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Doors open on renovated palliative care rooms in Cold Lake

February 24, 2020

COLD LAKE – The Cold Lake Healthcare Centre unveiled its two newly renovated palliative care rooms this morning at a grand opening celebration attended by staff and special guests.

Designed to be a comforting space for seriously ill patients and their families, the modernized rooms are located on the third floor of the healthcare centre and have been updated with home-like furnishings, including a sofa, comfortable chairs and custom built desks to fit the space. Each room also has a Smart TV, allowing patients and families to connect with loved ones near and far via video chat.

“These renovations are helping us improve the care we provide to patients and their families,” says site manager Catherine Garon. “These modernized rooms provide a soothing and comforting space for end-of-life care.”

Every year, about 40 patients use the centre’s two palliative care beds, which serve the city of Cold Lake and surrounding communities.

The renovations were completed at the end of Dec. 2019 and cost $30,000, funded by a $15,000 donation from the Cold Lake Palliative Care Society and a $15,000 donation from Hearts for Healthcare. Other contributions included supplies, décor and services – electrical upgrading and painting – provided by several local businesses and AHS Facilities Maintenance & Engineering.

“This is a great example of community support and collaboration,” says Cindy Harmata, Senior Operating Officer – Rural Health East (Areas 5-8, Program & Performance Acute, Allied and Seniors). “We are so thankful for this community’s ongoing support of healthcare services in the Lakeland region.”

Palliative care is any form of medical care or treatment that concentrates on reducing the severity of disease symptoms rather than striving to halt, delay, or reverse progression of the disease itself or provide a cure. The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and to improve quality of life for patients facing serious, complex illness.

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. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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Amelia Schofield
AHS Communications
403-341-8625