Alberta Health Services has initiated an online survey to gauge our health needs in the Airdrie area! I haven't participated, but I plan to in the near future. Many of the folks hereabouts are focusing their efforts on the creation of a 24 hour urgent health care facility in Airdrie. That's a good start!
But while this is an admirable goal, it falls short of what this area around the City of Airdrie really needs - and that is a full fledged hospital! When I'm talking hospital, I'm not talking about a small hospital such as those we find in Three Hills, Drumheller or Didsbury. While these are wonderful facilities for the communities they serve, they fall short of what this area needs. I'm talking about a complete care facility - such as the general hospitals in Red Deer, Medicine Hat or Lethbridge - but one similar to the South Health Campus would be ideal.
I believe that Airdrie is the largest city in Alberta (and perhaps all of Canada) without a hospital! For any kind of serious health treatment, perhaps more than 100,000 people in the area have to scamper into Calgary, to wait in the already crowded health system and facilities, there! The good folks of Okotoks and Alderside now have a fantastic hospital facility - the South Health Campus - gradually opening up close to them at the southern edge of Calgary. We on the north side must be second class Albertans?
We need a similar facility, built somewhere immediately north or immediately south of the City of Airdrie.
I urge you all to participate in the health survey and let all of those who read the results know that we do not like being treated as second class Albertans!