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New website helps Albertans say thanks for care received

May 20, 2016

CALGARY – A new website launched today by Alberta Health Services (AHS) responds to ongoing requests from patients, families and clients for a way to send messages of thanks directly to health care workers who made a difference in their lives.

The website – www.thanksforcaring.ca – allows people to post messages of gratitude to any health care worker who provided or supported care in hospitals, urgent care centres and emergency departments, continuing care sites, clinics, offices and communities throughout Alberta.

“I have witnessed first-hand the caring, dedication and commitment of our staff to providing excellent, compassionate care to Albertans through all life stages,” says Dr. Verna Yiu, AHS Interim President and CEO. “And I have also seen and heard how grateful and appreciative patients and families are. This website is one way for Albertans to say thanks to anyone at AHS who’s gone that extra mile.”

The website allows people to personalize messages by selecting from a menu of shapes, background colours, font styles and emojis. Messages will be posted online, can be shared through social media, and will be shared directly with the people being thanked whenever possible.

This site also builds on the May 2015 launch of the thankaparamedic.com website, which has been well received by Albertans and EMS workers.

AHS welcomes all feedback to ensure continuous improvement to the health care system. Albertans are encouraged to share ideas, experiences, suggestions or concerns by emailing info@albertahealthservices.ca.

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.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Don Stewart
AHS Media Relations
403-943-1210