A new community health centre opens next week in Lacombe, bringing many services under one roof.
Over the coming days, a wide array of public health, addiction and mental health services will move from their current locations to the new Lacombe Community Health Centre, 4580 46th St.
Community health programs – such as immunization clinics, pre- and post-natal support, home care and children’s rehabilitation services – will be closed Monday at the Provincial Building as staff and equipment are moved.
Programs will resume operation Wednesday at the new centre.
Addiction and mental health services – including seniors outreach nurses, adult and youth addiction services, and adult and youth therapy – will close their office in Parkland Place on Monday in order to move, and will reopen in the new space on Thursday.
“Bringing our community health-care providers under one roof will be a great benefit for patients and staff, allowing for easier collaboration to provide the best care possible,” says Kimberley Sommerville, the Lacombe and Bentley area manager for Alberta Health Services’ central zone.
“This new, larger space also provides us room to grow in the future, which will help ensure we are able to continue to meet the needs of our community in the long term.”
Chief zone officer Janice Stewart says consolidating and streamlining these services will enhance community-based care.
“Our goal is to help residents be healthy and stay healthy – and this new community health centre will help us do just that,” Stewart says, adding the centre provides additional space for improved patient privacy, better accessibility and room for future growth.
As health services are relocated, the city will repurpose space in the Provincial Building.