Woodlands County Council has thrown its support behind the Town of Whitecourt for a proposed expansion to the Whitecourt Healthcare Centre.
The Town requested a letter of support from County Council, as Whitecourt looks at possibly adding on to the healthcare centre to help it serve a growing population.
The letter, written by Mayor Maryann Chichak, says the Town is proposing a new 2-story building be constructed and renovations completed to the existing facility to accommodate more people. Chichak has met with the Alberta Minister of Health and Minister of Infrastructure to discuss making Whitecourt a service hub for more specialized health services. This delivery model would enhance services to people in this region and take the pressure off of urban healthcare facilities. The size and costs for construction have yet to be determined, but Whitecourt has confirmed its commitment and willingness to partner in the project by providing 2.4 acres of land valued at approximately $1 million.
The Ministers asked that Whitecourt gather letters of support from neighbouring communities on the proposed building concept, with no financial commitment required at this time.
Woodlands County Mayor John Burrows said the County is happy to support the initiative.
The Whitecourt Healthcare Centre was built in 1966 to service a population of about 2000 people. Last year, the healthcare centre saw over 15,000 patients visit the emergency room, making it the busiest site in the healthcare neighbourhood, according to Chichak’s letter.