 27, 2015

Hospital parkade construction nearing completion

RED DEER – As construction on the new parkade at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre continues to move towards completion, road work is set to begin around the hospital’s main entrance.

July 24, 2015

Alberta Health Services offers local prenatal class

BEAVERLODGE — Expectant mothers and their partners are invited to a day-long prenatal class Sept. 12 at the Beaverlodge Public Health Centre.

July 23, 2015

AHS responds to PPIC decisions on Kipnes Centre for Veterans issues

Deb Gordon, Vice-President and Chief Health Operations for Northern Alberta, provided the following statement today regarding two Protection for Persons in Care (PPIC) decisions involving three residents at Kipnes Centre for Veterans in Edmonton.

July 17, 2015

AHS Provides Update on Edmonton Lab Project Vendor Appeal

EDMONTON - Alberta Health Services provided an update today on the status of the report of the Vendor Bid Appeal Panel that was established following the filing of an appeal on the AHS decision of the preferred proponent for the Edmonton Lab Project.

July 8, 2015

MRI move boosts access, trims wait times in Lloydminster

LLOYDMINSTER — Regional residents will benefit from increased access and reduced wait times for routine MRI service with the relocation of mobile MRI unit services at Lloydminster Hospital to a permanent service Lloydminster Medical Imaging clinic.

July 8, 2015

Stroke care on wheels saves time and brains

EDMONTON — Canada’s first stroke ambulance — complete with a CT scanner, clot-busting drugs and the potential to cure a stroke before the patient even reaches hospital — is coming here thanks to the University Hospital Foundation’s next major investment in the advancement of brain care at the University of Alberta Hospital.

July 7, 2015

Join EMS for one of the busiest rides of the Stampede

AHS invites the public to join a virtual ride-along during one of EMS’ busiest nights of the year.

July 6, 2015

AHS takes action on OAG mental health report

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services (AHS) continues to take action that will address recommendations from the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) to improve care and supports for those suffering from addiction and mental illness.

June 30, 2015

Calgary researchers advancing the study of vasculitis in kids

In extremely rare diagnosis, doctor finds Takayasu’s arteritis in Airdrie boy.

June 30, 2015

Alberta Health Services releases 2014-15 Annual Report

Highlights progress in priority areas, includes Consolidated Financial Statements.

June 29, 2015

New website helps Calgary-area patients Find a Doctor

More than 239 family doctors taking patients in Calgary area.

June 29, 2015

Pioneering gene therapy takes aim at inherited blindness

Clinical research trial injects customized virus to transfer healthy gene into retina.

June 26, 2015

Albertans urged to protect themselves from West Nile virus infection

CALGARY – Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reminding Albertans to take precautions necessary to protect themselves against West Nile virus infection this summer.

June 24, 2015

Another OB/GYN specialist recruited to Fort McMurray

FORT McMURRAY — Another obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) has been recruited to Fort McMurray, increasing access to obstetrical and gynecological services in the Wood Buffalo area.

June 22, 2014

Free drop-in sessions provide child literacy and development support

DRUMHELLER — Parents and children alike can discover the joys of multidisciplinary play at while learning ways to incorporate both activities at home through a community program with Alberta Health Services (AHS).

June 22, 2015

Spine surgery program improving lives in Wood Buffalo

FORT McMURRAY – Local and area residents who require elective spine surgeries can now get the care they need without leaving the community.

June 16, 2015

Final stage of precast concrete delivery to begin this month on new hospital parkade

Temporary disruptions for vehicle and pedestrian traffic accessing the site.

June 15, 2015

Retina camera improves diagnosis of eye conditions at Chinook Regional Hospital’s Locatelli Eye Centre

LETHBRIDGE — Patients here can now benefit from a new retina camera that delivers state-of-the-art diagnostics for certain conditions at the Locatelli Eye Centre at Chinook Regional Hospital.

June 11, 2015

PARTY program marks 20 years in southeastern Alberta

MEDICINE HAT – Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) Prevent Alcohol Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (PARTY) program is celebrating 20 years of keeping southeastern Alberta youth safe through injury prevention education.

June 10, 2015

Airdrie Urgent Care adds more treatment spaces

Construction to begin this summer to improve patient flow.

June 8, 2015

AHS continues to put patients first with new strategy

CALGARY – Patients and families must be welcomed partners within their health care teams, and be engaged in improving and managing their own health and wellness, according to an Alberta Health Services (AHS) strategy paper, released today.

June 4, 2015

Albertans dialled into Health Link’s change of number

More than 60 per cent of callers used 811 just three days after its launch.

June 3, 2015

AHS programs aim to meet diverse needs of local seniors

LETHBRIDGE – June 1-6 is Seniors Week, and Alberta Health Services (AHS) offers a number of specialized programs year-round for seniors in partnership with the Lethbridge YMCA and Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization (LSCO).

