Work is underway at Olds Hospital and Care Centre to reduce the risk and spread of infection.
A $2-million medical device reprocessing upgrade will ensure medical devices are cleaned and sterilized properly, reducing the risk and spread of infections caused by viruses and other threats to staff and patients.
The project will also include renovations to improve workflow and equipment upgrades. Work is expected to be completed this summer.
Funding for the project comes from the Government of Alberta’s Rural Health Facilities Revitalization Program.
“Investments like these are an important part in ensuring Albertans have access to health-care facilities that are safe and secure; places that provide high-quality care when they or their loved ones are sick or injured,” said MLA for Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Nathan Cooper, in a statement.
A further $5.5 million of government funding is currently being spent on other ongoing upgrades at the health centre, including parking lot resurfacing, replacement of a cooling unit, roof repairs and a new nurse call system.
“The Olds Hospital and Care Centre plays a key role in the community’s well-being. It is vital we keep our healthcare infrastructure up-to-date, and projects like this help maintain our facilities and ensure our patients receive quality care in the best environments,” said Mauro Chies, interim Alberta Health Services (AHS) president and CEO.
AHS currently has about 540 maintenance projects underway throughout the province.
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