Investments in local hospital to improve healthcare delivery

July 21, 2021

Rural Health Facilities Revitalization Program funding to support emergency department upgrades

DRAYTON VALLEY — More than $650,000 will be spent on Emergency Department (ED) triage desk renovations at the Drayton Valley Hospital and Care Centre thanks to the Alberta government’s Rural Health Facilities Revitalization Program (RHFRP).

The renovations will include a complete redesign and renovation of the ED triage area to improve operational efficiency and patient safety. Work on the ED renovations is expected to begin in the coming years and more detailed timelines will be shared once the project is underway.

“All Albertans, no matter where they live, deserve and need access to our world-class health system, and they need it close to where they live,” says Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health. “This revitalization project helps make that a reality, and is part of our commitment to manage and improve health infrastructure and services across Alberta.”

The government’s $50-million commitment to the Rural Health Facilities Revitalization Program supports AHS to complete infrastructure projects over the next three years at rural sites, such as the Drayton Valley Hospital and Care Centre.

“The community is pleased to have this investment in health care,” says Mark Smith MLA for Drayton Valley–Devon. “Investments like this one will make sure that the facility can deliver safe, efficient emergency care in Drayton Valley, when members of the community or their loved ones are sick or injured.”

A further $3.8 million of government funding has recently supported other upgrades at the local hospital and care centre, including repairs to the roof, boilers, sidewalk, elevator and updates to the nurse call system.   

“Projects like these help maintain our facilities and ensure our patients receive quality care in the best environments,” says Dr. Verna Yiu, President and CEO of AHS. “So it is vital we keep our health care infrastructure current and up to date.”

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.