Calgary Improves Access To Front-Line Health Care

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An injection of $5.1 million by the Alberta government for innovative health care at the new Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre in Calgary will improve access to family physicians and address population growth pressures and workforce challenges facing the region.

The funding will support the development of an innovative community health clinic and improve access to front-line care with physicians and other health care providers working together as a team to provide a broad range of integrated services.

“Everyone knows the province is facing capacity pressures and shortages of health care providers,” said Ron Liepert, Minister of Health and Wellness. “The innovative nature of this project allows us to address both of these critical areas at the same time.”

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In addition to integrating various programs on one site - providing patients increased coordination and integration of care - the clinic will offer the opportunity to pilot innovative approaches to further increase access to care. It will also help train and attract new family physicians who will work with a variety of other health professionals.

This capital funding is over and above original allocations identified in the 2008-09 Health and Wellness budget. Construction on the 8th floor location is expected to be completed in the summer of 2009.

“This project will further enhance this vibrant health facility by promoting opportunities for the integration of health services and allowing healthcare providers to better work together to diagnose and treat patients,” said Ken Hughes, Chair of the Alberta Health Services Board.

Providing quality health services to Albertans is part of Premier Ed Stelmach’s plan to secure Alberta’s future.