June 3, 2015

Researchers look to genetics to try to understand fainting

CALGARY — Calgary researchers are looking for people who faint to participate in a study that’s trying to pinpoint possible genetic causes for this common and debilitating condition.

June 2, 2015

June is Stroke Month – learn the signs and what to do

LETHBRIDGE – The public can learn more about stroke signs and treatment at a free, drop-in event Thursday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Chinook Regional Hospital atrium.

June 2, 2015

AHS Provides Update on Dialysis Incident

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services (AHS) confirms that one of the four dialysis patients affected by the accidental contamination of a water supply at the Royal Alexandra Hospital on May 29, died on May 31. It is not known if the patient’s death is connected to the water contamination issue.

June 1, 2015

AHS offers free, safe food handling courses this month

SOUTH ZONE – Individuals or groups planning special community events where food will be served are invited to attend safe food handling courses, offered free of charge by Alberta Health Services’ (AHS’) Environmental Public Health.

June 1, 2015

P.A.R.T.Y. program comes to Crowsnest Pass

Event teaches Grade 9 students about dangers of impaired and distracted driving.

June 1, 2015

Accessing trusted health advice now as easy as 8-1-1

Alberta Health Services introduces new telephone number for Health Link.

May 28, 2015

New Parkland County EMS station officially opens today

PARKLAND COUNTY – Alberta Health Services’ Emergency Medical Services (AHS EMS) paramedics have a new station to call home in Stony Plain.

May 28, 2015

Leading-edge diabetes treatment program hits milestone

EDMONTON – The local global leading islet cell transplant team recently performed its 500th islet cell transplant, which helps people with Type 1 diabetes control their blood glucose levels without daily insulin injections.

May 20, 2015

Online forum supports women with gynecological cancers

Women in Alberta recovering from gynecological cancers can now discuss their concerns, securely and anonymously, as part of an online support group that’s being evaluated by researchers.

May 14, 2015

ATV safety urged ahead of long weekend

As Albertans gear up for the May long weekend, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reminding all residents, and particularly parents of children less than 16 years of age, to be mindful of the significant risks associated with the use of All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs).

May 13, 2015

AHS recommends testing of private well water in Kneehill County

RED DEER– Recent water testing results have shown that water from some private wells in Kneehill County contains higher than recommended levels of naturally occurring selenium and uranium.

May 11, 2015

AHS recruits another new family physician to High Prairie

HIGH PRAIRIE — Alberta Health Services (AHS) continues to make progress on its goal to increase access to local primary care services with the recent recruitment of another new family physician.

May 8, 2015

New group support for new mothers coming soon

Public Health nurses to facilitate drop-in group on Fridays beginning May 22 in Wetaskiwin

May 8, 2015

Register for Clean-up Blitz at Chinook Regional Hospital

LETHBRIDGE – Local businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to volunteer for the annual Spring Clean-up Blitz at Chinook Regional Hospital.

May 7, 2015

New family physician practising in Slave Lake

SLAVE LAKE — Local residents have increased access to primary care with the arrival of another new family physician now practising in the community.

May 7, 2015

Provincial palliative and end-of-life care website launched

Albertans now have information about palliative care and end-of-life care at their fingertips with the launch of a new provincial online resource.

May 4, 2015

P.A.R.T.Y. program to stage mock collision in Fort Macleod

Events teach Grade 9 students about dangers of impaired and distracted driving.

May 1, 2015

Take the Ways to Wellness mental health challenge

During Mental Health Week, May 4-10, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is encouraging Albertans to participate in the Ways to Wellness Challenge and do something daily for positive mental health.

April 30, 2015

Evening dialysis now offered at Wetaskiwin Hospital

Service expansion enables more patients to access treatment locally.

April 28, 2015

AHS offers free, safe food handling courses next month

LETHBRIDGE – Individuals or groups planning special community events where food will be served are invited to attend safe food handling courses, offered free of charge by Alberta Health Services’ (AHS’) Environmental Public Health.

April 28, 2015

Workshop aims to help all residents access healthy foods

MEDICINE HAT – Community agencies, local food producers and residents are coming together this month to explore ways to ensure all people have access to good-quality, affordable and healthy food.

April 29, 2015

Racing champion eyes return after leading-edge surgery

Local surgeon performs first leg-lengthening procedure of its kind in Canada.

April 28, 2015

Construction begins on heliport at local health complex

Construction has started on the Grande Cache Community Health Complex heliport, which will improve access to emergency care for patients in the community and surrounding area.

April 27, 2015

AHS announces new contract EMS delivery for St. Paul

ST. PAUL — Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be provided in the St. Paul area by Prairie EMS effective May 1, Alberta Health Services (AHS) announced today.

