Drayton Valley council backs Red Deer hospital expansion

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
September 27, 2017 - 1:00pm Updated: September 27, 2017 - 1:47pm

Drayton Valley Town Council is voicing its support for the expansion of services at Red Deer Regional Hospital.

Mayor Glenn McLean received a letter in July from Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer requesting support in their effort to have the Alberta Government prioritize the expansion of Red Deer Regional Hospital services.

At their regular meeting on Wednesday, council approved the sending of a letter to the City of Red Deer showing their support.

Red Deer Regional Hospital is the province’s fourth-most referred to facility within Alberta Health Services and is one of the care facilities which Drayton Valley residents relies upon.

"Our citizens certainly use the Red Deer Hospital, it is a referral facility and because of that, becuase we weant our citizens well cared for, we are happy to send support to Mayor Veer's initiative," McLean explained. 

McLean also commented on the struggle Red Deer has faced in getting hospital improvements, adding that he hopes the letter helps bring attention to the issue. 

Last month, Sylvan Lake Town Council approved letters voicing it's support for the hospital expansion.

Earlier this month hundreds of central Albertans gathered in the Memorial Centre parking lot in Red Deer to voice their concerns about unfair and inequitable healthcare funding for the AHS Central Zone.

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