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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.