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Success Stories

Alberta Health Services aims to continually improve the quality of care we provide to the people we serve. Below is a collection of stories and videos, updated regularly, about the new programs and services, leading-edge technology and groundbreaking research that are improving the lives of Albertans, wherever they live in our province.

Researchers test probiotic as treatment for stomach fluJune 5, 2013
Researchers test probiotic as treatment for stomach flu Alberta Children’s Hospital physician leads national study

Initiative helps Edmonton hip, knee clinic reduce wait timesMay 15, 2013
Initiative helps Edmonton hip, knee clinic reduce wait times Time from referral to consult reduced by 80 per cent

absorbable stentMay 6, 2013
Absorbable stent boosts circulation, dissolves in body Leading-edge treatment ideal for some cardiac patients

Let's get something straight.April 26, 2013
Let's get something straight New hope for patients with bowed legs, skeletal problems

Archived Stories

Well-balanced health care deliveryApril 25, 2013
Well-balanced health care delivery New AHS clinic offers one-stop care for dizziness

Radiologist Dr. Stephanie Wilson examines Crohn’s disease patient Coreen Harbor using ultrasound, a pioneering use for this diagnostic standby.April 18, 2013
Now that’s a sound idea Pioneering use of diagnostic standby helps bowel patients

Cancer patient navigator Isabelle Ramsay of Canmore talks with patient Steven Renema.March 25, 2013
Cancer patient navigators lend guiding hand New provincial program expands into smaller communities

It’s important for me to say thanks.March 12, 2013
It’s important for me to say ‘thanks’ Realtor reunites with ambulance crew who restarted his heart

New Calgary Cancer Centre planned.March 1, 2013
New Calgary Cancer Centre planned Better patient care, treatment and research for southern Albertans

Choices target mental healthFebruary 22, 2013
Choices target mental health Program provides group support for teens, young adults

Research sheds light on diagnostic heart failure.February 15, 2013
Research sheds light on diagnostic heart failure Alberta HEART team dedicated to diagnosis, prevention, treatment

True gift of love for Valentine’s Day.February 12, 2013
True gift of love for Valentine’s Day Foundation-supported hospital room keeps family together

Efficiency initiative reduces wait times by half.February 6, 2013
Efficiency initiative reduces wait times by half Calgary program helps families control chronic condition

Bram Bouma, 12, undergoes testing for his asthma, which has been under control since attending information sessions provided by a Calgary program.February 4, 2013
ED visits, hospitalizations for pediatric asthma reduced Calgary program helps families control chronic condition

Liver transplant recipient Phyllis Mustus enjoys a checkup with nurse practitioner Pamela Fald at the Aboriginal Women’s Outreach Clinic on the Alexis First Nation, 100 km northwest of Edmonton.January 24, 2013
Bringing care home for Aboriginal women New outreach clinics put primary care within walking distance

Medical geneticist Dr. Aneal Khan examines patient Christopher Armstrong, 34, who is part of the world's first clinical trial using gene therapy to treat Fabry disease.January 24, 2013
First gene therapy trial launched for Fabry disease Alberta lab, researchers playing key role in Canadian study

homelessJanuary 21, 2013
Hope where none existed Fort McMurray clinic treats homeless to a healthier future

The Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Foundation raised key funds for the hospital’s new CT scannerJanuary 15, 2013
CT scanner a crucial addition for Fort Sask Fast scans give 3-D picture of what’s going on inside the body

ICU nurse Kerrie Mealey-Meng, left, ICU manager Sandra Beida and Cindy Park, executive director of the QEII Hospital Foundation, teamed up to create the “Chillin’ in the ICU” campaign to raise funds for a new hypothermia machine for the hospital in Grande Prairie January 2, 2013
Chillin' in the ICU Foundation to give cardiac patients the cold shoulder – to save lives

Ange Young, Myles Hayne and Adrian Hayne reunite with paramedic David Cipollone under calmer circumstances than their first meeting - when Myles decided he wanted to be born ... now!.December 31, 2012
EMS crew catches two-minute Myles Speedy delivery for a Canmore paramedic team

Drayton Valley Health Care staffers Sherry Horne, left, and Dena Enyedy demonstrate a sit-to-stand lift, the purchase of which was made possible by the Drayton Valley Health Services Foundation.December 28, 2012
Recycling software into health care Foundation program gives seniors a welcome lift

Annette Carney, a resident at Kentwood Place, has been encouraged to rediscover her love of painting while residing at the facility.December 27, 2012
A place for healing ... and hope Red Deer facility guides mental health patients back into society

After spending time in hospital, Kimberly Buday had a different type of birthday wish. For her ninth big day, she gathered up all the gifts she’d been given and hauled them – six bags in all – to sick kids on the pediatric unit at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital.December 24, 2012
Gifts from her heart Girl, 9, shares birthday presents with hospitalized children

Gastroenterologists Dr. Michelle Buresi and Dr. Michael Curley with patient Shane Gowans and the latest high-resolution manometry unit at the Gut Motility Centre at Calary's South Health Campus.December 21, 2012
Gut check time HS opens state-of-the-art centre for gastrointestinal problems

Dr. Ray Ulan, left, stands behind a 1962 hemodialysis machine and Dr. Kailash Jindal behind a contemporary hemodialysis machine. Dr. Ulan was part of an Edmonton team that, 50 years ago, made a national medical milestone: the first hemodialysis treatment for a patient with chronic renal failure.December 20, 2012
Finding hemo Doctor recalls bringing treatment for chronic renal failure to Canada

AHS volunteer co-ordinator for Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek poses with volunteers who stuffed stockings for local patients.December 18, 2012
Santa's elves have been spotted Stockings being stuffed for patients in Pincher Creek.

