Date:   Aug. 5, 2021

T0:       Community Stakeholders

From:  Cindy Harmata, Senior Operating Officer, Areas 5-8, AHS North Zone

RE:        Temporary Bed Closure at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre

The Sacred Heart Community Health Centre is currently facing a temporary staff shortage and Alberta Health Services has made the decision to temporarily close five of the 20 acute care inpatient beds immediately until Sept. 7, 2021.

This is a temporary measure to ensure safe and high-quality care for patients, and a quality work environment for staff. AHS continues to look for solutions to address staffing needs.

The safety of our patients and staff is at the heart of every decision we make. Patients will continue to receive high quality, safe care. No other services will be impacted.

This won’t affect patient care as the site has sufficient capacity at this time. Of 15 beds, there are eight admitted patients. With the reduction of staffed beds, there is still space for additional patients as needed. Patients presently in hospital will continue to receive safe, high quality care.

Temporarily reducing the number of inpatient beds at a health care facility when staffing levels are low is common practice and ensures that we can continue to provide safe, quality care, for those requiring health services.

AHS is always working to address staffing needs and ensure appropriate access to health services. Recruitment efforts continue as AHS works to ensure access to local health care services.

AHS continues to recruit to vacant positions and ensure an effective orientation process. This temporary measure will assist the team to successfully orientate any new staff members to their positions.

AHS has launched a new webpage that provides information regarding short-term, temporary bed reductions. The webpage, which will be updated regularly, can be found here:

We will continue to update the community about recruitment efforts and thank the community for their understanding during this time.