We want to build
These simple words represent Alberta Health Services’ approach to health care
delivery: we are with you to help you stay well, and we are here for you when
you need care. Your health care needs, and the needs of your loved ones, drive
everything we do each and every day.
With You. For You.
“Diagnosed with a brain tumour one day, and
have it operated on three days later, and be
fully recovered within a couple months, I am still
amazed to this day.” – Don Holmes of Spruce Grove
That’s why we’re working toward building a
sustainable health care system that improves care
in three key areas: improving patient experience
and quality of care; improving health outcomes;
and improving value for money.
A transformation of health care delivery is
underway, with a focus on building a strong,
integrated community and primary health care
foundation to deliver appropriate, accessible and
seamless care. AHS aims to continue meeting your
needs wherever you live in the province.
We want to improve
We want to focus on
Your health care experience starts with the
health care needs of you and your family.
Accessing the health care system can be complex. We are
working to streamline access and help you and your family
know where to turn when you need care.
You have options. Family Care Clinics. Primary Care Networks.
Urgent Care Clinics. Emergency Departments.
Simplifying the health system means, among other things,
allowing patients to get all of the care they need in or around
We are pursuing a model of care that eliminates or reduces the
need to see specialists at different locations throughout the
community. This one-stop-shop approach simplifies the health
system and reduces the time patients wait to see their health
Patient navigators are another solution; they help prepare
patients for what’s ahead and help patients and families access
the care and support they need.
Strategic Clinical Networks are also developing care pathways
– clear treatment plans for injuries, ailments and conditions so
that patients fully understand what’s ahead.
You don’t like long waits and neither do we. Alberta Health
Services is using a multi-pronged strategy to reduce wait times
across the system. We’re building new facilities, adding more
beds, hiring more staff and eliminating inefficiencies.
We are listening to you. We are working with our communities
to hear your voice, and to ensure our actions are guided by
what we hear from our partners and our communities.
We need your input: tell us what you think, get involved, be a
part of defining your health care system.
There is power in taking part.