AACS receives funding from Red Deer County for life saving equipment

Red Deer County approved funding for $35,000 to AACS

Red Deer County Council approved funding the Advanced Ambulatory Care Services (AACS) at its most recent meeting for the purchase of medical equipment.

Council approved the funding to the tune of $35,000.

Susan Samson, chair of the AACS Board, was present at Council’s April 24 meeting and gave further information about what the funding would be used for.

The funds would be used to purchase life-saving equipment. Specifically a type of defibrillator which will assist with the resuscitation and stabilization of patients in life-threatening condition.

The motion was passed unanimously by Red Deer County Council. Red Deer County Mayor Jim Wood said the council recognizes important ventures that will benefit the entire region, not just Sylvan Lake.

Wood also believes the AACS facility, which will be located in the Sylvan Lake Community Health Centre, will help to relieve pressure on the overtaxed Red Deer Regional Hospital.

According to the information package given to Council, the AACS community had originally asked for $31,600. The Board will also be making a similar request to Lacombe County.

The committee behind AACS has been able to raise more than $200,000 through various fundraising means. The funds raised for the AACS will be used to equip the new facility, beyond what is being spent by Alberta Health Services to build it.

The Province is also providing $2.1 million annually for operating costs.

Red Deer County has been generous with funding different venture in the past as well. In the last year the County also provided $40,000 for the Delburne Medical Centre in May 2017 and $36,000 to STARS Air Ambulance in January 2017. Red Deer County also provides annual funding to the Festival of Trees, which benefits the hospital in Red Deer.

A slight delay has moved the expected opening date from the end of May to June 4. The board members are hoping to have the grand opening of the AACS on June 19, pending the approval of the Health Minister, Sarah Hoffman.



megan.roth@sylvanlakenews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

New market opens in downtown Ponoka

Makkinga Market had a soft opening showcasing many of the different foods in store

Ponoka council challenged on payments on new building

Resident continues worries the town is paying over $94,000 per month on something it may never own

Plan to pump into Gull Lake won’t happen in 2019

Two-stage filter process to be evaluated by Alberta Environment

Remember When: A photo of the 1903 Ponoka Presbyterian Church

The building would late become the sight of the Ponoka United Church

Ponoka County denies rezoning over road responsibility issue

Application to parcel off land shot down by council due mainly to lack of access

UK lawmakers reject Brexit deal in 432-202 vote

House of Commons votes against the deal struck between Britain’s government and the EU

B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

John Savage pleads guilty to manslaughter

Sentenced to 7 years for Stettler murder

Kentucky canoe outfit borrows photo of Trudeau family to market business

They are in a red canoe, all clad in life jackets, and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and Ella-Grace are waving

UPDATE: Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

UPDATED UCP MLA cries foul after brick thrown through office window

UPDATED St. Paul MLA Dave Hanson says ‘Over-the-top NDP rhetoric’ not based in reality

Theresa May wins no-confidence vote after Brexit deal rejection

UK PM can keep her job, after House of Commons voted 325-306

Alberta doctor accused of sexual assault asked to voluntarily give up practice

College says Dr. Barry Wollach should discontinue his practice, given the seriousness of the allegation against him

Red Deerians can weigh in on proposed Bighorn Country investment tonight

Telephone town hall takes place 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Most Read