Alberta Health Services and the provincial government have not yet even identified any need for a new hospital in Airdrie!
They have identified the need to expand the Airdrie Regional Community Health Centre! Expansion of the Health Centre is a great start, but what about the desperately needed hospital?
In light of the current economic conditions and the state of the province's coffers, I didn't expect to see them digging a hole and putting in the foundation for the new hospital. But I did expect there to be something in the preliminary planning stages. I might have even thought that the province and the city would have scouted out a good spot for a hospital, and maybe even started the process to acquire the land.
Hospitals are expensive to build and operate. I don't expect to see one built in Airdrie in the near future. Now it appears the new Airdrie hospital has moved into never-never land!
Here we have a fast growing city with around 50,000 inhabitants, without a hospital - or even future plans for a hospital! Somebody has dropped the ball, here.