Valleyview Health Centre evacuated and temporarily closed

May 16, 2023

VALLEYVIEW — To ensure the safety of all patients and staff, the Valleyview Health Centre is temporarily closed due to wildfire activity in the area.

As of approximately 8:00 p.m. May 15, Alberta Health Services (AHS) and our EMS partners safely evacuated the final patients and long-term care residents from the Valleyview Health Centre in response to an evacuation order issued due to the current wildfire risk.

Patients and residents were evacuated and are being cared for in care facilities in Edmonton and Calgary Zones.

AHS continues to contact families of loved ones to share patient and resident location information. Where possible, staff and physicians have accompanied patients and residents to alternative sites to ensure care continuity.

The Valleyview Health Centre will remain closed until it is safe to reopen. If you have an emergency, please call 911. EMS resources remain in the area to provide support to those who need.
All appointments with laboratory services, diagnostic imaging, mental health and public health in Valleyview are postponed at this time. Clients will be contacted directly by AHS to be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Patients who require hemodialysis are being accommodated at other facilities, and home care clients impacted by the evacuation have been contacted to arrange for alternative home visits and support from nursing teams.

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. Our mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans. Our current focus is on reducing emergency department wait-times, improving EMS response times, increasing access to surgeries, and improving patient flow.