Areas of Care
As the only regional referral centre for Alberta Health Services (AHS) Central Zone, Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre (RDRHC) provides specialized healthcare services to over 500,000 people from Central Alberta spanning the area between Drumheller and Two Hills and from the border of Saskatchewan to the Rocky Mountains.
The Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre is a leader in Cardiac diagnostic testing and Heart Failure management. They provide access to a wide array of Cardiac Diagnostic studies that assist with the diagnosis and treatment of numerous Cardiac disorders and diseases.
Diagnostic tools play an enormous role in determining ways to treat conditions and diseases, which is why the Foundation works hard each year to replace and update equipment as necessary to provide the highest quality care, while continually elevating cardiac care standards here, close to home.
For years, there has been a desire to offer the coronary angiography services at the Red Deer Regional Hospital. With the help of our donors and the provincial government’s significant investment in this area, we look forward to building world-class cardiac care for all Central Albertans.
Patient and family-centred care is at the heart of our units. When our children are ill, we look to our pediatricians for help.
Pediatricians require different equipment because younger patients require equipment and solutions that are not just smaller but designed specifically for their size, age, more delicate skin or particular level of comfort. RDRHC is the only level two referral site in Central Zone caring for those at or greater than 32 weeks gestation. The staff provides therapeutic support to laboring moms and offers measures to improve comfort and manage pain during labour and birth.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides care for over 50 babies per month who need special attention and who continue to require specialized services. The Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre is the only Regional NICU in Alberta to have Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, advanced practice registered nurses who specialize in the care and treatment of preterm and full-term newborn infants. This program was implemented in January 2019. Infants and children have distinct medical needs which is why the Foundation works closely with Pediatrics to help provide the equipment necessary for our smallest patients.
Operating rooms are specialized workspaces that require highly functional equipment of the highest quality, which surgeons and other OR personnel use to perform lifesaving procedures. Now more than ever, advances in technology are changing the standard of care.
Incorporating cutting-edge technology, such as powerful, fast, and more accurate equipment makes it possible to perform surgical interventions at lower risks and pain, and in a more effective manner. This is the future of healthcare.
With Red Deer being the only referral centre in the Central Zone, our services and technology are there to help speed identification and treatment of disease, shorten wait times and hospital stays, and reduce pain by providing faster, safer, more precise and less invasive options to more patients.
Having the latest technology plays an integral role with recruitment of surgical talent. Modern, up to date equipment and resources are attractive to new physicians looking to set up practice. It also provides incentive to existing healthcare professionals to stay here. New equipment combined with the latest technologies will allow for improved and added services that reduce patient wait times, build capacity, and most importantly, improve outcomes for our patients.
Trauma can happen to anyone, at anytime, anywhere. With so many people depending on RDRHC for urgent care, our expert physicians, nurses and staff must have the most technologically advanced tools to continue providing excellent care to every single patient who comes through those doors each day and night.
It takes an astonishing amount of critical medical equipment to deliver world-class Emergency and Intensive care at a regional hospital. It is essential that that equipment is up to date for seriously ill or injured patients to be treated quickly and efficiently from the moment they arrive at the Red Deer Hospital. Our community has come to expect a high level of care, and investments in the Emergency Department and ICU are essential.
Geriatrics and Palliative Care
Specialized Geriatric Services caters to older adults experiencing recent or undiagnosed declines in health or function.
This program is dedicated to delivering clinical consultation and education tailored to address medical complexity, frailty, chronic disease, functional decline, cognitive impairment, dementia, delirium, or falls. It goes beyond standard hospital care, offering specialized services to patients requiring a higher level and complexity of attention. The team possesses unique skills and knowledge, focusing on treating seniors to enhance their mobility and independence, enabling them to continue living at home with as much autonomy as possible.
Compassion forms the core of the approach in Palliative Care (Unit 32) at the Red Deer Regional Health Centre.
The palliative care team is committed to managing pain, providing comprehensive physical, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual support to patients and their families and caregivers. Their aim is to ensure comfort and dignity until the end of life, fostering open and honest communication while offering crucial support to family caregivers. This comprehensive approach creates a safe and supportive environment for both patients and their families during challenging times.
Alberta Health Services plays a pivotal role as the provincial health authority responsible for advancing and overseeing Alberta's mental health system.
Within the Provincial Addiction & Mental Health portfolio, the organization engages in a multitude of initiatives, encompassing advocacy, policy development, and collaborative efforts with stakeholders to enhance and streamline Addiction & Mental Health research and services. AHS actively collaborates with partners at interprovincial, national, and international levels.
The Foundation takes pride in its support for crucial initiatives, including the Adult Psychiatry units (34, 36) and Pediatric Psychiatry unit (39), Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury, along with various community programs. This commitment reflects the Foundation's dedication to fostering comprehensive mental health care and well-being in the community.