PR hospital gets medical device upgrades

Richard Froese
South Peace News

About $2 million will be spent at Peace River Community Health Centre to upgrade medical devices.

Funding from the Alberta government’s Rural Health Facilities Revitalization Program was announced July 27 in a news release on the Alberta Health Services website.

Peace River MLA Dan Williams says the project is vital for the local region.

“Rural communities help make our province thrive and grow,” Williams says.

“This lifesaving investment in the Peace River Community Health Centre will ensure residents continue to receive high-quality care for years to come.”

The medical device reprocessing renovations will further ensure medical devices used at the health centre are cleaned and sterilized properly to reduce the risk and spread of infections caused by viruses and other threats to staff and patients.

The project will include renovations to improve workflow and upgrade equipment.

Work on the MDR renovations is expected to begin in the coming months.

More detailed timelines will be announced when the project starts.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says the project reflects the government’s support to health services in rural regions.

“Alberta’s government remains committed to rural health care and the rural hospitals so many Albertans rely on every day,” Shandro says.

“Renovation projects are vital to modernizing smaller, rural facilities to ensure they offer the best and safest health services possible, in all corners of the province.”

AHS president Dr. Verna Yiu echoes those words.

“Projects like these help maintain our facilities and ensure our patients receive quality care in the best environments,” Yiu says. “

So it is vital we keep our healthcare infrastructure current and up to date.”

Revitalization program supports AHS to complete infrastructure projects over the next three years at its rural sites.

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