High River Hospitals services will be restored
| Posted: Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 12:23 pm
High River General Hospital is returning to full operations. We are ramping up to return all pre-flood health services to the High River Hospital, including long-term care beds, in-patient beds, obstetrics, surgery and the emergency department.
This week we began re-opening all of the permanent pre-flood long-term care hospital beds, and we will have a bed for every long term care resident who wants to return to the hospital.
Urgent Care services have been in place for several weeks now and vital programs like public health, mental health and addiction, and home care are now temporarily housed at the hospital to ensure these services are readily available. These programs needed to be relocated to the hospital due to flood damage to the buildings where they were operating.
There will be no reduction in beds in High River. In fact, there will be 80 more continuing care beds in High River in 2014.
Next spring we will be adding even more beds for residents of High River and surrounding communities with the opening of the 105-bed Sunrise Village supportive living project.
Meanwhile, Alberta Health Services has continued to provide primary care services throughout the flood and its aftermath.
Public health and mental health teams have been on the ground and in the community from the start to support residents. Staff has been available at the Welcome Centre, there have been roving mental health teams who have met with High River residents in the locations they have been living, including motels and hotels in the community – they have met with people on the street and they have stopped by locations where residents are working to salvage their properties.
Health services, patients and residents were relocated to nearby communities, clinics were rescheduled and care continued to be delivered when and where it was needed.
Local physicians continue to see patients at the hospital while work is underway to restore the Charles Clark Medical Centre.
Rest assured, AHS remains focused on the task at hand: restoring all health services to High River General Hospital. This work lies at the heart of what we do.
Again, thank you for your patience and support as we work together to recover from the flooding and restore all health services to High River.
Dr. Francois Belanger,
Senior Vice President and Zone Medical Director
Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services