Diagnostic imaging services at the Fort Macleod Health Centre will be bolstered by a new radiographic imaging system used to check bone structure and track the spread of cancer.
The $400,000 system will replace a 27-year-old unit that was nearing the end of its service life.
“This equipment ensures our staff has the tools they need to continue to serve their communities,” Alberta Health Services south zone vice-president Grant Walker said.
The government of Alberta has committed $209-million for maintenance projects, through the Infrastructure Maintenance Program, and $75-million for technology and equipment, all part of the province’s three-year health capital plan.
The Infrastructure Maintenance Program budget provides funding to cover the cost of repairs, upgrades, maintenance and replacement of building systems and building service equipment at 128 sites throughout the province.
The technology and equipment budget provides funding to replace and upgrade medical equipment and technology throughout the province.
“We are committing significant funds to replace and upgrade aging and obsolete medical equipment and technology,” Livingstone-Macleod MLA Evan Berger said. “Investing $400,000 to replace the Fort Macleod Health Centre’s radiographic imaging system exemplifies this government’s commitment to maintaining our health care facilities.”
Nearly $2.4-million is being invested in the constituency, which includes Blairmore, Claresholm, Crowsnest Pass, Nanton and Pincher Creek.
“A key benefit to our rural health centres is the ability to harness Alberta Health Services’s significant purchasing power,” Walker said. “We can achieve substantial savings in the cost of equipment purchases, maintenance and renovations.”