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Beaverlodge Health Care Updates

February 2, 2017: Planning for new Beaverlodge health facility moves forward

Plans are moving ahead for a new health care facility in Beaverlodge, replacing one of the oldest hospitals in the province owned and operated by Alberta Health Services. Read more.

September 26, 2016: Health Care Task Force grateful for community input

One of the most rewarding aspects of working in health care is the opportunity this provides to work closely with - and for - the community.

This work is particularly rewarding when we get to do this work, together, with the very best interests of Albertans at heart.

Last month, a joint task force was formed to finalize a plan for health care in Beaverlodge and area. The task force was asked to refresh recommendations for future infrastructure needs, as well as community based health care programs and services. Read more.

September 13, 2016: Health Care Task Force invites public to Open House

The joint task formed to review and recommend a plan for health care services in Beaverlodge and area is inviting the public to an open house, to provide input on health care now and in the future.

Earlier this month a joint task force was formed to review and recommend a plan for health care services in the community, with input from Beaverlodge and area residents.

Task force members – including Mayor Leona Hanson, and AHS and community leaders – are now seeking public input on current health care services, and what those services may look like in the future.

The task force will host a public open house next week, where the community can meet with task force members, and provide input that will help form recommendations related to the future of health care services in Beaverlodge and area, including Beaverlodge Municipal Hospital.

When: Tuesday, September 20 2016
Time: 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. (light refreshments will be served)
Where: Beaverlodge Community Centre, 1016-4TH Avenue, Beaverlodge

The open house will be focused on the work of the task force. Members of the public, as well as local stakeholder groups, are encouraged to come to the event, and be prepared to discuss the following:

There will also be an opportunity to share perspectives on anything pertinent that is not listed here.

Residents who are unable to attend are encouraged to provide feedback through an online survey: NOW CLOSED  

Paper copies of this survey are also available at the Beaverlodge Town Office and the Beaverlodge Municipal Hospital.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

September 8, 2016: Task force seeks community input on health care services plan

The joint task force formed to review and recommend a plan for health care services in the community is seeking input from Beaverlodge and area residents.

The task force, co-chaired by Alberta Health Services (AHS) leadership and Beaverlodge Mayor Leona Hanson, is now meeting on a regular basis with the goal of finalizing a plan for health care services in the community.

Members of the task force were selected to represent community interests, and include representatives from AHS staff and physicians, local stakeholder groups and community leaders, as well as from the Town of Beaverlodge.

The group is currently reviewing an updated version of the 2013/14 report that assessed the health needs of the community and surrounding areas, as well as reviewing other planning work done to date.

Task force members will then propose next steps for ensuring that the programs, services and infrastructure in Beaverlodge address current and future needs.

“This is important work, and we need to ensure we reflect the views and needs of our community,” said Mayor Hanson. “This is their health care system and they are the ones directly impacted by decisions made.”

The task force is seeking input from the community. Beaverlodge and area residents are encouraged to provide submissions related to the future of health care services in Beaverlodge by responding to a survey, available here: NOW CLOSED  

“We are committed to working with the community to develop a health care plan that works for Beaverlodge,” said Dr. Verna Yiu, AHS President and CEO. “To do that, we need the input of the community – we want to hear your thoughts and ideas on what is needed and what will work for Beaverlodge.”

The formation of the task force is the result of discussions held with community representatives, Mayor Hanson, and AHS over the past several months.

The task force will build on previous input from the community and will refresh recommendations for future infrastructure needs as well as community based programs and services.

The task force will make its recommendations to AHS and Alberta Health by September 30th, 2016. Further community updates will be available on this webpage, as the work progresses.

Renovations currently planned for the Beaverlodge Municipal Hospital will continue. Those building improvements, valued at more than $2.5 million, include renovations to address flood damage, and replacement of the roof, nurse call system, fire alarms and security system.

It is important to keep the building maintained and functioning while plans for the future are being finalized. Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

August 16, 2016: Task force to develop Beaverlodge community health care plan

A joint task force with members from Beaverlodge, including leadership from the Town of Beaverlodge, and Alberta Health Services (AHS) will spend the next several weeks finalizing a plan for health care in the community.

The task force will build on previous input from the community and will refresh recommendations for future infrastructure needs as well as community based programs and services. The recommendations will be shared with Alberta Health.

The formation of the task force is the result of discussions held with community representatives, including the mayor of Beaverlodge, and AHS over the past several months.

“I want to thank Mayor Leona Hanson, business and community leaders, and local physicians and staff for their continued partnership with AHS in the finalization of the go-forward plan for health care in the community,” said Dr. Verna Yiu, AHS President and CEO. “There was an incredible amount of previous work put into this planning so the intent is to build on what has been developed to date and to use this information with local community members to establish this final plan.”

Beginning next week, the task force will review an updated version of the 2013 report that had assessed the health needs of the community and surrounding population, and then propose next steps for ensuring that the programs, services and infrastructure in Beaverlodge address current and future needs.

Renovations currently planned for the Beaverlodge Municipal Hospital will continue. Those building improvements, valued at more than $2.5 million, include renovations to address flood damage, and replacement of the roof, nurse call system, fire alarms and security system. It is important to keep the building maintained and functioning while plans for the future are being finalized.

“The creation of the task force is a positive step forward in making sure that we have the health services we need here in Beaverlodge and the West County," said Mayor Hanson. "We look forward to the continued support from our neighbouring municipal leaders, including the County of Grande Prairie, as we work together to help move this essential project forward. This is a vibrant community and we believe that we can help establish a model for rural health care facilities and programs across the province.”

The task force will make its recommendations to AHS and Alberta Health by September 30th, 2016.

Health Care Task Force grateful for community input

Next Steps

  • Both AHS and the Town of Beaverlodge are committed to working with the community to help finalize a health plan
  • The Task Force will continue to meet, to review both the updated version of the 2013 health needs assessment report
  • The Task Force will propose next steps for ensuring that the programs, services and infrastructure in Beaverlodge address current and future needs
  • We will continue to provide updates to the community as this work progresses