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Wednesday, 11 May 2011 14:08

Emergency generator adds safety to Health Centre

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Submitted by Alberta Health Services
A new $400,000 emergency generator will provide back-up power at the Raymond Health Centre in the unlikely event the regular power supply is disrupted by weather or other factors. The generator will supply emergency power to the facility so patient care can be maintained during a power outage.

“Having an upgraded emergency power system readies us for anything Mother Nature can throw,” says Dr. Clayne Steed, Raymond community medical director. “Hopefully, we’ll never have to use it, but just having it adds a lot of peace of mind.”
Funding for the $400,000 generator comes from Government of Alberta’s Infrastructure Maintenance Program (IMP). A total of $1.6 million in projects and purchases will have been completed between April 2010 and June 2011 as part of an overall investment in health care facilities in the Cardston-Taber-Warner area.
In addition to the emergency generator, other local projects include: a medical gas system upgrade for Cardston; water and wastewater systems in Raymond; X-ray equipment for Raymond and Magrath; new patient beds for Cardston, Milk River and Taber; and an upgraded fire sprinkler system in Taber.
The Government of Alberta has committed $209 million for maintenance projects, through the Infrastructure Maintenance Program (IMP), and $75 million for technology and equipment, all part of the province’s 3-Year Health Capital Plan. The IMP budget provides funding to cover the cost of repairs, upgrades, maintenance and replacement of building systems and building service equipment at 128 sites throughout the province.
The technology and equipment budget provides funding to replace and upgrade medical equipment and technology throughout the province.
“Maintaining current medical equipment is critical to ensuring the highest quality care in our hospitals and health care facilities,” says Cardston-Taber-Warner MLA Broyce Jacobs.

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