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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

I am even more deeply pleased if it has helped to encourage the young people that have followed our generation to express their pride in our heritage more openly, more joyfully than I would have ever dared to think possible.

Daphne Odjig

Killam redevelopment project transforms seniors care: Keeping couples together one of the highlights

August 08, 2016

August 9, 2016 –Today Covenant Health and the Honourable Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health, officially announced the $13-million redevelopment of the Killam Health Centre. The Killam Campus of Care for Seniors will be a 50-suite multi-level care facility that will meet the needs of Killam area residents.

The project will include renovation of the existing long-term care area of Killam Health Centre with 24,000 sq ft of new construction.

“This project will help our dedicated staff continue our  86-year legacy of compassionate care in Killam, “says Ed Stelmach, Covenant Health Board Chair. “The flexible design is key for serving rural communities. The campus will provide a home for people requiring different levels of care and helps couples stay together in the community where they have worked and raised their families, even if their care needs differ.”

“Creating continuing care facilities to serve Alberta communities well into the future is a priority for our government. With its adaptable design, the Killam Campus of Care for Seniors will allow residents to stay here as their needs change,” says Sarah Hoffman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.  “By investing in projects like this, we are committed to supporting choices for rural Alberta seniors who wish to age closer to their home communities.”

The design will add five more care spaces to serve the Killam area. Currently there are 45 semi-private and private rooms. The current design has shared baths and wheelchair accessible bathrooms in common areas. All 50 new suites will be large (350 sq ft) with private bathrooms that are fully accessible.

“We are pleased to provide greater service to Killam, working with our community board and municipal leaders to create a vibrant community of health and healing for our seniors,” says Patrick Dumelie, Covenant Health President and CEO. “The enhancements will provide our residents a place they can call home and be cared for with dignity.”

Construction will start in the fall 2016.

See The Vital Beat for a story on how the redevelopment will help keep couples together.

Contact 
Rayne Kuntz 
Covenant Health Communications
780.246.2523

Covenant Health is Canada's largest Catholic health care organization with over 15,000 physicians, employees and volunteers serving in 12 communities across Alberta. A major provider in Alberta's integrated health system, Covenant Health works with Alberta Health Services and community partners to positively influence the health of Albertans through a broad range of programs and services. Covenanthealth.ca

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Drawing of Killam Health Centre (PDF)
News Release (PDF)