A health centre to call their own - Metro US

A health centre to call their own

Residents of East Calgary now have a health facility tailored to the community, after the official opening of the East Calgary Health Centre yesterday.

The $10.6-million centre holds more than 30 clinics and programs including primary care, chronic disease management, oral health, and addiction and mental health services.

“Let’s face it, this community needed a facility,” said Premier Ed Stelmach at yesterday’s opening.

“It goes away from the traditional hospital setting to a health centre and that is why it is so widely used today (by) people living in the community.”

Many of the programs provided target the needs of the community, including prenatal and postpartum services to address the higher percentage of low birth-weights in the area.

“There will be many facilities opening over the next few years across the province; we’ll manage within the budget,” said Stelmach.

Health Minister Gene Zwozdesky added that the province will continue to expand health-care facilities.

“We always build space for today and for the future,” said Zwozdesky.

“(There’s) 1.5 million square feet of new space that’s coming on stream in about a year-and-a-half to two years.”

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