Temporary reduction in acute care beds at Rocky Mountain House Health Centre, beginning July 5

July 4, 2021

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE – A temporary shortage of Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) has prompted the need to temporarily reduce the number of acute care beds at the Rocky Mountain House Health Centre, beginning July 5.

Twenty-seven of the site’s 33 beds will remain open until safe staffing levels are stabilized, which is anticipated to be about one month.

Patient care will not be affected as the site has sufficient capacity at this time. With the reduction of staffed beds, there is still space for additional patients as needed.

This is a temporary measure only, and a last resort, while we continue every effort to fill nursing vacancies, and look forward to reopening the beds when safe staffing levels are reached.

The Emergency Department remains open, and there is enough bed availability to ensure admissions will continue. There are no other service disruptions at the site. Patients presently in hospital will continue to receive safe, high quality care.

We would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding during this time.

Residents are reminded to call Health Link at 811, which is available 24/7 for non-emergency health-related questions.

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.