Clarity on hospital renos

Dear Editor,

Thank you for covering the exciting news of the renovation project for Stettler Hospital and Care Centre.

We wanted to provide some clarity and additional information on the project.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) shares the Stettler Hospital Foundation’s excitement about the phased project, and we look forward to continuing to work with the foundation to move the project forward.

As with many renovation projects at AHS facilities, the funding for the renovation project comes from the Infrastructure Maintenance Program (IMP).

AHS, Alberta Health and Alberta Infrastructure work together to identify which renovation projects will receive IMP funding.

Renovation of priority areas of the Stettler Hospital will be completed in phases over the next three years, with AHS receiving a total of $9.3 million in IMP funding.

The Stettler Hospital Foundation has committed $250,000 for part of the project.

They have also committed to doing more fundraising, for which we are extremely grateful.

Projects are prioritized based on feedback from site administration, staff, and the community, including foundations.

Eighteen user groups were engaged to review the current use of space and priority areas identified for improvement were the Emergency Department, Labour and Delivery and the facility’s kitchen.

This project has been undertaken to meet AHS’ priorities of increased access and improved quality of service.

It will achieve improved safety, access and flow, and privacy and confidentiality, for the benefit of patients, the public, physicians, staff and volunteers.

Existing space will be optimized for best value and renovations will mitigate patient impact as much as possible.

To achieve this, renovations will be completed in phases: Phase 1 starts near the end of 2018 with the cafeteria being reduced to half its size. The cafeteria will be reworked but will continue to be operational while undergoing renovations and construction of a pharmacy.

Phase 2 starts in early spring 2019. This is the construction of the Labour and Delivery department.

Phase 3 starts late 2019/early 2020 and includes the Emergency Department renovation which includes a new entrance in front of the building which improves the emergency department’s visibility, accessibility, security and workflow.

A new kitchen will be completed last.

Allan Sinclair, Senior Operating Officer,

Alberta Health Services, Central Zone

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