It’s a little more of a rarity for the health-care industry but this week, Taber and Raymond residents will hear details about plans to make that a reality in their communities.
Both southern Alberta towns will host open houses, as Alberta Health Services and Alberta Infrastructure will announce the launch of spring projects which will bring a variety of health-care services under one roof in each community.
For Taber, a $9-million project will include the renovation of 26,000 square metres of space inside the Taber Health Centre, made available after long-term care was shifted from inside the hospital to the Good Samaritans facility, Lindenview.
Raymond’s project will cost $3.4 million, and will involve renovations to 1,100 square metres in the Raymond Health Centre. Speaking for the Taber project, Alberta Infrastructure’s Robert Storrier said the work will help bring together a new vision for the delivery of services.
“It will consolidate community health programs that are currently
located throughout Taber,” he said, as plans are to move the downtown
Associate Medical Clinic into the space at the hospital. “It will
bring acute care, continuing care, community-based health services and the physician clinic all under one roof.”
The purpose behind Raymond’s project is much the same, he added.
“I would think in both cases it’s about moving all the services into one area, meeting the needs of everyone in the community.”
Residents in Taber and Vauxhall will be able to examine the nuts and bolts of the proposal Friday from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A122 inside the Taber Health Centre. Storrier added public health, allied health and home care will also find a home inside the renovated health centre.
He mentioned a team has been working on functional programming and schematic design since May 2013.
A building plan and interior rendering boards will be displayed at the open house.
In Raymond, the open house there will take place from 4-6 p.m. Storrier said with both projects, construction is to start in the spring of 2014.