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April 17, 2014

Chinook Regional offers new service for cardiac patients

Lethbridge becomes third city in province to offer implantable defibrillators.

April 16, 2014

Physician recruitment efforts continue in Slave Lake

Newly recruited physician anticipated to arrive in the community later this year.

April 16, 2014

AHS encourages Albertans to think about end-of-life care

Conversations matter when documenting your health care wishes.

April 11, 2014

Training available to lead AHS chronic disease workshops

SOUTH ZONE – Community volunteers are invited to learn how to facilitate a chronic disease workshop series throughout the South Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS).

April 10, 2014

Study examines impact of extra pounds on kidney function

CALGARY — Over the years, health scientists have drawn clear links between obesity and sleep apnea, and sleep apnea and deteriorating kidney function. Now, researchers are investigating whether excess weight alone has a harmful effect on the kidneys.

April 8, 2014

NICU reopens at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital

MEDICINE HAT — The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital reopened today at 1 p.m. after a five-day closure to repair water damage.

April 3, 2014

Cardiac patients benefit from new non-invasive technology

City among first in Canada to use ground-breaking NICaS monitor for diagnosis.

April 2, 2014

Patients enjoy convenience of new catheter technology

Safer, faster system uses ECG, not X-rays, to confirm drug-line placement.

March 26, 2014

Elite athletes’ ‘Quiet Eye’ may enhance surgical education

CALGARY – Researchers with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the University of Calgary are studying a concept from the world of sports in the hopes it will one day improve surgical training.

March 26, 2014

AHS consolidates programs, services at Lethbridge Centre

LETHBRIDGE – A wide array of community health services have been moved under one roof, enabling local residents to meet with multiple care teams without needing to travel.

March 25, 2014

More local seniors able to join adult day programs (Calgary Zone)

CALGARY – More than 500 additional seniors in the Calgary and Edmonton areas are now able to get out of their homes at least once a week for a day of socialization and recreation, providing respite for their caregivers, with the expansion of adult day programs offered by Alberta Health Services (AHS).

March 25, 2014

More local seniors able to join adult day programs (Edmonton Zone)

EDMONTON – More than 500 additional seniors in the Edmonton and Calgary areas are now able to get out of their homes at least once a week for a day of socialization and recreation, providing respite for their caregivers, with the expansion of adult day programs offered by Alberta Health Services (AHS).

March 17, 2014

Difference is night and day with overnight hospital dialysis

CALGARY — A new program on the dialysis unit at Foothills Medical Centre is improving the lives of 26 patients – while they sleep.

March 14, 2014

Alberta Health Services announces new CEO

Experienced health care leader to focus on quality care for Albertans; further strengthening of health care delivery.

March 13, 2014

AHS program improves care for hip and knee patients

Albertans now waiting less time for surgery and going home sooner.

March 13, 2014

iStent procedure speeds recovery for glaucoma patients

EDMONTON – Surgeons at the Royal Alexandra Hospital’s Regional Eye Centre are utilizing a minimally-invasive surgery that improves recovery for many local glaucoma patients.

March 12, 2014

New family physician now practising in Lac La Biche

LAC LA BICHE — Local residents have improved access to primary care with the recent arrival of a new family physician now practising in the community, thanks to ongoing recruitment efforts by Alberta Health Services (AHS) and its partners.

March 12, 2014

Boil water order impacts Chinook Regional Hospital

LETHBRIDGE – Alberta Health Services South Zone is contacting patients scheduled for elective surgeries and some diagnostic tests to reschedule surgeries and procedures set for Thursday.

March 5, 2014

Stroke Action Plan to improve care throughout the province

Red Deer the first of several centres to implement AHS initiative.

February 27, 2014

Hospital temporarily moves intensive care, palliative units (Medicine Hat)

Relocation will minimize noise, activity for vulnerable patients during construction.

February 20, 2014

Day procedures unit bigger, brighter and better for patients

LETHBRIDGE – More and different procedures are now being performed at Chinook Regional Hospital’s newly renovated day procedures unit, which is bigger, brighter and offers patients improved comfort and privacy.

February 18, 2014

Groundbreaking procedure returns girl's quality of life

Medicine Hat teen youngest to undergo surgery that ended years of chronic pain.

February 12, 2014

Adult Leisure Program encourages older adults to socialize

GRANDE PRAIRIE – Older adults can meet new people and try different activities through an Alberta Health Services program now offered through the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.

February 7, 2014

Parents invited to AHS talk on family health care options

EDMONTON – Local parents are invited to a forum later this month to learn about the best options for their families’ health care needs.

February 5, 2014

Renovations begin at local emergency department

ED will continue to care for patients during 40-month improvement project.

February 4, 2014

Heart attack study could lead to longer lives for survivors

EDMONTON — A study led by the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute is answering one of the biggest questions about heart attack care which could lead to longer, healthier lives for survivors.

February 3, 2014

Public invited on virtual look inside cancer care facilities

Day-long AHS social media event highlights patients, staff on World Cancer Day.

January 31, 2014

Art program celebrates first year with public display

LETHBRIDGE — Dozens of southern Alberta residents are getting a reprieve from the stress of chronic illness and injury through an Alberta Health Services (AHS) program.

January 31, 2014

New salary structure established for AHS senior leadership

CALGARY — Alberta Health Services (AHS) today announced a new salary structure for its streamlined senior leadership team. The compensation is based on the median of the public sector market and confirms the elimination of variable, incentive-based compensation.

January 29, 2014

New performance measures better reflect spectrum of care

Alberta Health Services (AHS) today released new performance measures that will help Albertans easily understand how the province’s health system is performing.

