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2024

July 12, 2024 - FAQ available about Recovery Alberta transition, new course highlights patient experience, guidance on Indigenous hair

June 28, 2024 - Work continues to further improve efficiencies, additional family presence resources available, new printers coming soon

June 14, 2024 - CEO speaks with staff in Calgary and Lethbridge, new wellness seminars now available, additional support for staff to spot phishing emails

May 31, 2024 - Shared Commitments introductory webinar now online, opportunities to learn about Indigenous culture, new program addresses antimicrobial misuse and overuse

May 17, 2024 - The latest on AHS wildfire response, new resources to enhance retention, food-from-home guidelines updated

May 3, 2024 - Launch 8 of Connect Care goes live tomorrow, surgical capacity expands in Leduc, new organ and tissue donation campaign takes lighthearted approach

April 19, 2024 - Opportunities for nursing students and grads, engagement efforts inform wildfire response strategies, Regional Advisory Council recruitment begins

April 5, 2024 - Health Workforce Strategy update now available, agreement to benefit nursing staff and students, checking Fit Test status made easier

March 22, 2024 - See the Health Workforce Strategy highlight on internal turnover, IT increasing cyber-security measures, staff parking rates to change April 1

March 8, 2024 - AHS explores strategies to manage overtime rates, Our People Survey results are in, virtual meeting to discuss plans for 2024 wildfire response

February 23, 2024 - Additional funding for medical first responder agencies, progress made in hiring internationally educated nurses, vacation reminder for non-unionized employees

February 9, 2024 - Health Workforce Strategy highlights sick rate, OneDrive migration coming soon, new website spotlights data quality

January 26, 2024 - Have your say in refocusing healthcare, resources being developed to reduce first-year turnover rate, changes to MyAHS Connect proxy access start today

January 12, 2024 - Work underway to meet 2023-24 budget, progress reported in Health Workforce Strategy update


2023

December 15, 2023 - Measures taken to address hospital capacity, new President & CEO starts, holiday greetings from AHS Board and Executive Team

December 1, 2023 - Launch 7 adds 12,000+ staff and physicians to Connect Care, lab capacity grows in Calgary, final day to sign up for Secret Santa

November 3, 2023 - Launch 7 of Connect Care goes live Sunday, lab appointment capacity increases in Calgary, Norwood West opening adds continuing care spaces in Edmonton

October 20, 2023 - Resources available to support local enhanced masking decisions, AHS accredited until end of 2027

October 6, 2023 - Internationally educated nurses arrive in province, kudos for EMS dispatch, AHS immunization clinics open next week

September 22, 2023 - Thank you for E. coli efforts, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation approaches, review PPE guidance as we enter respiratory virus season

September 8, 2023 - Groundbreaking for Enoch Cree Nation chartered surgical facility, gratitude to teams for E. coli response, Our People Survey opens next week

August 25, 2023 - Gratitude for wildfire response, Phase 1 of PLC emergency upgrades complete, upcoming surveys to help AHS better support our people

August 11, 2023 - Caregiver support available, improve mental health by getting outdoors, AHS partners with surgical optimization organization

July 28, 2023 - Indigenous Support Line expanding to Central Zone next month, new mental health facility serving youth and families, leading-edge heart surgery arrives in Alberta

July 14, 2023 - Renovations begin at Canmore ED, new mental health supports in Central Zone, InfoCare celebration recognizes importance of privacy and information security

June 30, 2023 - Historic donation to Alberta’s newest cancer centre, big thank you as wildfire response tapers, HQCA’s Patient Experience Awards all go to AHS initiatives

June 16, 2023 - Wildfire response ongoing, continuous masking directive ends Monday, celebrate Pride and National Indigenous Peoples Month

June 2, 2023 - AHS Update: Stories of kindness and compassion emerge from wildfire response, National Indigenous Peoples Month celebrations underway

May 19, 2023 - AHS Update: Gratitude for your incredible efforts during wildfire response, supports available for you, a conversation with Dr. John Cowell

May 5, 2023 - AHS Update: Patients Evacuated from Drayton Valley Hospital Over Wildfire Concerns, Connect Care Launch 6 Scheduled for Tomorrow

April 21, 2023 - AHS Update: New Inter-facility Ambulances Roll Out in Central Zone, Additional Funding Announced to Expand Surgical & DI Capacity, AHS Celebrates our Volunteers

April 6, 2023 - AHS Update: EMS Shared Response Line reaches major milestone, Fit for Work screening ends, Gene Zwozdesky Centre set to open Fall 2023