Celebrating our Success 2012 & BeyondDecember 18, 2012
Celebrating our Success 2012 & Beyond Employees, physicians and volunteers of AHS raise the bar for improving patient care and health services

Ludwig Kusiak, the first person in Western Canada to undergo renal denervation, has his much-healthier blood pressure checked by his cardiologist Dr. Keysun Ranjbar of the CK Hui Heart Centre at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton.December 14, 2012
Surgery dials down blood pressure Edmonton first in West to offer groundbreaking procedure

Dr. Gavin Parker points to the LifePak 15, a mobile defibrillator, the purchase of which was made possible through funds raised by a marathon hockey game in Pincher Creek and a donation from the Windy Slopes Health Foundation.December 12, 2012
Skating on solid foundation 24-hour hockey game scores a hat trick for health

Physiotherapy student Hilary McDermott takes the blood pressure and pulse of Paul Parsons before he begins his workout at Foothills Medical Centre.December 12, 2012
Cardiac patients feeling gym dandy Exercise program ‘give us all a sense of camaraderie’

Dr. Justin Ezekowitz, right,
        shows Gus Schroeder and his wife Lina a new iPhone app, Med-HF, that helps physicians quickly determine with precision
        the type and dosage of medicine to help heart failure patients like Gus feel better faster.December 7, 2012
New iPhone app keeps up the beat In-depth advice on heart-failure meds now at doctors’ fingertips

Minister Horne, Premier Redford, and Donald KayeDecember 5, 2012
Kaye Edmonton Clinic a one-stop shop for outpatient services Facility made possible by one-time $30-million donation

Doctors and patientNovember 30, 2012
Experimental treatment may save baby's life AHS doctors perform Canada's first liver cell infusion

Dr. Maitland and Romel RaffinNovember 28, 2012
Minimally invasive heart valve procedure an Alberta first Repairs done without cutting through breastbone

Blood sugars under control.November 19, 2012
Blood sugars under control New protocol shortens hospital stays for diabetic patients

Cardiac health in Alberta appears to be improving: study.November 19, 2012
Powerful diagnostic tool to benefit children New technology provides better images of developing brains

Cardiac health in Alberta appears to be improving: study.November 16, 2012
Heartening development Cardiac health in Alberta appears to be improving: study

Dr. Cory Toth examines patient Leslie Bonenfant, whose quality of life was restored through the use of new drug for diabetic nerve pain. November 14, 2012
Quicker ticker fixer ASPIRE program repairs heart with no hospital stay

Dr. Cory Toth examines patient Leslie Bonenfant, whose quality of life was restored through the use of new drug for diabetic nerve pain. November 7, 2012
Drug offers new pain management therapy for diabetics Clinical trial studied 60 patients suffering from nerve pain

Delta RempelNovember 6, 2012
Gift from the heart, for the heart 150 defibrillators being distributed to facilities across Alberta

mental health kits

November 2, 2012
Kit promotes mental wellness among junior high students
New resource used in curriculum throughout Edmonton Zone

Bessie turns 100

November 2, 2012
Happy birthday, indeed!
AHS helps daughter wish mom happy 100th.


David Minchin places a stethoscope on a model of a heart as pediatric cardiologist Dr. Yashu Coe looks on

October 23, 2012
Cardiologist develops new stent
New system could revolutionize how blood vessels are opened

Whiteboards in patient rooms provide peace of mind.

October 22, 2012
Stollery moves in ‘write’ direction
Whiteboards in patient rooms provide peace of mind


Dawn Hersey, left, watches her son, Brandon McMeckan, work with AHS registered dietitian Janelle Stefanyk

October 19, 2012
New pediatric weight clinic
Specialists help families make healthy lifestyle changes



October 18, 2012
Redevelopment projects finalized
Improvements slated for Lethbridge, Medicine Hat hospitals

October 17, 2012
Pediatric brain-tumor clinic
Pediatric brain-tumour clinic a 'home base' for families


80 years of Libin.

October 16, 2012
Book takes history to heart
Authors chart 80-year story of Alberta cardiac institute


Complemenatary therapy.

October 15, 2012
AHS seeks best supplements
Patient uses yoga and meditation to ‘erase the pain’


Edmonton boy on a roll after referral to pediatric epilepsy clinic

October 11, 2012
Back on ’board
Edmonton boy on a roll after referral to epilepsy clinic


Drug trial

October 10, 2012
Breakthrough stroke drug...
Clinical trial has potential to be ‘a major leap forward’


AHS public health nurse Miriam Bowes

October 5, 2012
Top marks for public nurses
Grande Prairie high school students benefit from on-campus resource


Every day, and in all areas of the province, significant progress is being made toward building a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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