City supports health foundation
Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 11:28 am
We are glad to see the Airdrie Health Foundation (AHF) receive $20,000 in funding from the City. (See story on page 12).
We don’t think anyone (except maybe the Alberta Health Services) would disagree that Airdrie needs 24-hour health care for to its residents.
With 50,000 residents in the city and many more in surrounding communities, it is hard to argue there is no need for after-hours health care coverage.
It is great to see the municipality supporting the cause even if the Province has decided the number of patients that would use a 24-hour facility in Airdrie is “below the threshold to accommodate a new facility.”
Anyone who has careened down the snowy highway while in labour, had a sick child in the middle of the night or fallen and broken a bone after 11 p.m. knows there is a need, not only to provide health care services to Airdrie and area residents but to take the burden off Calgary services that are stretched to their limit.
$20,000 will not build a new hospital but it is just one of the dozens of steps AHF is taking to improve health care in the community.
Attracting and retaining doctors to clinics in Airdrie will give residents a place to go when they are ill but not in need of emergency care.
Creating a multipurpose health facility with clinics, testing capabilities, a lab and some emergency services is a brilliant way to combine services and save money.
It is these grassroots solutions that will ensure Airdrie gets the 24-hour health care services residents want and deserve. It will take time but we are confident it will happen.