The future of health care is in your hands

We're analyzing the input and feedback collected during the in-person public sessions to help shape the future of health care. We are committed to re-engaging health care workers and Albertans through future comprehensive engagement opportunities.

Shape the way

Prioritizing your well-being

You are the lifeline of the health care system. You deserve to work in a system that prioritizes your well-being, utilizes your experience and expertise to drive innovation, and supports you in delivering the best quality care to Albertans.

The refocused health care system will have 4 provincial health agencies: Acute Care, Primary Care, Continuing Care, and Mental Health and Addiction. This will ensure doctors, nurses, front-line professionals and support staff will work in an organization specialized and focused on one area, so your leaders will have an in-depth understanding of what you do.

We want to partner with you to help drive the changes to Alberta’s health care system. Over the coming months, there will be regular engagement opportunities and your feedback will be vital in refocusing the health care system.

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Primary Care
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Continuing Care
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Acute Care
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Mental Health and Addiction
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The Alberta Association of Nurses is highly supportive of the bold steps the Government of Alberta is taking to refocus the health care system. These changes will help create better work environments for nurses and enable them to better provide care that meets the needs of Albertans.”

Kathy Howe, chief executive officer, Alberta Association of Nurses

The healthcare system in Alberta is in crisis and new ideas and approaches are required to address current need and to support Albertans into the future.”

Susan Prendergast, president, Nurse Practitioner Association of Alberta

Empowering front-line health care workers, including first responders, is a critical step to ensuring responsive and accessible health care for citizens and patients across the province.”

Ken McMullen, chief, City of Red Deer Emergency Services

What this means for my job

Supporting the health care workforce is one of our highest priorities. Refocusing the system is about putting the right people in the right place to deliver better care for Albertans.

Front-line workers delivering care will continue to do their jobs. We do not anticipate job losses for front-line workers. In fact, we will continue to grow the health care workforce and are taking steps to hire, train and recruit more doctors, nurses and other front-line health care workers.

The change is at the governance level. There will be dedicated leadership for each sector that will be held accountable and will be tasked with achieving priority goals to improve patient outcomes in each area.

We understand you have questions and concerns about what this change means to you. We are committed to communicating frequently and transparently during the transition period and hearing from you what the refocused health care system should look like.

As the refocusing takes place, we will work to minimize disruption to front-line services and health care workers to ensure patient care remains a top priority.

The Alberta Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Association believes in order to achieve improved ambulance response times and a community focused pre-hospital care system that prioritizes the well-being of its practitioners, a structural change to the provision of health is in order."

Elliott Davis, vice-president, The Alberta Professional Fire Fighters’ & Paramedics Association

We are excited with the government’s refocusing of the healthcare system. It will achieve better system coordination and delivery for service providers, more support for front-line workers and improved access to addiction and mental health supports.”

Lorette Garrick, CEO, George Spady Society

We need new models and a novel approach to our health care challenges. We have the talent, innovations, and the dedicated health care practitioners to achieve this.”

Reg Joseph, CEO, Health Cities

The role of AHS

Alberta Health Services (AHS) will continue to have a strong role as part of the refocused system.

Over time, AHS will be reorganized towards a singular mandate to deliver acute care services, with a renewed patient focus on shorter wait times and higher-quality care within the acute care provincial health agency.

A newly appointed AHS board will help oversee initial efforts to make this transition.

Meet the AHS board

The role of Covenant Health

Covenant Health will continue to offer its valuable services in the areas of acute care, continuing care and mental health and addiction in communities across Alberta.

Through the health care system refocusing, Covenant Health will transition to having a direct relationship with the new acute care, continuing care and mental health and addiction provincial health agencies respectively.

Our health system has been under considerable stress and we’re optimistic about the new bold and balanced direction set by Alberta’s government. We look forward to working with the government and all our partners to build on this new outcome-focused approach as we recommit all our energy to improving the health of Albertans.”

Patrick Dumelie, CEO, Covenant Health

Rural health care professionals

Alberta’s rural health care system faces unique challenges that will require new ideas and approaches.

A refocused health care system will address the loss of rural physicians, nurses and other health professions by working with you and listening to Albertans. Together, we will identify strategies and develop solutions to improve Alberta’s capacity to train a future health care workforce.

Alberta Health recently created a new branch to support these efforts and prioritize the health care needs of rural and remote communities.

As a health care worker, you deserve a system that supports you in delivering care, no matter where you practise.