Local residents appointed to Health Advisory Council

Fourteen Central Albertans were appointed to the local Health Advisory Council to gather feedback on health service delivery.

Fourteen Central Albertans were appointed to the local Health Advisory Council to gather feedback on health service delivery.

On Thursday, Alberta Health Services announced the names of 43 members who will sit on councils for Central Alberta, Edmonton and Calgary areas.

More than 250 people submitted their names to join the three councils.

Councils, developed to advise the provincial Alberta Health Services Board, will give the public the opportunity to provide input.

The councils replace 59 community health councils that operated under the nine former health regions.

Councils will provide feedback about what is working well within the health-care system and suggest areas for improvement and service delivery.

They will also consider quality and safety reports provided by Alberta Health.

Members of Health Advisory Council 9 (Central Alberta) include:

• Bruce Buruma and Stephane Perreault of Red Deer;

• Lou Soppit and Lance Houston of Rocky Mountain House;

• Clifford Watt of Sylvan Lake;

• Dawn Morrow of Innisfail;

• Stacey Carmichael of Blackfalds;

• Johana Stark of Ponoka;

• Leona Thorogood of Stettler;

• Gerald Ingeveld of Sundre;

• Dawna Elliot of Coronation;

• Randy Littlechild of Hobbema;

• Diana Rowe of Drumheller;

• Jeannette Vatter of Drayton Valley.

Members of the remaining nine councils to cover the rest of the province will be announced on Dec. 3.

Councils will hold their first meeting in the new year and will be expected to hold meetings four to six times a year.

Members will serve two- or three-year terms, depending on their availability.

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