Alberta Health Services (AHS) is Canada’s first and largest provincewide, fully-integrated health system, responsible for delivering health services to the more than 4.3 million people living in Alberta, as well as to some residents of Saskatchewan, B.C. and the Northwest Territories.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) has more than 102,700 employees, including over 102,000 direct AHS employees (excluding Covenant Health staff) and over 8,300 staff working in AHS wholly-owned subsidiaries such as Alberta Public Labs, Carewest and CapitalCare Group. We are also supported by over 14,100 volunteers and almost 11,600 physicians practicing in Alberta, more than 8,400 of whom are members of the AHS medical staff (physicians, dentists, podiatrists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons).
Students from Alberta’s universities and colleges, as well as from universities and colleges outside of Alberta, receive clinical education in AHS facilities and community locations.
106 acute care hospitals, five stand-alone psychiatric facilities, 8,448 acute care beds, 27,163 continuing care beds/spaces and 249 community palliative and hospice beds, 2,772 addiction and mental health beds plus equity partnership in 41 primary care networks.
Programs and services are offered at over 850 facilities throughout the province, including hospitals, clinics, continuing care facilities, cancer centres, mental health facilities and community health sites.
The province also has an extensive network of community-based services designed to assist Albertans maintain and/or improve health status.
Canada’s first province-wide, fully integrated health system, announced on May 15, 2008, by Ron Liepert, Minister of Health and Wellness.
We bring together 12 formerly separate health entities in the province including three geographically based health authorities, Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC), Alberta Mental Health Board and Alberta Cancer Board. Ground ambulance service was added to the responsibilities of AHS in an announcement from Alberta Health and Wellness on May 30, 2008. The services were moved from municipalities to AHS effective April 1, 2009.
AHS supports our people by creating a culture in which we all feel safe, healthy, and valued, and can reach our full potential.
To accomplish this, AHS has set a clear vision, with a shared purpose and common goals. AHS is committed to developing excellent leadership that will respect, value and support our people and provide the resources needed to work together effectively.