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More Than $50 Million in Upgrades to Alberta Health Facilities Now Complete

Long-awaited repairs to hospitals, health centres and continuing care facilities are underway, with the province on track to meet its target for infrastructure maintenance projects in 2016.

IMP funding will be used at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre to get a new lighting system for the operating room.
IMP funding will be used at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre to get a new lighting system for the operating room.

Budget 2016/17 earmarked $131 million in maintenance projects for health-care facilities to ensure Albertans have a health care system they can depend on.

“It’s been an extremely busy time for construction crews at health facilities large and small. Many of these projects aren’t fancy but they are necessary and have been put off far too long. These are upgrades that need to happen so we can continue to deliver safe, reliable and quality health care to Alberta patients and their families.”

Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health 

 

Funding for the Infrastructure Maintenance Program (IMP) is provided directly to AHS to address maintenance needs throughout the province. AHS identifies its priorities in a three-year rolling plan, which is reviewed annually by Alberta Health and Alberta Infrastructure.

Funds are allocated each year through the Infrastructure Maintenance Program.  More than 600 health facility maintenance and renewal projects have been approved for funding.

“IMP funding is important for AHS to update and maintain our facilities. These projects have a direct benefit to patients, staff and visitors.”

Dr. Verna Yiu, President and CEO, AHS

 

All the approved projects are in various stages from design and procurement, to completion and testing.

Enhancements to the Capital Plan announced in Budget 2016 are estimated to add and sustain about 10,000 jobs over the next three years.

Quick facts

  • For the 2016-17 fiscal year, $131 million is committed towards more than 600 health facility maintenance and renewal projects across the province.
  • Over $55 million has been spent as of August 31st.

Examples of facility improvements completed so far this year:

  • Fort MacLeod Health Centre – $307,000
    • Repairs to Water system
    • Upgrades to fire alarm system
  • Ponoka Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury – $200,000
    • Roof repairs
  • Crowsnest Pass Health Centre – $240,000
    • Heating system
    • Boiler upgrades
  • Taber Health Centre – $1.3 million
    • Heating system
    • New parking lot
  • William J. Cadzow- Lac La Biche Healthcare Centre – $1.8 million
    • Chiller unit
    • Replacement of skylights
    • Upgrades to medical air systems

Projects currently underway include:

  • Sturgeon Community Hospital – $2 million
    • Laboratory renovations
    • Boiler system replacement
  • St. Therese-St. Paul Healthcare Centre – $2.8 million
    • Roof replacement
    • Repairs to Skylight
  • Boyle Healthcare Centre – $5 million
    • Replace a fire alarm system
    • Roofing repairs
    • Replace boilers
    • Upgrades to circulation pumps and controls
  • Wabasca/Desmarais Heathcare Centre – $3 million
    • New EMS station

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