Photos courtesy of Town of Three Hills
The sky is enormous. As you look around the landscape of this prairie town, your view is dominated by the broad, sweeping plains and a patchwork of crops stretching into the distance. If you approach the town from the west, you’ll spot the three distinctive hills that give the Town of Three Hills its name.
The community’s location provides easy access to several nearby attractions, where the wild beauty of the Canadian badlands takes centre stage. Among the twisting prairie coulees, hoodoo rock formations, and fossil beds, there’s a lot to explore. Three Hills Creek, which also gets its name from the nearby hills, winds its way through the prairie west of town, where you’ll also find the local nine-hole golf course.
This central Alberta community is located 132 kilometres northeast of Calgary and 102 kilometres southeast of Red Deer. Approximately 3,320 people call Three Hills home, and work in a variety of industries including agriculture, oil and gas, hospitality, retail and, of course, health care.
The Town of Three Hills combines the traditional charm of rural Alberta living with modern essential services and amenities, including a pool, fitness centre, and local arena. There are local community organizations for sports, hobbies, and social clubs for all ages. From hockey and lacrosse to slo-pitch and bow hunting, there’s something for everyone.
There are seven parks throughout the community, with four kilometres of walking trails. Children and youth attend Three Hills School or Prairie Christian Academy from Kindergarten through Grade 12. In addition, Prairie College offers post-secondary education in aviation, theology, Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN), and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
The annual Cruise Weekend is a summertime highlight that attracts over 2,000 people annually. Over the first weekend in June, residents and visitors alike enjoy taking in a classic car and motorcycle cruise, show and shine, and bracket racing, complemented with live music and activities for all ages.
Three Hills Health Centre provides healthcare services and programs to the community. Services at this facility include a 24/7 emergency department, acute care, long term care, home care, public and mental health services, physical and occupational therapy, laboratory and diagnostic imaging services. This facility includes 21 acute care beds, 23 long term care beds, and one respite bed.
The Kneehill Ambulance service is based out of Three Hills and provides ambulance services for the region, while the Three Hills clinic provides primary care and immunization programs to the community.
Three Hills’ highly collaborative team of healthcare professionals work to actively foster a sense of belonging and a positive work environment. Participating in things like facility potlucks, social events, and birthday celebrations, the team has built up camaraderie – and strong working relationships.
At a recent walking challenge, employees logged their daily steps as a way to commit to being healthier. Participants collectively recorded over 1,050 kilometres – enough steps to lap Kneehill County three times! Another event focused on healthy eating as a part of improving overall wellness, while another addressed stress reduction and relaxation techniques.
Many activities are also geared to improving patient care through continuous learning activities to upgrade and add new skills. Regular seminars on relevant topics are available, as well as support for taking external training, cross-training, or interdepartmental movement.
To learn more about living and working in Three Hills, you can visit the town’s website or Kneehill County’s website. Search and apply for current employment opportunities on the Alberta Health Services’ online job board.