Alberta Health Services is being criticized for permanently moving its operations to new facilities rather than waiting for repairs to be completed at the flood-damaged Holy Cross Centre.
'We are surprised to think the province of Alberta would be so callous as to attempt to terminate leases — some signed less than six months ago.' — Dale Couprie, senior manager at Enterprise Universal
AHS operated a chronic pain clinic, adolescent day program, colonoscopy clinic and cancer treatments at the old hospital in Calgary’s Mission area — all of which were temporarily relocated in the aftermath of June's floods.
The province is now making the moves permanent, with most of the facilities to be located in the former children’s hospital at Richmond Road and 17th Avenue S.W., said AHS Calgary zone senior vice president Brenda Huband.
The 77 people who had been living in long-term care at the Holy Cross Centre were moved to other facilities and will stay there, she said.
"The determination was that we would need to put more permanent facilities in place at Richmond Road to support our teams far into the future. Therefore we would just relocate to that location and stay there," Huband said.
Officials at the Holy Cross Centre criticized AHS for leaving the former hospital while repairs are still underway.
"We are surprised to think the province of Alberta would be so callous as to attempt to terminate leases — some signed less than six months ago," said Dale Couprie, senior manager at Enterprise Universal, which owns the centre.
"We are Albertans too. To have these punitive actions attempted is extremely upsetting and devastating to our business and future."
But Huband said the decision was made in the best interests of patients and residents.
"We've contemplated it for a while and it's really just been recent that we've made the final decision. We're very fortunate that we had Richmond Road as an option for us and the space is working well for patients receiving care there and for the staff," she said.