Proposed Sylvan Lake care centre gets new name

Sylvan Lake’s proposed Urgent Care Centre is tweaking its name but the mission remains unchanged.

Sylvan Lake’s proposed Urgent Care Centre is tweaking its name but the mission remains unchanged.

The community-led committee has tirelessly pursued a health facility that would offer seven-day service with extended hours, medical care for non-life-threatening injuries, examination and observation spaces and access to laboratory and X-ray services.

However, it has become clear over time that urgent care centre — nor the less comprehensive designation of family care clinic — did not fit the province’s definition of those facilities.

Instead, Ambulatory Care Centre — Sylvan Lake Area will be the new name.

“The name is not important,” said committee chairperson Susan Samson. “What I want to reassure all of our partners is that we have never deviated away from the things we’ve said will have to be the core services in any facility in Sylvan Lake.

“We’ve always said that is the bare minimum that we needed and we’re not moving away from that, we’re not giving any of that up.”

The committee’s pursuit of a facility to serve the Sylvan Lake area, including outlying communities Bentley, Benalto and Eckville, has been making steady progress.

Paperwork to form a non-profit corporation is near complete and will be filed within the next few days.

Work to build a detailed business case, which will identify the location, space required, services provided and operational costs for an ambulatory care clinic, continues and is expected to be completed by the end of September.

Beginning next week, meetings with Alberta Health to go over the application process will begin, followed by sessions with other interested stakeholders, such as doctors, the Primary Care Network, Family and Social Services, Alberta Health Services, police and community groups.

Samson wants to maintain momentum while the province is supportive. Last month, the Alberta government set aside $45 million in funding for Family Care Clinics that could also be used for an Ambulatory Care Clinic. Nine communities are known to be in the running for funding help.

Health Minister Fred Horne has also proven a supporter of Sylvan Lake’s efforts, said Samson.

Meanwhile, the community continues to show its support. The Spirit of Sylvan Yuletide Festival presented $12,000 towards the care clinic project. About $45,000 has now been raised through Tim Hortons and other community donors and will be used to provide extra medical equipment.

pcowley@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Alberta hiring more paramedics and buying new ambulances, none for Red Deer

Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer is not concerned the provincial government didn’t… Continue reading

‘My nightmare began again’: Close call as bus carrying Humboldt crash survivor rear-ended

CALGARY — A terrifying ordeal for Humboldt Broncos survivor Ryan Straschnitzki this… Continue reading

Halifax airport operations normalize after Boeing 747 runway overshoot

HALIFAX — The Halifax Stanfield International Airport has resumed normal operations a… Continue reading

Bentley family left without a home grateful for community support

Central Albertans are coming together to support a Bentley family left homeless… Continue reading

Red Deer RCMP ready for new mandatory alcohol screening law

Red Deer RCMP are ready to enforce a new law intended to… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer and District Kennel Club Dog Show at Westerner Park

The Red Deer and District Kennel Club is holding a dog show… Continue reading

Pence aide out of running to be Trump’s next chief of staff

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s top pick to replace chief of staff… Continue reading

Swath of South faces wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain… Continue reading

‘I killed my best friend’: Opioids’ fatal grip on mayor, pal

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old,… Continue reading

Brothers, 20, face second-degree murder charge in death of teen: police

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Police west of Toronto say two brothers have been… Continue reading

A young mayor, his friend, and a fatal attraction to opioids

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old,… Continue reading

GM fights to retain key tax credit amid plant closing plans

WASHINGTON — General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit… Continue reading

TTC union asks provincial government to step in on transition to Presto

TORONTO — The union representing transit workers in Canada’s most populous city… Continue reading

Small pot growers find roadblocks on path to microcultivation licences

Yan Boissonneault’s daughter was turning blue. Without warning, his baby had stopped… Continue reading

Most Read