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August 25, 2014

UAH surgical team breaks Alberta's transplant record

EDMONTON – Local surgeons have again broken Alberta’s transplant record, performing more transplants in a 10-day period than they normally do in a month.

August 11, 2014

Third new family physician recruited to High Level

HIGH LEVEL — Local residents have improved access to primary care with the recruitment of a new full-time physician practising in the community.

August 7, 2014

New nursing agreement ratified by AHS and UNA

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) have concluded negotiations for a new collective agreement that supports quality patient care now and into the future.

Bat encounters increasing in South Zone of Alberta Health Services

SOUTH ZONE – A recent increase of bat encounters across the South Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS) is prompting AHS to warn residents to keep their distance from bats.

Increase in E. coli illness in AHS Edmonton Zone

EDMONTON – Following a recent cluster of E. coli O157:H7 illness in the Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is advising people to take precautions to prevent the spread of illness, particularly during the upcoming holiday weekend.

July 25, 2014

AHS reminds Albertans to take care in selecting individuals to assist with home births

AHS reminds Albertans to take care in selecting individuals to assist with home births.

July 24, 2014

Medicine Hat’s new EMS station to serve growing south side

New location only blocks away from adult and seniors living facilities.

July 23, 2014

AHS continues to improve supplement safety

HQCA review helps guide ongoing quality and safety improvements.

July 21, 2014

Stollery doctors pioneer life-saving heart transplant protocol

Unique in Canada, pediatric anti-rejection therapy gives young patients new lease.

July 9, 2014

Protect yourself against rabies, report all wild animal bites

SOUTH ZONE – Following the confirmation of rabies in a bat found in the Lethbridge-area, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reminding ALL South Zone residents that wild mammals – bats, coyotes, raccoons and skunks – may carry the rabies virus, and pose risk to human health.

July 9, 2014

New full-time family physician recruited to Swan Hills

SWAN HILLS — Local residents have improved access to primary care with the recent recruitment of a new, full-time family physician arriving in the community, thanks to the efforts of Alberta Health Services (AHS), Swan Hills’s elected officials, and strong community support.

July 8, 2014

Negotiating teams support Mediator’s recommendations on new nursing contract

EDMONTON – The Mediator working with Alberta Health Services (AHS), Covenant Health and the United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) has recommended terms and conditions for a new contract.

July 7, 2014

Disruption at Covenant's Misericordia Community Hospital

Due to heavy rain this weekend in Edmonton, there is a service disruption due to flooding at the Misericordia Community Hospital.

July 4, 2014

Measles outbreak declared over in AHS Edmonton Zone

Measles disease activity in the Edmonton Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS) has decreased to such an extent as to meet criteria necessary to lift the measles outbreak first declared on April 29, 2014. Effective immediately, AHS has declared this measles outbreak over in the Edmonton Zone of AHS.

July 3, 2014

NAT vans free up more ground ambulance resources

Two wheelchair-accessible vans increase access to the service

July 3, 2014

New equipment improves colorectal cancer screening

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE — Local residents now have access to a new endoscopy system that offers improved diagnosis and screening for diseases of the colon and stomach.

July 2, 2014

Follow these safety tips and prevent playground injuries

LETHBRIDGE — Parents and children are encouraged to follow some simple playground safety tips to prevent avoidable injuries.

July 2, 2014

Slave Lake secures second GP-anesthesiology physician

Local doctor undertakes additional training to further support C-section services.

June 27, 2014

Albertans urged to protect themselves from West Nile virus infection

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

June 26, 2014

Research gives lifelong skills to teens with heart disease

Sessions steer youth towards better knowledge, self-management skills

June 24, 2014

AHS creates continuing care resolution team

EDMONTON – A new continuing care resolution team reporting directly to Alberta Health Services’ CEO has been created to ensure patients and families receive appropriate, timely continuing care placement and care.

June 23, 2014

GP-anesthesia physician recruited to Slave Lake, will enable local C-section services to be re-established

Fifth physician recruited to Slave Lake since March.

June 19, 2014

Covenant Care opens more supportive living beds

Dr. John Cowell, Official Administrator for Alberta Health services attended an official opening and blessing ceremony for Holy Cross Manor, a 100 bed supportive living facility in northwest Calgary.

June 19, 2014

Come for immunizations, head home with a book

Edmonton Public Library (EPL) and AHS put books and early literacy information into the hands of newborns and their parents through expansion of EPL’s Welcome Baby program.

June 18, 2014

Training tool helps respiratory therapists breathe easier

Breathing simulator replicates the activity, responses of human lungs.

June 18, 2014

Drinking water safety during overland flooding

SOUTH ZONE – Due to the current heavy rainfall event, surface waters in southern Alberta have become contaminated.

Stroke patients in Grande Prairie benefit from home-based therapy pilot

A new stroke rehabilitation pilot project is helping to reduce the number of days patients spend in hospital.

June 16, 2014

Newly recruited family physician now practising in town (Fairview)

FAIRVIEW — A family physician has been newly recruited to practise in Fairview, thanks to the ongoing recruitment efforts of Alberta Health Services (AHS) and its community partners.

June 12, 2014

Measles outbreak declared over in the Calgary and Central Zones of Alberta Health Services

Measles outbreak declared over in the Calgary and Central Zones of Alberta Health Services - Outbreak remains active in Edmonton Zone.

June 11, 2014

New GPS technology helps support independence

Trial project helps prevent seniors from getting lost due to memory impairment.

June 11, 2014

Brooks Health Centre rescheduling procedures

Ceiling damage in the Surgical Processing Department being assessed, repaired.

Government and AHS committed to improvement in continuing care

The Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services have accepted all recommendations in two reports released by the Health Quality Council of Alberta on continuing care services.