January 28, 2014

Two new family physicians now practising in Bonnyville

Local residents have improved access to primary care with the recent arrival of two new family physicians, a result of ongoing recruitment efforts by Alberta Health Services (AHS) and its partners.

January 27, 2014

Hundreds helped in Bariatric Specialty Clinic's first year

MEDICINE HAT — More than 200 southern Albertans have received life-changing, weight management support at the local Bariatric Specialty Clinic since the Alberta Health Services facility opened one year ago.

January 27, 2014

Influenza immunization program update: South Zone

LETHBRIDGE – Using additional doses of influenza vaccine secured by Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services (AHS) will now be offering influenza vaccine to all children who turned, or will turn, six months of age, on or after December 1, 2013, through to March 31, 2014.

January 27, 2014

Influenza immunization program update: Calgary Zone

CALGARY – Using additional doses of influenza vaccine secured by Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services (AHS) will now be offering influenza vaccine to all children who turned, or will turn, six months of age, on or after December 1, 2013, through to March 31, 2014.

January 27, 2014

Influenza immunization program update: Central Zone

RED DEER – Using additional doses of influenza vaccine secured by Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services (AHS) will now be offering influenza vaccine to all children who turned, or will turn, six months of age, on or after December 1, 2013, through to March 31, 2014.

January 27, 2014

Influenza immunization program update: Edmonton Zone

EDMONTON – Using additional doses of influenza vaccine secured by Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services (AHS) will now be offering influenza vaccine to all children who turned, or will turn, six months of age, on or after December 1, 2013, through to March 31, 2014.

January 27, 2014

Influenza immunization program update: North Zone

GRANDE PRAIRIE – Using additional doses of influenza vaccine secured by Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services (AHS) will now be offering influenza vaccine to all children who turned, or will turn, six months of age, on or after December 1, 2013, through to March 31, 2014.

January 24, 2014

AHS welcomes findings of McKenzie Towne Care Centre review

CALGARY – Alberta Health Services (AHS) has completed a review at McKenzie Towne Care Centre in response to several complaints at the continuing care facility.

January 22, 2014

New temporary residential detox services for Medicine Hat

MEDICINE HAT — A temporary residential detoxification facility is expected to open this summer to serve local and area residents until a new permanent facility opens next year.

January 21, 2014

Health Link Alberta expands nutrition, medication support

Albertans are now able to talk to medication specialists and registered dietitians about their nutrition and medication concerns through Health Link Alberta.

January 16, 2014

Parents invited to AHS talk on family health care options

CALGARY – Local parents are invited to a forum next week to learn about the best options for their families’ health care needs.

January 15, 2014

FIT test helps to detect colorectal cancer sooner

Screening tool now available for average-risk Albertans.

January 14, 2014

Moms-to-be with diabetes test monitoring device in study

CALGARY — A new research study underway in Calgary is testing whether a device that continually monitors sugar levels in the blood will help women with Type 1 diabetes who are pregnant, or planning pregnancy, to better manage their condition.

January 11, 2014

Influenza vaccine supply update: South Zone

LETHBRIDGE – Due to the significant uptake in this year’s flu vaccination campaign, influenza vaccine is no longer available in South Zone.

January 11, 2014

Influenza vaccine supply update: Central Zone

RED DEER – Due to the significant uptake in this year’s flu vaccination campaign, influenza vaccine is no longer available in Central Zone.

January 10, 2014

Influenza vaccine supply update: Edmonton Zone

EDMONTON – Due to the significant uptake in this year’s flu vaccination campaign, influenza vaccine is no longer available in the Edmonton Zone.

January 10, 2014

Influenza vaccine supply update: Calgary Zone

CALGARY – Due to the significant uptake in this year’s flu vaccination campaign, influenza vaccine is no longer available in Calgary Zone.

January 10, 2014

Influenza Vaccine Supply Update: North Zone

GRANDE PRAIRIE – Due to the significant uptake in this year’s flu vaccination campaign, influenza vaccine is no longer available in North Zone.

January 10, 2014

Clinic opens to help residents manage influenza symptoms: Edmonton Zone

EDMONTON — A local Flu Care Clinic opens today to provide residents with care and assistance for moderate influenza symptoms.

January 9, 2014

Influenza Vaccine Supply Update: South Zone

LETHBRIDGE – Alberta Health Services (AHS) continues to work diligently to manage existing supply of influenza vaccine, and to meet the high demand for vaccine across the province.

January 9, 2014

Influenza Vaccine Supply Update: Central Zone

RED DEER – Alberta Health Services (AHS) continues to work diligently to manage existing supply of influenza vaccine, and to meet the high demand for vaccine across the province.

January 9, 2014

Influenza Vaccine Supply Update: North Zone

GRANDE PRAIRIE – Alberta Health Services (AHS) continues to work diligently to manage existing supply of influenza vaccine, and to meet the high demand for vaccine across the province.

January 9, 2014

Influenza Vaccine Supply Update: Edmonton Zone

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services (AHS) continues to work diligently to manage existing supply of influenza vaccine, and to meet the high demand for vaccine across the province.

January 9, 2014

Influenza Vaccine Supply Update: Calgary Zone

CALGARY – Alberta Health Services (AHS) continues to work diligently to manage existing supply of influenza vaccine, and to meet the high demand for vaccine across the province.

January 8, 2014

Canada's largest pediatric patient simulation lab opens

KidSIM Centre at Alberta Children’s Hospital will improve clinical care

January 8, 2014

Avian influenza death confirmed in Alberta

Health Minister Fred Horne released the following statement today regarding Alberta’s first rare and isolated case of avian influenza.