March 24, 2023 - AHS Update: EMS Return to Service yielding early positive results, surgical wait-list almost at pre-pandemic level, Health Workforce Strategy shared, TikTok ban coming

March 10, 2023 - AHS Update: Work underway to meet EMS hospital time target, AHS wins top employer awards, continuous masking dropped in non-clinical areas

February 24, 2023 - AHS Update: Funding to support digital health supports, investments proposed to attract, retain healthcare workers

February 10, 2023 - AHS Update: EMS/811 Shared Response reducing unnecessary ambulance responses, clinical trial using made-in-Alberta technology starts soon

January 27, 2023 - AHS Update: AHS pandemic response started three years ago, new vendors to increase capacity for ortho surgeries

January 13, 2023 - AHS Update: Projects under way to ease ED pressures, land acknowledgement resources now online


2022

December 16, 2022 - AHS Update: Share your feedback to improve local decision-making, AHS receives keys to Calgary Cancer Centre

December 2, 2022 - AHS Update: AHS responds to capacity pressures, learn about holiday stress supports and Indigenous spiritual ceremonies

November 18, 2022 - AHS Update: Official Administrator Named to Replace Board, Virtual Innovations Make Influenza Information More Accessible, Additional Vaccine Option for Children

November 4, 2022 - AHS Update: Largest Connect Care Launch to Date Slated for Sunday

October 21, 2022 - AHS Update: Provincewide Engagement Tour, Our People Survey Next Steps, & Pfizer Bivalent Update

October 7, 2022 - AHS Update: AHS Adds 50 New ICU Beds, Fit for Work Screening Update, Influenza Season Approaches

September 23, 2022 - AHS Update: Fallen EMS Colleague Mourned, Health Engagement Tour Resumes, Take Precautions to Prevent Respiratory Illness

September 9, 2022 - AHS Update: Expanding Access to Surgery in Central and South Zones, Commemorating National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Learn how to Create Inclusive Spaces for Virtual Care

August 26, 2022 - AHS Update: COVID-19 Booster Dose Available for Albertans aged 5 – 11, Reducing Wait Times for Cancer Surgeries, Family Support and Resources are Available

August 12, 2022 - AHS Update: Minister and AHS Leaders Tour Communities, MyLearningLink Introduces Course Catalogue, Monkeypox Immunization Appointments Expanded, Moderna for Children Six Months to Five Years Now Available

July 29, 2022 - AHS Update: Vaccine for Young Children Now Available, Eligible Groups Can Access Monkeypox Vaccine, AHS and HSAA Ratify New Collective Agreement

July 20, 2022 - Update on COVID-19 Related Items

July 18, 2022 - Immunization Policy Update

July 15, 2022 - AHS Update: COVID-19 testing changes come into effect July 18, Masking Requirements Remain in Place

July 12, 2022 - COVID-19 Updates: Testing Changes & Masking Requirements

June 30, 2022 - AHS Update: Entry Screening at AHS Continuing Care Sites Still Required, Take the AHS Update Survey

June 24, 2022 - AHS Update: AHS Support for Refugees, Reported COVID-19 Cases Continue to Drop

June 17, 2022 - AHS Update: Update on AHS COVID-19 Protocols: Masking, Fit for Work, and Family Presence and Visitation

June 13, 2022 - Alberta eases public health measures

June 10, 2022 - AHS Update: Monkeypox in Alberta, Supports for Ukraine, Independent Review of EMS response to Incident

June 3, 2022 - AHS Update: Additional Orthopedic Surgeries to Come on Stream, COVID-19 Hospitalization Numbers Continue to Drop, First Monkeypox Case Confirmed in Alberta

May 27, 2022 - AHS Update: Biggest Connect Care launch just hours away, advisory council members to gather at Spring Forum, COVID-19 hospitalizations drop

May 20, 2022 - AHS Update: Connect Care reaches patient-portal milestone ahead of Launch 4, update on continuous masking, last chance to take Our People Pulse Survey

May 13, 2022 - AHS Update: Permanent ICU beds added, Calgary EMS IOC opens, Launch 4 of Connect Care approaches, many COVID-19 numbers decline

May 6, 2022 - AHS Update: Preparations continue for Connect Care Launch 4, surgical wait list down from last month, new cases of COVID-19 decrease across zones

April 29, 2022 - AHS Update: Integrated Operations Centre to open in Calgary, organ transplant programs set records, Pulse Survey coming

April 22, 2022 - AHS Update: New ophthalmology contracts to reduce wait lists, hospitalizations and ICU admissions rise, spotlight shines on our volunteers

April 14, 2022 - AHS Update: Surgical wait lists reduced, COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU admission on rise, Health Link sets new record for annual callers

