Alberta Minister of Health and deputy premier Sarah Hoffman toured the Redwater Health Care Centre Nov. 29.
“I love getting out to see front line health care,” said Hoffman, adding that she tours a facility about once per week. She reads numerous reports about rural health care facilities and needs to get out and see them.
Hoffman described her visit as “business as usual,” and when asked, said Redwater’s hospital is not being considered for closing. Hoffman said she came to see the Redwater hospital because Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater MLA Colin Piquette had extended to her the Town of Redwater’s request for her to visit.
“Colin is a strong advocate for the community,” said Hoffman.
Mayor Mel Smith said, “We knew she (Hoffman) has been touring other areas, so we put in a call to Colin Piquette.”
The Redwater hospital opened on Jan. 1, 1973.
Alberta Minister of Health and deputy premier Sarah Hoffman posed for a picture with Redwater mayor Mel Smith and some members of council before she toured the Redwater Health Care Centre Nov. 29. In the photo are councillors Joanne Williams (Front L-R) and Connie Butcher, Hoffman, and Smith with coun. Dave McRae (Back L-R), Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater MLA Colin Piquette and coun. Les Dorosh. Story on front page.