IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT the AUMA urge Government of Alberta to consider reinstating the Red Deer Regional Hospital to the capital priorities list as identified in the 2015 Capital Submission for the purpose of ensuring timely and accessible health service equity for the citizens of the Central Zone.
WHEREAS the Municipal Government Act charges municipalities to provide and sustain a good quality of life for all citizens;
WHEREAS health care is an essential quality of life marker for citizens;
WHEREAS the Red Deer Regional Hospital plays an essential role within Alberta Health Services and the Central Alberta zone as a primary health service provider for our citizens and regional population;
WHEREAS Red Deer Regional Hospital is the fourth busiest hospital in ALL of Alberta and the busiest referral hospital in All of Alberta;
WHEREAS Red Deer has immediate access to over 81 per cent of Alberta's 4 million population within a two hour drive and is a commercial and industrial hub with an immediate trade area of 271,000 people and thus the hospital services much more than a regional population;
WHEREAS in a December 2015 Needs Assessment of the Red Deer Regional Hospital, Alberta Health Services stated that:
“Programs which are operating either at or beyond capacity within the Central Zone have been targeted, analyzed and described in this Needs Assessment.
These programs are as follows:
- Interventional and Procedural Services
- Ambulatory Care Services
- Emergency Services
- Addiction and Mental Health Services
- Cardiac Science Services
- Clinical Support Services
- Maternal Child Services
- Non-clinical Support Services
WHEREAS Red Deer Regional Hospital was previously identified in Government of Alberta infrastructure priorities as the 4th in a list of 17 priorities;
WHEREAS in the 2016 Alberta Health Services Multi-Year Facility Infrastructure Capital Submission, the Red Deer Regional Hospital is no longer identified in the list of priorities and was excluded from capital funding;
WHEREAS strong community, physician and Red Deer Regional Hospital Foundation support for capital hospital expansion in the Central Zone has been identified;
WHEREAS 56% of the Hospital’s patients consistently ARE NOT FROM RED DEER;
WHEREAS there is a 50-60% higher mortality rate in the Central Zone due to transportation and rehabilitation issues; and
WHEREAS a fully functional Red Deer Regional Hospital benefits all Albertans.
 Alberta Health Services Needs Assessment: Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre Service & Program Expansion, December `2015
 Alberta Health Services 2015 Multi-Year Facility Infrastructure Capital Submission, July 13, 2015
 2016 Multi-Year Facility Infrastructure Capital Submission, December 2016
- A letter enclosing the resolution has been forwarded to the Minister responsible. Once AUMA receives a response, further action will be taken as required.