April 8, 2022 - AHS Update: Progress made in priority areas, supports added for Ukraine evacuees, new COVID-19 cases increase province wide

April 1, 2022 - AHS Update: AHS prepared as Ukraine evacuees arrive in Alberta, new COVID-19 cases increase across all five zones

March 25, 2022 - AHS Update: New cases increase in three zones, webpages added with war supports for staff and Albertans, Ukrainian and Russian speakers sought

March 18, 2022 - AHS Update: AHS establishes Ukraine response, provincewide COVID-19 case numbers remain stable, AHS immunization policy amended

March 11, 2022 - AHS Update: Booster doses available March 14 for youth aged 12-17, cases continue to decrease in all zones

March 4, 2022 - AHS Update: COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline, government announces more major healthcare investments

February 25, 2022 - AHS Update: Cases and hospitalizations on the decline, government announces major investments in healthcare infrastructure

February 18, 2022 - AHS Update: New & active cases drop again, ICU numbers stable although surge capacity still needed

February 11, 2022 - AHS Update: Government announces gradual reduction in public health measures as new, active case numbers decline

February 8, 2022 - Province Updates COVID-19 Public Health Measures

February 4, 2022 - AHS Update: Highest COVID-19 hospitalization rates in pandemic, rapid test kit distribution update

January 28, 2022 - AHS Update: Active cases down provincewide, hospitalizations hit all-time high, Edmonton pandemic response unit opens, collective agreement struck with UNA

January 21, 2022 - AHS Update: AHS teams prepare for ongoing surge of COVID-19 patients

January 14, 2022 - AHS Update: Significant increases in cases this week, changes to testing criteria

January 7, 2022 - AHS Update: Cases significantly increase across Alberta, self-care resource helps manage COVID-19 symptoms at home


2021

December 30, 2021 - AHS Update: Omicron cases increasing, hospitalizations hold steady, remote work extended to end of February

December 23, 2021 - AHS Update: Provincial restrictions updated as cases significantly increase in Alberta, AHS immunization testing policy updated

December 17, 2021 - AHS Update: Omicron variant in Alberta, healthcare workers eligible for booster

December 10, 2021 - AHS Update: Omicron cases grow in Alberta, new AHS board chair announced

December 3, 2021 - AHS Update: Immunization of Workers policy updated, Omicron variant detected in Alberta

November 26, 2021 - AHS Update: COVID-19 vaccine rollout for children 5-11 years underway today, maintaining ICU capacity

November 19, 2021 - AHS Update: Health Canada authorizes COVID-19 vaccine for children five to 11 years old; QR codes required for proof of immunization

November 12, 2021 - AHS Update: Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccine arrives in Alberta, Nov.15 final deadline to submit proof of Immunization

November 5, 2021 - AHS Update: Fourth week of declining cases, get fully protected with both COVID-19 and influenza immunizations

October 29, 2021 - AHS Update: Submit your COVID-19 immunization status, get your influenza immunization

October 22, 2021 - AHS Update: Deadline to submit proof of immunization extended; please stay home if you’re sick

October 15, 2021 - AHS Update: COVID-19 cases continue to decrease, submit immunization status by Oct. 16

October 8, 2021 - AHS Update: Numbers mostly trend in right direction, deadline to submit proof of immunization approaches

October 1, 2021 - AHS Update: Dr. Yiu shares thoughts on the week, deadline approaches to submit proof of immunization

September 24, 2021 - AHS update: Pressures on ICU continue to intensify as number of active cases pushes past 20,000

September 17, 2021 - AHS Update: Record number of patients in ICU, government introduces new public health measures, vaccination numbers rise sharply

September 10, 2021 - AHS Update: Measures taken to add surge capacity as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise sharply

August 27, 2021 - AHS Update: Non-urgent surgeries postponed to boost acute and ICU capacity; help available for Long COVID

August 13, 2021 - AHS Update: Transition timelines extended, new directive clarifies work attendance for AHS workers, hospitalization and ICU numbers start to rise again

July 30, 2021 - AHS Update: Province updates public health measures; impact on AHS staff, physicians and sites

July 16, 2021 - AHS Update: Number of active cases reaches lowest point since last July

July 02, 2021 - AHS Update: COVID-19 numbers keep falling, designated support/visitation access to change Monday, update on PPE guidelines

June 25, 2021 - AHS Update: Most public health measures to be lifted next week as immunization numbers climb, case and hospital numbers plummet

June 18, 2021 - AHS Update: Second dose bookings open for new cohort, AHS reaches milestone of 2M vaccine doses administered