April 27, 2015

Website arms parents with knowledge, kids against disease

It’s Immunization Awareness Week and Alberta Health Services (AHS) is encouraging parents to learn more about arming their children against disease.

April 22, 2015

Paramedics reunite with baby boy they resuscitated

EDMONTON – Six Alberta Health Services’ Emergency Medical Services (AHS EMS) paramedics reunite today with a boy they resuscitated nearly five years ago when he was born prematurely.

April 20, 2015

Parents invited to learn how to protect kids from addictions

FORT McMURRAY – Local parents are invited to a free event next month to learn how to help their children develop resilience and to protect them from the negative effects of ‘toxic’ stress.

April 20, 2015

Day of discovery for youth at yearly Ignite UR Spark Fair

LETHBRIDGE – An afternoon of discovery awaits local youth at the annual Ignite UR Spark Fair, where nearly 40 experts share their knowledge with youth ages 12 to 18 in areas such as drumming, fashion design, art, lacrosse, golf and skateboarding.

April 20, 2015

P.A.R.T.Y. program brings mock collisions to Taber

Events teach Grade 9 students about dangers of impaired and distracted driving.

April 20, 2015

Quadriplegic man breathes easier with new pacing device

In an Alberta first, surgical implant provides daytime freedom from ventilator.

April 17, 2015

One-day blitz aims to boost number of organ, tissue donors

Albertans can register intent to donate Monday at Alberta Blue Cross office.

April 14, 2015

Alberta Health Services offers kindergarten Health Fair, Grimshaw

GRIMSHAW — Children starting kindergarten this September and their families are invited to a kindergarten Health Fair on Monday, April 27 at the Grimshaw Community Health Centre.

April 13, 2015

Albertans reminded of simple precautions to reduce risk of Hantavirus

As spring cleaning season begins, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reminding Albertans to take simple steps to protect themselves from Hantavirus.

April 10, 2015

AHS North Zone hosts recognition events for National Volunteer Week

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is celebrating volunteers for the vital role they play in the support of patients, residents, families and staff.

April 9, 2015

AHS South Zone hosts recognition events for National Volunteer Week

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is celebrating volunteers for the vital role they play in the support of patients, residents, families and staff.

April 9, 2015

Free programs give families something to smile about

Pediatric dental care offered in southern Alberta through Oral Health Action Plan.

April 8, 2015

Lois Hole Hospital for Women marks its fifth anniversary

EDMONTON – The Lois Hole Hospital for Women today celebrates five years of providing a wide range of health services for women of all ages, including high-risk obstetrics, specialized gynecology and women’s surgery.

March 30, 2015

Capital plan boosts health facility construction, maintenance

Alberta’s five-year capital plan significantly increases investment in health facilities to meet Albertans’ needs.

March 26, 2015

AHS reacts to Budget 2015/16

EDMONTON – The Government of Alberta’s Budget 2015/16 will result in a funding reduction of $370 million which represents a 3.3 per cent reduction in grant funding Alberta Health Services (AHS) receives from the provincial government.

March 25, 2015

Second phase of emergency department now complete

Upgrades include more treatment spaces and more privacy for patients.

March 23, 2015

New heart attack test could improve care, decongest EDs

CALGARY – A new research study underway in the emergency department at Foothills Medical Centre shows promise for speeding up the diagnosis of patients who arrive with heart attack symptoms.

March 19, 2015

Construction progresses on new hospital parkade

Increased truck traffic may cause slight delays accessing the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre (RDRHC).

March 19, 2015

Nurse practitioners join two local continuing care facilities

Pilot project aims to reduce preventable emergency department visits.

March 18, 2015

Edmonton surgeons perform groundbreaking liver surgery

EDMONTON – Surgeons at the University of Alberta Hospital (UAH) have become the first transplant team in North America to use a leading-edge technology that extends the viability of donor livers prior to transplantation.

March 18, 2015

AHS to enhance local input and decision-making

Alberta Health Services (AHS) intends to implement changes that will enhance local input and decision-making across the organization.

March 16, 2015

Chinook Regional Hospital’s north entrance to close for five months

LETHBRIDGE – The North Atrium entrance at Chinook Regional Hospital will temporarily close Saturday to allow for excavation and installation of deep utility lines as part of the hospital’s redevelopment project.

March 13, 2015

AHS adds more EMS units and crews in Medicine Hat

MEDICINE HAT – Alberta Health Services (AHS) is addressing increasing local ambulance call volumes by adding Emergency Medical Services (EMS) vehicles and personnel.

March 11, 2015

Compass guides families of young neurosurgical patients

Book the brainchild of three moms who saw need for ‘family-friendly road map’.

March 11, 2015

New investments will improve access to health care

The Government is taking action to improve access to health care for Albertans.

March 10, 2015

Irregular, racing heartbeats tamed by Mazankowski service

New Atrial Fibrillation Program reduces stroke risk, improves quality of life.