May 29, 2014

New seniors’ facility under construction (Slave Lake)

Points West Living will add 53 living spaces offering multiple levels of care.

May 29, 2014

Three full-time family doctors recruited to Grande Cache in the past three months

New local physician recruitment and retention committee plays key role.

May 28, 2014

First district EMS station opens in south Calgary

Alberta’s largest EMS base expected to improve ambulance turnaround times.

May 29, 2014

Bike paramedics to patrol community events this summer

MEDICINE HAT – A group of Alberta Health Services’ Emergency Medical Services (AHS EMS) paramedics in the city are now trained and equipped to travel by mountain bike, enabling them to provide emergency response services to community events with large gatherings.

May 27, 2014

New family physician now practicing in Grimshaw

GRIMSHAW — Local and area residents have improved access to primary care with the recent arrival of a new family physician.

May 28, 2014

Mock car crash shows students dangers of impaired driving

EDMONTON — North Edmonton junior high students will see first-hand the consequences of driving while under the influence of drugs at a simulated crash scene this morning.

May 26, 2014

Share words of gratitude at ‘Thank a Paramedic’ website

CALGARY — A new website launched today by Alberta Health Services (AHS) provides a way for Albertans to send messages of thanks directly to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) paramedics who have helped them.

May 26, 2014

Two new family physicians recruited to High Level

HIGH LEVEL — Local residents have improved access to primary care with the recruitment of two new full-time physicians now practising in the community.

May 26, 2014

New family physician now practising in High Prairie

HIGH PRAIRIE — Local residents have improved access to primary care with the arrival of Dr. Wayne Chuang, a new family doctor now practising in the community.

May 23, 2014

Two more physicians recruited to Slave Lake

Four new family doctors expected to be practising full time this fall.

May 21, 2014

Second Medical Officer of Health joins AHS South Zone

Dr. Karin Goodison brings a wealth of experience to the public health team.

May 20, 2014

New family physician now practising in Athabasca

ATHABASCA — Local residents have improved access to primary care with the arrival of Dr. Adekunle Ogunnupe, a family doctor now practising at the Athabasca Professional Building.

May 16, 2014

Local foundation to bring CT scanner to the community

Fundraising campaign begins for powerful diagnostic tool.

May 15, 2014

‘Sound’ idea a breakthrough in safer scoliosis care

Doctors and researchers at Glenrose and Stollery pioneer ultrasound imaging.

May 13, 2014

Measles immunization clinics ending: Calgary Zone

CALGARY – Alberta Health Services (AHS) is offering Calgary Zone residents requiring measles vaccine the opportunity to be immunized at these remaining drop-in measles immunization clinics...

May 9, 2014

Additional measles immunization clinics: North Zone

FORT MCMURRAY – Alberta Health Services (AHS) will provide Fort McMurray-area residents requiring measles vaccine with additional opportunities to be immunized at the following drop-in measles immunization clinics.

May 9, 2014

Together Albertans can reduce cancer risk by 50 per cent

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services (AHS) has launched a new campaign that aims to bring Albertans together to reduce the risk of cancer in the province by up to 50 per cent.

May 9, 2014

New technique to repair weakening in heart’s main artery

CALGARY — For the first time in Alberta, local cardiac specialists are now able to repair bulges in the upper aorta of the heart using a minimally invasive procedure that reduces hospital stays, speeds recovery and improves outcomes for patients.

May 5, 2014

Additional measles immunization clinics: Calgary Zone

CALGARY – Alberta Health Services (AHS) will provide Calgary Zone residents requiring measles vaccine with additional opportunity to be immunized at the following drop-in measles immunization clinics.

April 30, 2014

Additional Measles Immunization Clinics: Central Zone

Alberta Health Services (AHS) will provide Central Zone residents requiring measles vaccine with additional opportunity to be immunized at the following drop-in measles immunization clinics.

April 30, 2014

AHS services returning to Holy Cross Centre

CALGARY – Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Carewest will return some programs and services to the Holy Cross Centre beginning in the next several weeks.

April 29, 2014

ENCORE keeps hearts stronger to better fight cancer

EDMONTON — Keeping the heart strong during cancer treatment to give patients the best outcome is the focus of ENCORE, a hybrid clinic whose twin approach to healing taps the expertise of the Cross Cancer Institute and the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.

April 28, 2014

One phone number to access continuing care services

RED DEER – Residents in central Alberta can now call a toll-free telephone number to access a wide range of continuing care services for themselves or their loved ones.

April 25, 2014

'Mini' heart-valve surgery speeds patients' healing

University Hospital Foundation invests $500,000 to recruit top surgical talent.

April 25, 2014

World-class Edmonton lab model moves a step closer

EDMONTON – A Request for Proposals (RFP) for a single expert provider of laboratory services in the Edmonton Zone has now closed, with Alberta Health Services (AHS) accepting proposals from four companies.

April 25, 2014

Second family physician recruited to Slave Lake

Dr. Geoffrey Bourke expected to be practising full time in the community this fall.

April 25, 2014

Former Capital Health Authority executive expenses to be posted to AHS website

EDMONTON – The expenses referenced today by Ms. Sheila Weatherill were filed during her time as President and CEO of the former Capital Health Authority, prior to the creation of Alberta Health Services (AHS).

April 25, 2014

Dialysis patients will receive treatment in Red Deer

RED DEER – All Red Deer patients who require dialysis will receive their treatment at Red Deer Regional Hospital, meaning patients will not be required to travel for treatment outside the city.

April 24, 2014

Measles confirmed in infant underscores importance of immunization to protect most vulnerable

EDMONTON – A new case of measles has been confirmed in an Edmonton Zone infant. The infant is less than 12 months of age, and is therefore too young to be immunized against measles.

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.