June 11, 2021 - AHS Update: Number of active cases lowest since last October, province enters Stage 2 of government’s reopening plan

June 09, 2021 - AHS Update: Supporting each other in tough times

June 04, 2021 - AHS Update: Case, hospitalization numbers show vaccines work, Wisdom Council issues statement on residential school mass grave

May 28, 2021 - AHS Update: COVID-19 numbers continue to decline, province announces three-stage plan to lift public health measures

May 21, 2021 - AHS Update: Active cases decline in all five zones, ICUs deal with record capacity for fourth consecutive week

May 14, 2021 - AHS Update: Active case numbers level off but ICU admissions at record high, Albertans book in big numbers as immunization eligibility expands

May 14, 2021 - AHS Update: AHS granted restraining order to protect staff and physicians

May 05, 2021 - AHS Update: Expanded public health measures announced as new and active cases, ICU admissions reach record highs this week; vaccine eligibility expands

April 30, 2021 - AHS Update: Targeted Public Health Measures Implemented As Province Reports Record Numbers of Active Cases, ICU Admissions

April 23, 2021 - AHS Update: New & Active Cases Spike, ICU Numbers Up Nearly A Third, As Province Sets New Single-Day Record For Immunizations

April 16, 2021 - AHS Update: Another Weekly Spike In New & Active Cases, Please Sign Up For Immunization If You Are Eligible

April 10, 2021 - Rollout of Phase 2C for Healthcare Workers

April 09, 2021 - AHS Update: COVID-19 Numbers continue to Spike as Variants of Concern Spread, Government Updates Mandatory Health Measures

April 01, 2021 - AHS Update: Active Cases Continue To Climb in Every Zone, Phase 2B Booking through AHS Begins Monday

March 29, 2021 - Launch of Phase 2B

March 26, 2021 - AHS Update: New & Active COVID-19 Case Numbers Spike Across Province

March 19, 2021 - More than 380,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered by AHS; Cases Increase in Alberta

March 15, 2021 - Eligibility Criteria for Phase 2B and 2C

March 12, 2021 - COVID-19 numbers remain stable as Covishield/AstraZeneca vaccinations begin

March 09, 2021 - Rollout of AstraZeneca

March 05, 2021 - COVID-19 vaccine rollout expands next week; Alberta’s pandemic response reaches one-year mark

March 04, 2021 - Rollout of Phase 2A and AstraZeneca

March 03, 2021 - Expanding Second Dose COVID-19 Immunization Window

February 26, 2021 - Average number of daily new cases rises for first time in 10 weeks, immunization begins for Albertans 75+, tentative deal for physicians

February 23, 2021 - Rollout of vaccine to 75+ seniors in community

February 12, 2021 - Most COVID-19 numbers continue decline but variant of concern cases more than double over past week

February 05, 2021 - Numbers of Active Cases, Hospitalizations, ICU Admissions Continue to Drop; More Variant of Concern Cases Detected

January 29, 2021 - COVID-19 Active Cases Down In All Five Zones, Info on Rescheduling Second-Dose Appointments

January 28, 2021 - COVID-19 Immunization Update

January 26, 2021 - COVID-19 Immunization Update

January 22, 2021 - COVID-19 Numbers Continue to Trend Downward; Update on Vaccine Supply & Sequencing

January 19, 2021 - COVID-19 Immunization Update

January 18, 2021 - COVID-19 Immunization Update

January 15, 2021 - New Cases, Hospitalization, ICU Numbers Decrease; Pfizer Announces Temporary Reduction in Vaccine Shipments to Canada

January 15, 2021 - Thousands Respond To Call to Book This Weekend

January 14, 2021 - COVID-19 Immunization Update

January 13, 2021 - COVID-19 Immunization Update

January 12, 2021 - COVID-19 Immunization Update

January 11, 2021 - COVID-19 Immunization Update

January 08, 2021 - COVID-19 Units Added to Vaccine Priority List; More Vaccine Next Week; Hospitalization, ICU Numbers Decrease

January 07, 2021 - COVID-19 Immunization Update

January 06, 2021 - COVID-19 Immunization Update

January 05, 2021 - COVID-19 Immunization Update


2020

December 31, 2020 - First Member of the Public Receives Vaccine; Gratitude for 2020

December 24, 2020 - Active Cases Down in All Five Zones, Vaccine Rollout Continues Provincewide

December 18, 2020 - Vaccine Updates, Self-care, Mobile Testing

December 11, 2020 - Expanded Public Health Measures Aim to Reverse Rising Numbers of New Cases & Hospitalizations

December 04, 2020 - Another Week of Record High Numbers, PPE Guidance Changed To Add Eye Protection