The Medicine Hat General Hospital, built in 1888-1890, was the first hospital in the entire Northwest Territories and the only one - between Winnipeg and Vancouver. Donations have been an important part of local healthcare from the very beginning. In fact, the original hospital was funded almost entirely from donations.
The hospital has undergone many changes, in 1958 a new hospital opened in its current location. In 1994, all local hospital boards were eliminated and replaced with 17 health regions, forming the Palliser Health Region. In June 1996 The Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation was established under the authority of the Regional Health Authorities Act. The formation of the Health Foundation was in response to the growing need to provide public accountability for the management and distribution of all donations intended for the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital and Community Health Services.
Since becoming one health region in 2008 (Alberta Health Services), the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital’s service area has covered 40,000 square kilometers, with a population of over 100,000, and a referral area of an additional 13,000 residents. The Medicine Hat Hospital employs over 1500 staff that provide care for over 50,000 patients each year. Many procedures that once required a hospital stay of several days are now accomplished in only a few hours thanks to continuing medical advancement, highly qualified staff, and new equipment.
Now, thanks to our generous donors, more services are available in Medicine Hat. Patients are more comfortable in new electric beds, more laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures are being conducted, diagnostic imaging tests such as CT Scans and MRI’s are accessible, and newborn babies receive the specialized care they need locally.
As we look to the future, the Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation is preparing to support the future hospital expansion, and excited to continue enhancing care for patients and their families within our community.
The Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation advances the health of our community through innovation and enhancements to healthcare and services in Southeastern Alberta.
Our Vision is for a healthy community that has access to outstanding healthcare and services in Southeastern Alberta.
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