Alberta Health Services (AHS) is Canada’s first and largest province-wide, fully-integrated health system, responsible for delivering health services to nearly 4.4 million people living in Alberta, as well as to some residents of Saskatchewan, B.C. and the Northwest Territories.
AHS has more than 103,000 direct AHS employees (excluding Covenant Health and other contracted service providers) and almost 11,800 staff working in AHS’ wholly-owned subsidiaries such as Alberta Precision Laboratories, Carewest and CapitalCare Group. AHS is also supported by nearly 15,100 volunteers and more than 10,800 physicians practicing in Alberta, approximately 8,200 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, 8,515 acute care beds, 27,774 continuing care beds/spaces and 256 community palliative and hospice beds, 2,785 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 in maintaining and/or improving their overall health status.
Alberta Health Services’ annual operating budget for 2019-20 fiscal year is $15.365 billion.
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.