Southern Alberta: Alberta Health Services is expanding the Rural Surgical Program in five southern Alberta communities effective April first..
The existing Rural Surgical Program in Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Cardston, Taber and Brooks will be expanded to offer between eight and 10 more surgical days per month across the five communities. Surgical procedures such as endoscopy, low-risk orthopedic, podiatry, and general surgeries including gall bladder, laproscopic and hernias are part of the Rural Surgical Program.
While in Lethbridge for the Caucus tour Thursday, Health Minister Gene Zwozdesky stated, “Through stable funding provided by our Government, Alberta Health is expanding access to important surgeries in communities across the province." “This will help ensure that Albertans have timely access to more health care". Zwozdesky also said, "It demonstrates the action we are taking to fulfill commitments in our 5-Year Health Action Plan, which is focusing on 50-key performance measures".
Alberta Health Services Board Chair, Ken Hughes, adds, “While this expansion will provide greater access to surgeries for people living in southern Alberta, it may also help other Albertans waiting for these types of surgeries,” Hughes said.
Surgical blocks of time in the rural health centres will first be offered to surgeons who work within the South Zone of AHS. Surgical blocks not booked by local surgeons will be offered to Calgary surgeons who have patients willing to travel.
This initiative will cost about $740,000 annually, including equipment, supplies and training. The goal is to increase surgeries by sharing resources equitably in all five communities and to ensure quality service delivery, said Dr. Vanessa Maclean, Medical Affairs Director, South Zone. “Where possible, we’ll look at clustering similar surgeries so we can maximize our resources and minimize duplication of equipment. We already have excellent surgical programs in all five of these communities so we want to focus on improving utilization and standardizing our processes.”
Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 12/12/2013 5:14:59 PM
Source: Alberta Health News Release With Comments To Country 95 News