On July 27, the Government of Alberta announced the Peace River Community Health Centre is receiving around $2 million in medical device reprocessing renovations and upgrades. Health Minister Tyler Shandro made the announcement and says the funding will allow the hospital to do more surgeries. “Having centres like Peace River being a part of the surgical initiative and catching up, I think we still have 40,000 surgeries that ended up being postponed because of COVID, 15,000 left with 95 per cent of them booked. Peace River’s going to be a big part of making sure we can catch up, plus making sure we’re following through on a campaign commitment. . .” Shandro adds it is all part of the Rural Health Facilities Revitalization Program to complete infrastructure projects over the next three years at rural health care facilities. Peace River MLA Dan Williams says the announcement is another example of the province investing into improving health care access in the region. “This tells a story that rural Alberta is important for access to health. Because of these investments.” In the photo, left-right, are Will Petluk, Peace River Hospital administrator Sandra Herritt, Dr. Lundgard, MLA Williams, Shandro, Lynn Gaydosh, and Greg Cummings, AHS chief zone officer of the Northern Zone.