Did you know? Just four years after the Wright brothers made their first flight, Stettler, Alberta’s Underwood brothers created a kite apparatus to take to the skies – and earn their own spot in aviation history.
Here in the “Heart of Alberta,” the landscape, like the history, is varied and rich. Located 179 kilometres southwest of Edmonton, 230 kilometres northeast of Calgary and 101 kilometres east of Red Deer, Stettler is positioned in a transitional area between fertile ranch land and desert, forest and foothills.
The town’s 5,089 residents have close ties to the land. The main industries in the area include farming and ranching, caring for grain crops, raising cattle, hogs, or poultry, or working with natural resources like oil and natural gas, coal, or sulfur.
Stettler is perfect for a growing family. Residents build a strong connection with each other, staying active and social through a number of community organizations, performing arts and cultural groups, sports and other activities. You can enjoy all the essential amenities, keep active skating and playing hockey at the local arena, stay fit at the fitness centre, or swim at the indoor pool. There are also accessible parks and playgrounds, a skate park, off-leash area and schools from kindergarten to grade 12, as well as Alberta Campus Central, a unique partnership between Olds College and Red Deer College that brings a range of programs to the community.
A favorite activity of many is taking a ride on a vintage steam train from Stettler to nearby Big Valley - where you’ll enjoy scenic landscapes, delicious food, and on some days, a re-enactment of a wild west train robbery. Annual events and celebrations of all sorts give residents plenty to do throughout the year. From Art Walk and the Show and Shine, to the Flying Club’s Fly-in Breakfast, there are activities and celebrations that welcome young and old alike.
The Stettler Hospital & Care Centre is a fully accredited 116 bed multi-level facility, with a 24-hour emergency department. The facility has 26 acute care beds for a variety of patients, including pediatric, medical, surgical, obstetrical, and ambulatory care. Diagnostics imaging and laboratory services, rehabilitative services, including occupational and physical therapy, as well as addiction and mental health services are provided at the hospital.
The Auxiliary Hospital and Nursing Home, with a total of 90 long term care beds, provides nursing care, rehabilitation, nutrition, and pharmaceutical services to residents. Day support and respite care is available for community referrals.
The fully staffed radiology, ultrasound, laboratory, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and recreation therapy departments boast the latest in available training and equipment. Additionally, there is a six chair renal dialysis unit which functions as a satellite unit of the Northern Alberta Renal Program.
Healthcare professionals have the opportunity to work with a wide range of patients and health concerns, from infants to seniors. Working in a rural setting provides the opportunity to work to your full scope of practice. Moreover, there are opportunities to further your practice and professional career through internal training courses and external training, conferences, or seminars that support professional development.
Find your balance between work and life - spend more time on what means the most to you! Enjoy a more relaxed pace, with everything you need available within a short drive. The smaller community setting provides the opportunity to get to know your colleagues and patients personally, as you work as part of a collaborative healthcare team. Your well-being, and that of your family is supported, through wellness initiatives, an emphasis on work-life balance, and comprehensive benefits, both at work and away from it.