The Province say it has surpassed the $50-million mark in spending for long-awaited repairs to several facilities at Alberta healthcare facilities and hospitals.
The latest round of spending is part of a $131-million plan unveiled in its last budget.
Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says it’s important to highlight the upgrades, which she believes were put on the back-burner by the former PC government.
“We don’t often do ribbon cuttings when you’re doing something like replacing a room for a boiler,” says Hoffman. “but they are just as critical to making sure we have great infrastructure as building a new building.
Many of the upgrades are going to keep facilities in smaller communities up and running. And AHS President and CEO Verna Yiu says those communities in particular are feeling more involved in the process.
“The type of excitement that we see when we go to the different areas is actually quite profound.” says Yiu. “They feel very proud that money is being invested they know that their site going to be better off in the long run, and we actually are quite purpouseful about getting their input when it comes to down to restructuring.”
Hoffman says the province’s health care facilities need about $700-million worth of repairs, something they will continue to chip away at over the next five years. (ms, scb, News Talk 770)