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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

I believe the second half of one's life is meant to be better than the first half. The first half is finding out how you do it. And the second half is enjoying it.

Frances Lear

Three Covenant facilities provide care to Fort McMurray patients and residents

May 03, 2016

The patients forced to flee the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre because of wildfires have been flown to Edmonton and are being triaged at the Edmonton International Airport. From there they are being transported to area health care facilities, where they are receiving the care they need. Some patients are settled and others will be making their way to the area facilities throughout the day.

All the hospitals in the Edmonton zone quickly mobilized to find room for the 73 patients and 32 continuing care residents.

The Grey Nuns and Misericordia have accepted approximately a dozen patients so far and expect to receive more throughout the day. Both sites have physicians and care staff ready to receive and admit the patients as they arrive.

The Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre has also welcomed 14 residents and care staff this morning and made them feel welcome.

It took a lot of coordination in a short amount of time, but for Lisa Jensen, Corporate Director of Integrated Access who helped coordinate the bed availability at the two acute care sites, there is no question the extra work is worth it.

"You don't think twice when you are called to help in a situation like this, says Lisa. “I am so proud of how everyone responded to the call for help. Thank you to everyone who has come together to help and those who will do so in the days and hours ahead."

"We are happy to help the provincial efforts any way we can,” says Jon Popowich, Command Chief, Covenant Health Emergency Operations Centre. “The dedication and can do attitude of our staff makes my job easier. It is quite remarkable how quickly everyone came together to help those impacted by this terrible crisis, we know it will be long road ahead."

Popowich says as evacuees move south, we expect that some will make their way to our facilities on their own to receive the medical attention and support they and their families need. We are ready to do everything we can do support the people of Fort McMurray