March 9, 2015

Edmonton stroke patients getting clot-busting drug sooner

EDMONTON — Many local stroke patients are receiving a clot-busting drug faster than ever, significantly improving their chances for a full recovery.

March 5, 2015

Passing of Dr. Cy Frank

Our condolences go out to Dr. Cy Frank's family, friends and many colleagues.

March 5, 2015

Experts discuss raising healthy kids for life

GRANDE PRAIRIE - Learn about literacy and language, physical activity and immunization.

March 4, 2015

Researchers examine cluster of PMMA-related deaths

Multi-pronged approach to public awareness credited for managing outbreak.

March 4, 2015

Edmonton EMS staff responds to long-term cancer study

Alberta study gets major boost as researchers near goal of 50,000 participants.

March 3, 2015

Spasticity clinic leads nation with orthopedic surgeon, gait lab

Teamwork eases suffering, makes dramatic changes in quality of patients’ lives.

March 2, 2015

Two-city teamwork helps kids with developmental disabilities

Win-win for Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Camrose Pediatric Specialty Clinic.

February 26, 2015

New OB/GYN specialist recruited to Fort McMurray

FORT McMURRAY — Residents in the Wood Buffalo area will soon have increased access to obstetrical and gynecological services in the community.

February 18, 2015

Robots comfort patients at Alberta Children's Hospital

CALGARY – Four childlike robots are being used to comfort young patients during stressful medical procedures at Alberta Children’s Hospital.

February 13, 2015

AHS implements new cell phone policy to address roaming and data overages

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services has recently approved and implemented a new policy for cell phone and mobile device use.

February 12, 2015

Surgical capacity continues to expand in Innisfail

Innisfail Health Centre now offers plastic, retinal surgical services.

February 12, 2015

New family physician now practising in Fairview

FAIRVIEW — Local residents have increased access to primary care with the arrival of a newly-recruited family physician now practising in the community.

February 9, 2015

Sunrise Encore opens, offering additional living options

OLDS — More local seniors are now able to get the round-the-clock care and support they need in their community.

February 5, 2015

Aboriginal Cultural Room opens today at local hospital

Patients now have a dedicated space for prayer, traditional ceremonies.

February 5, 2015

AHS announces cost-containment measures

Alberta Health Services (AHS) announced today that it is following similar cost-containment measures as those being implemented by the Government of Alberta.

February 3, 2015

Northern Alberta Renal Program offers seven-day dialysis

EDMONTON – Three Alberta Health Services (AHS) dialysis sites in Edmonton are now open seven days a week to treat a growing number of patients with chronic renal failure.

February 2, 2015

Alberta cancer rates continue to trend downwards

EDMONTON – The rate at which Albertans are being diagnosed with cancer, or dying from the disease, is continuing to decrease, according to newly released data from Alberta Health Services (AHS).

January 27, 2015

New equipment to help in fight against head, neck cancer

UHF donates $1 million, partially raised through national Manuary campaign.

January 22, 2015

Two new family physicians recruited for Milk River

Doctors expected to arrive in spring, start practising by summer or fall.

January 22, 2015

Cardiac hybrid OR gives newborn heart patient new hope

EDMONTON – A four-month-old Calgary boy with a congenital heart defect has been given time – and an improved chance of survival – after undergoing the first neonatal cardiac hybrid surgery in Western Canada.

January 19, 2015

Local pharmacies a key ally in reducing vascular disease

New provincial strategy boosts access, screening, treatment for patients at risk.

January 19, 2015

New MRI arrives at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital

MEDICINE HAT – Installation begins today on a new, state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, which will improve patient care by providing higher-quality images in less time.

January 16, 2015

AHS encourages tobacco-free environments

National Non-Smoking Week provides opportunity to increase Albertan awareness.

January 15, 2015

System stops heart attacks before they happen

Research shows treating patients en route to hospital saves heart muscle.

January 13, 2015

Better care for Albertans with chronic kidney disease

EDMONTON — Albertans living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are receiving improved diagnosis and treatment following the launch of a standardized care pathway.

January 14, 2015

New study looks at brain activity in teens with autism

CALGARY — Researchers at Alberta Children’s Hospital hope to shed light on how adolescents and young adults with autism learn.

January 8, 2015

New online workshops for managing chronic disease

Better Choices, Better Health-Online now available electronically.

January 8, 2015

Program helps cancer patients overcome severe distress

Alberta pioneers a global standard of care that’s improving overall well-being.

January 5, 2015

Researchers ramp up study looking at exercise, diabetes

CALGARY — Local researchers are seeking individuals with Type 2 diabetes and a desire to get into better shape to participate in a study that’s looking at whether an exercise program using resistance bands for strength training improves blood sugar control and heart disease risk factors.